Board of Directors
Courtney Hill – Board Chair
CJ Hill Consulting (GE Aviation Retired)
Courtney Hill retired from the General Electric Company after a 36-year career in manufacturing technology, process development and commercialization. Presently, Courtney operates CJ Hill Consulting Services.
As the General Manager of Manufacturing and Quality Technology, a global technology organization for GE Aviation, Courtney was responsible for the development of next generation affordable manufacturing and inspection processes that support GE Aviation’s products and services worldwide.
Throughout his General Electric career, Mr. Hill held numerous engineering, operations and sourcing positions within GE Aviation, GE Power and Water, and GE Global Research. He has extensive experience in Six Sigma and lean manufacturing.
A graduate of Lehigh University, Mr. Hill currently serves as the chair of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences board of directors and on the board of the MTConnect Institute. He has also served on the boards of TechSolve and the Edison Welding Institute.
Courtney can be reached at email@example.com.
C. Alan Ferguson, PhD
Chairman, Board of Directors
Eclypse International Corporation
Mr. Ferguson served as CEO and President of Eclypse International where he led the company through a period that resulted in 1500% revenue growth. Mr. Ferguson was nominated as a finalist for CEO of the year in Southern California by the Tech America executive committee. His technology and manufacturing experience spans a very wide spectrum that includes: machine tools, manned spacecraft, nuclear safety analysis and surety review, nuclear effects and mitigation, advanced avionics consisting of radar, electronic countermeasures and acoustic signal detection and analysis, plus the attendant support equipment to maintain these technologies. His professional management background entailed Program management, Product Line manager, Director of Business Development, Business Area Manager, Vice President Operations, President, and Chief Executive Officer in aircraft, avionics, and aerospace test equipment industries. He is also a Board member of Applied Technology, Inc. and Wolfpaw Associates. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, he continued with graduate level studies in psychology, marketing and finance culminating with a PhD in Business Management.
NCMS board membership provides the opportunity through collaboration to apply his multifaceted experience background to promote technologies and innovative manufacturing to and through small and medium businesses in the United States. In the last several years Mr. Ferguson has supported industry and government initiatives related to technology development and commercial technology insertion, published several technical papers, and provided leadership in Eclypse and Government sponsored automated nondestructive test technology developments related to aging aircraft and to implement safety inspection and maintenance protocols in high value aircraft assets.
Dr. Thomas R Kurfess, Ph.D., P.E.
HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Thomas R. Kurfess received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also received an S.M. degree from M.I.T. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. Following graduation, he joined Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1994 he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he rose to the rank of Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 he was named Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. In 2012 he returned to Georgia Tech where he was appointed the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. During 2012-2013 he was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position he had responsibility for engaging the Federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. He was responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D, addressing issues related to technology commercialization, identifying gaps in current Federal R&D in advanced manufacturing, and developing strategies to address these gaps. He has served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing, and as a participating guest at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in their Precision Engineering Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced manufacturing systems targeting digital manufacturing, additive and subtractive processes, and large scale production enterprises. He has significant experience in high precision manufacturing and metrology systems. He has received numerous awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Award, SME Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the ASME Gustus L. Larson Award, an ASME Swanson Federal Award, and the SME Education Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, the SME and the ASME and is currently serving on SME’s Board of Directors as Vice President, and on the Board of Trustees of the MT Connect Institute.
Enterprise Engineering Manager Metals and Mechanical Parts
Boeing Research & Technology
Ricky is the Enterprise Manager of the multi-site Metals and Mechanical Parts Technology team in Boeing’s Research and Technology (BR&T) organization. In this role, he supervises a team of 175 managers and technologists, while proposing and managing the execution of a ~$30 million annual portfolio of research and development projects funded by Boeing, leveraged industry organizations and U.S. and international government agencies. His team has a global network of industry partners, metals manufacturing and materials technology research centers, supplier company research collaborators, and university partners that provide substantial financial and intellectual leverage to the teams R&D portfolio.
Ricky also holds the position of Metallurgy, Joining and Metals/Assembly Enrolled Skill Manager for 300 Boeing employees across all sites. This position requires him to manage permanent staffing and temporary subject matter expert support of production programs, as well as the overall development of skills in the metals field within Boeing. He holds several industry, government, and academic advisory board positions that steer the metallic materials, processes, and manufacturing development and investment strategies for U.S. and international organizations. Prior positions included Enterprise Manager of the multi-site Fabrication Technology team, Boeing Defense, Space, and Security – St. Louis Department Manager for Materials, Processes, and Physics Engineering and Senior Manager of Metallic Processes Development in the Phantom Works Division of Boeing. Prior to Boeing, he held various management, program management, research and development, and production support assignments related to metallic materials and processes within the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He was also employed by United Technologies’ – Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division for 5 years and was responsible for alloy and process development in support of turbomachinery applications for gas turbine engines.
