Speaker Date Topic
Alistair Stewart, MT Manufacturing Extension Ctr. Mar 19, 2021 7:00 AM
The Capabilities of Manufacturing in Bozeman

Alistair Stewart is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in Chicago. He rejoined the MEP system in 2015 as MMEC’s Specialist for Billings and then Bozeman. His non-MEP experience includes leveraging operational excellence to accelerate & improve portfolio company performance for private equity investors, including consulting practice leadership with Giga Information Group (now Forrester), and positions of increasing responsibility with firms such as Baxter Healthcare, British Gas, and British Technology Group.

Alistair holds a Master of Science degree in Managerial Communication from Northwestern University. He is Montana’s only Certified Exit Planning Advisor, and holds additional professional credentials in Innovation, Lean, and Six Sigma. He serves as a Senior Advisor at an Investment Banking firm focused on the lower middle market, and as an Advisor to one of the country’s leading Transition Readiness consultancies.

Alistair is an avid fly fisherman, and is very active in Trout Unlimited and other coldwater conservation organizations.

Trenton J. Berg, Program Director MSU Mar 26, 2021 7:00 AM
The Photonics and Laser Technology Program at MSU

Mr. Berg is currently the Program Director for the Photonics and Laser Technology program at Gallatin College – MSU.  Trent is the President of the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance (MPIA), a role which he assumed in January of 2019. Trent joined Gallatin College – MSU in 2016 after working in the Photonics industry in the Gallatin Valley for 12 years. Trent helped co-found Blackmore Sensors and Analytics in 2016 and was also instrumental in the growth of several Photonics companies in the valley including S2 Corporation (2004-2008) and Bridger Photonics (2008-2015). In his industry career, Trent has 17+ years of experience in the fields of lidar, remote sensing, nonlinear optics, laser development, optical engineering, systems engineering, prototype development, laser stabilization, digital signal processing, software / algorithm development, rapid prototyping, and technical program management. Trent has several publications and patents in the fields of lidar and optical remote sensing.


Trent has a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University.

Trent is a native Montanan and is married with 3 kids. Trent enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, golfing, and supporting the Bobcats in any way possible.