Board of Directors

Steven Duclos

 

Chief Scientist – Additive Manufacturing Technologies
GE Research Center
Niskayuna, New York 12309

Biography

Steven Duclos is Chief Scientist – Additive Manufacturing Technologies at GE Research. In this position he is responsible for developing technology advances across machine architecture, materials, digital, and modeling in additive manufacturing for GE, as well as new additive modalities.

Steve began his General Electric career in late 1991 as a Physicist in the Optical Materials Program.  During this time, he served on the Executive Committee of the NY State Section of the American Physical Society.  From 2000 to 2008 Steve managed the Optical Materials Laboratory at GE GRC, a laboratory responsible for development of advanced optical materials for a broad spectrum of GE businesses, including its Lighting and Healthcare businesses.  From 2008 to 2012 Steve managed GE’s Material Sustainability Initiative. This initiative addressed GE’s risks in the availability and sustainability of the company’s raw material supply, which included the development of a broad-based element-by-element assessment of the company’s material risks. The results of this assessment are used to develop research priorities that support recycling, reduced use, and substitution of lower-risk materials. Steve has testified to both US Senate and House Committees on the subject of Material Sustainability. In 2012 Steve was named Leader of the Materials Advanced Technology Program at GE Research. In this position he was responsible for advancing key materials and processing projects to prepare them for commercialization in the GE businesses, as well as advanced technology initiatives in the areas of materials and manufacturing, including additive manufacturing.

Steve attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 1984 and graduated from Cornell University in 1990 with a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics. He was a Post-doc at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ from early 1990 to late 1991.

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Courtney Hill  – Board Chair

Consultant

CJ Hill Consulting Services

General Manager, GE Aviation, Manufacturing Technology (Retired)

Biography

Courtney Hill retired from the General Electric Company in 2012 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 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. Notable areas of technology development and commercialization include high-performance structural composites, additive manufacturing, ceramic matric composites, advanced robotic applications, and digital manufacturing.

Throughout his General Electric career, Mr. Hill held numerous engineering, operations, and supply chain management positions within GE Aviation, GE Power, and GE Global Research.  A champion of operational excellence to drive productivity and cost-effective manufacturing, Courtney has extensive experience in Six Sigma and lean manufacturing.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Mr. Hill currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and the Chairman of the Board for the MTConnect Institute.  He also serves on the Board of Gardner Business Media.  He formerly served on the boards of Oberg Industries, TechSolve and the Edison Welding Institute.

C. Alan Ferguson, PhD

Chairman, Board of Directors

Eclypse International Corporation

Biography

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.

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Biography

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. He currently serves as the Chief Manufacturing of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and was the Founding Director for the Manufacturing Science Division Officer at ORNL. At present, he is on leave from Georgia Tech where he is 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 was President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2018, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the ASME. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced manufacturing systems targeting secure digital manufacturing, additive and subtractive processes, and large-scale production enterprises. Kurfess is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, and SME.

John Rand Langmead

PLM Fellow

Siemens Digital Industries Software

Biography

Randy Langmead is a PLM Fellow for the Aerospace, Defense, Federal and Marine division of Siemens Digital Industries Software.  He leads a Business Development team that provides Industry Solutions and Strategy to Siemens customers in pursuit of “The Digital Enterprise”.  Randy received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1980, and an MS in Aeronautical Avionics from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1988.  A former Naval Aviator, Randy served as a carrier-based Helicopter pilot and held a wide variety of Organizational Level Maintenance and Defense Acquisition Workforce positions while on active duty. Randy has been with Siemens since 1997 and has been involved with numerous Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) projects across the Department of Defense and at both commercial Aerospace and Defense and Naval Shipbuilding customers.

Bill Saathoff

Director, Manufacturing Technology and Strategy

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Biography

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

Product Knowledge

Biography

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.

Lisa Strama

President and CEO

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Biography

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.

Tyrone C. Taylor

President and CEO

Capitol Advisors on Technology

Biography

Tyrone C. Taylor is the President and CEO of Capitol Advisors on Technology, a firm founded in 2003. Capitol Advisors on Technology provides management solutions, technology management, and innovation management services to help its clients excel, which have included DoD, GSA, EPA, DHS, and General Electric. Prior to leading Capitol Advisors on Technology, Mr. Taylor held senior management positions at NASA and the private sector. He has worked extensively in the science and technology community, supporting federal departments and agencies, small and large businesses, and non-profits.

Mr. Taylor worked for NASA for over 20 years and held various executive and management positions. As a NASA executive on loan, he represented the entire Federal R&D community as the Washington, D.C. Representative for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, a congressionally chartered organization. In this capacity, he provided leadership in building public/private partnerships and crafted legislation that governs the private and public sector’s ability to collaborate with the federal government in R&D activities, manage intellectual property and commercialize technologies. Also, Mr. Taylor held key positions in several NASA Offices, including the Office of Space Station, the Office of Policy and International Affairs, the Office of Education, Office of Space Science, and Office of Inspector General. He participated in several special projects, such as an internal review of the Challenger Space Shuttle accident, oversaw centers of excellence and science investments valued at approximately $300 million, and managed about $1 billion in contracts and grants for systems engineering, information systems, facilities management, and technical and administrative services.

Mr. Taylor also held senior positions in the private sector and was responsible for various technology projects and initiatives. As V.P. for an I.T. Services company, he managed and supported business development activities for information technology and health care solutions. As Director for a High Technology Consortium Foundation, he developed and managed strategic partnerships with public, private, and academic organizations in technology commercialization. While in this role, he managed and provided technical support for technology development programs for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce, and NASA. As a Senior V. P. for a Technology Management company, Mr. Taylor’s duties included serving as the Program Manager for a multi-million dollar, dual-use technology development program and developing test and evaluation procedures.

Mr. Taylor has served on numerous technology advisory committees. He was a member of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee, Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies, and a member of the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Committee of Visitors. He contributed to a groundbreaking NSF review that played a vital role in reauthorizing the SBIR program. In addition, Mr. Taylor is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association and served as Chair of the Small Business Division and an Executive Committee Member of the Health Affairs Division. Over the years, he has worked with Congressional committees to assess potential legislation affecting the technology community. Also, he has served on the National Council Committees in determining the impact of various innovation initiatives.

Mr. Taylor earned his master’s degree in Business and Public Administration from Southeastern University, Washington, D.C., and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Wilmington College, Ohio, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He has received several awards for his work and contributions, including the NASA Exceptional Service Award and NDIA’s National Gold Medal. Also, he was recognized by Congress for his outstanding leadership and successful efforts in support of the federal R&D laboratory community. The FLC bestowed upon him the FLC Harold Metcalf Award, their highest award. In addition, Mr. Taylor was recognized by DoD as an “Honorary Office of Research and Technology and Applications Representative” for his contributions to DoD’s technology transfer community.

Anne Tinker

VP, Global Total Rewards and HR Technology

Kontoor Brands

Dr. Dawn R. White

Founder and President/CTO

Perisense

Biography

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.

NCMS Management

Lisa Strama

President and CEO

Rebecca Taylor

Executive Vice President
Business Development & Programs

Jon Riley

Senior Vice President
Digital Enterprise & Initiatives

Pam Hurt

Vice President
Business Capture, Membership, & Brand Management

Rachel O’Donohue

Treasurer, Vice President,
Financial & Business Operations

Lenore Litwin, SHRM-SCP

Vice President
Human Resources and Facilities Management

Debra Lilu

Vice President
Maintenance and Sustainment Business Development

Beth Bolog

Director, Contracts and Corporate Secretary