Ricky holds 9 U.S. patents, has received several industry awards and published numerous articles and technical papers on aerospace materials, processes, and manufacturing technology. He has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science & Technology, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Washington University. He also has a Professional Engineering Degree in Material Science from Mo S&T and is a member of their Academy of Mines and Metallurgy. He has over 30 years of industry experience in the aerospace field.
VICE PRESIDENT, DEFENSE RESEARCH &
Neal Orringer is Vice President of Defense Research & Development at 3D Systems, overseeing the company’s government-sponsored additive manufacturing
technology development. His teams include materials and process engineers operating at both the Pennsylvania State University Center for Innovative Materials
Processing through Direct Digital Deposition and U.S. Army Research Laboratory, where he serves as a visiting researcher.
Previously, he held several senior policy positions in the U.S. government. At the Department of Defense (DoD), he served as Director of Manufacturing, running all DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech), Defense Production Act (Titles I and III), and other investment programs. He later co-managed the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy, as part of the Secretary of Commerce’s core policy team.
In 2012, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal for his pioneering management and record of achievement. Mr. Orringer launched President Obama’s Manufacturing USA network with the establishment of its pilot institute. In 2013, Mr. Orringer was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.
He also served on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs staff, where he led staff work on behalf of Chairman Chris Dodd, including the 2008-9 rescue of GM and Chrysler, foreign investment in the U.S., and economic sanctions. He also served as national security advisor to Senators Dodd, Mary Landrieu and Jean Carnahan. In 2002, he received the Reserves Officer
Association Congressional Staffer award for his work on military health care.
RADM J. Clarke Orzalli, USN (ret)
Rear Admiral (retired) Orzalli completed 34 years of commissioned service in 2012. At sea he served aboard USS Snook (SSN 592) and USS Helena (SSN 725). Ashore, Rear Adm (ret) Orzalli served at the U.S. Naval Academy; Submarine Development Group One, the Navy Staff and at Naval Shipyards in Bremerton Washington and Kittery Maine. Rear Adm. (ret) Orzalli was the 45th shipyard commander at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 2002 – 2005. During his command tour, he assumed additional duties in establishing the Northwest Regional Maintenance Center.
Following selection to flag rank, Orzalli again served on the Navy Staff where he chaired the Joint Group on Depot Maintenance, then established commander, Regional Maintenance Centers. Orzalli was then the director of Fleet Maintenance on the staff of commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command prior to becoming the Vice Commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, his final tour.
Orzalli holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Engineer and Masters of Materials Science and Engineering degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Systems Management from Golden Gate University.
Following retirement from the Navy, RADM (ret) Orzalli worked with Dassault Systems for 6 years before forming his own company, DADMIRALTY LLC. He continues to work on innovation in government through application of new technology. In addition to the BOD for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, he is the president of the National Defense Industrial Association – New England Chapter. After being appointed by Governor Baker in June 2015, he has served as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ representative to the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, tasked with breaking down the scholastic barriers children of military parents experience as they move from one duty station to another. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Caleb Group – providing affordable housing in New England and has recently been added to the Board of Directors of Kingsbury Thrust Bearings.
Director, Manufacturing Technology and Strategy
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Bill Saathoff is Director of Manufacturing Technology and Strategy for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. His current area of responsibility is the formulation of Production Operations near and long term strategies and the development and deployment of Manufacturing Technologies and Manufacturing Systems to support current and future LM Aero programs and sites. Bill additionally serves on the Lockheed Martin Production Council to support technology sharing across the corporations Missiles and Fire Control, Rotary and Missions systems, and Space Systems business areas.
Mr. Saathoff has worked over 20 years at Lockheed Martin in Operations and Engineering roles developing manufacturing methods, systems, and advanced materials. He has worked extensively in key programs such as F35, F22, F16 as well as several years in hypersonics research as Manufacturing Lead for the X30 program. He additionally served as Program Manager for AFRL funded research programs in Manufacturing Simulations as well as IPT lead for early JSF efforts, leading the Airframe Affordability Demonstration, which established technologies and designs to meet JSF affordability goals.
After departing Lockheed Martin in 2000 and prior to his return in 2009, Mr. Saathoff spent 10 years in the general aviation business with Hawker Beechcraft (formally Raytheon Aircraft). During his time there, he served in several roles including Transition to Production Manager for 2 new aircraft models, Plant Director of Composites Manufacturing, and Program Manager of International Production (Offsets, Outsourcing and Divestitures) establishing new facilities and suppliers in Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Isreal and the UK. During his time in commercial aviation, signiifcant experience was gained in Supply Chain Management. Mr Saathoff is a Program Management Professional (PMP) certified by Program Management Institute (PMI) since 2005 and a Lockheed Martin Level 3 Certified Program Manager.
A. Donald Steinman, III
Executive Vice President – General Manager
Mr. Steinman joined Product Knowledge in March of 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Senior Product Expert. In July of 2015, he was selected by the board to serve as General Manager. In this role, he directs all product strategy, planning, and execution for the firm and its clients.
He brings with him more than 20 years of technology product development and commercialization experience resulting in more than $2 Billion in delivered product. He is widely recognized as a leader in results-oriented unconventional product strategy and delivery. Having extensive experience with both large and small firms his expertise provides value across Product Knowledge’s entire range of clients.
Prior to joining Product Knowledge, Mr. Steinman most recently served as Vice President for Product Strategy and Business Development for QinetiQ North America overseeing nearly 90% of the firm’s product offerings. He joined QinetiQ in January of 2006 and served them continuously in multiple high visibility roles including as Vice President of Washington Operations where he focused on managing the corporation’s relationships within the US Congress, the Pentagon, and the DoD requirements commands. He also served as the Director of Technology Marketing and Commercialization.
Prior to joining QinetiQ, he served as an Executive Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Northeast Technology Transfer Center and also served as the principal Technology Scouting consultant for Nike, Burton Snowboards, Benetton Sports Systems, Converse and several other sporting goods manufacturers.
Throughout his professional career, he has held a number of senior positions in both management and technology development areas. His career spans both the defense and the commercial sectors with a principal focus on transitioning core technologies to sustainable products. Mr. Steinman holds degrees in Political Science and History from Emory University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
President and CEO
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Lisa Strama is President and CEO of NCMS, a leader in establishing and executing programs for increasing U.S. manufacturing global competitiveness through the acceleration of technology transfer. She brings extensive and diverse leadership experience spanning functional roles responsible for product delivery, sales, systems design, and infrastructure improvements.
Prior to joining NCMS, Lisa was a senior director of Aerospace and Defense business development for digital enterprise software at a Fortune Global 100 ranked company. In this role, she represented the global Aerospace and Defense industry and was responsible for providing integrated product and application lifecycle management solutions, strategy and execution leadership. Prior to this, Lisa was a senior director for a Fortune 500 global security company where she provided leadership and strategic direction and execution for an affordable, enterprise-wide, integrated and common engineering environment. She also served as a senior director for manufacturing operations, where she grew and led a portfolio worth more than $1 billion in manufacturing sales for highly technical and complex products.
Throughout her career, she has supported and been an advocate for numerous employee resource groups and women in STEM careers. Lisa is also actively involved with numerous charities and organizations as she is a mentor for employees and students.
Lisa’s academic credentials include a Master’s of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Western Illinois University. Additionally, she has been published and has held certifications from the University of Virginia Darden graduate school and American Production and Inventory Control Society.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
2U partners with colleges and universities to build what many believe is the world’s best digital education. Their platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services, and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. 2U’s No Back Row® approach allows qualified students and working professionals around the world to experience a first-rate university education and successful outcomes.
Dr. Dawn R. White
Founder and President/CTO
Dr. Dawn White is creative and capable executive with extensive experience in technology start-up company formation and financing, manufacturing science, and the defense contracting and R&D business. She has a continuous record of commercial innovation in a range of materials processing fields, including welding and joining science, metal spray forming, intelligent processing of materials and rapid prototyping and tooling. Dawn is currently founder and President/CTO of Accio Energy, a wind energy start-up developing non-turbine based, no moving parts wind energy technology. Previously she founded the VC-backed, Ann Arbor-based Solidica, Inc. in January 2000 based on the Ultrasonic Consolidation rapid prototyping process, which Dr. White invented and commercialized as the Form-ation™ rapid prototyping machine.
Before starting Solidica, Dr. White was a serial “intrapreneur.” She initiated research and development programs internal to Ford Research Laboratory in the area of welding and joining and rapid tooling, and moved spray formed rapid tooling into production. At MTS Systems, she developed a new customer base and business area in advanced material processing; redeploying existing technical capabilities and resources in novel applications to create new business worth tens of millions of dollars to the company. She has a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. She has published dozens of technical papers, and is a productive inventor, having been awarded 20 US Patents with several patents pending.
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