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.
Enterprise Technology Leader, Materials and Manufacturing
Leo Christodoulou is Boeing’s leader for Materials and Manufacturing Technology, part of the company’s focused technology domains that comprise the Boeing’s Enterprise Technology Strategy.
As the aerospace leader, Boeing’s broad and diversified technology portfolio is focused on the future. And so, Dr. Christodoulou works across Boeing’s many businesses to provide focus on technical priorities and maximum value for structures- and manufacturing-related research investments. As part of his formal roles, he leads Boeing’s companywide strategy for additive manufacturing.
Dr. Christodoulou joined Boeing in October 2012 from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was head of the Advanced Manufacturing Office and co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative, a program launched by President Obama in June 2011.
Before that assignment, Dr. Christodoulou was Director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he applied his research expertise to developing revolutionary capabilities for the U.S. military. While at DARPA, he directed interdisciplinary research and development across the fields of math, physics and quantum science, materials, portable energy and power, tactical medicine, biological warfare defense and neuroscience. He also pioneered the accelerated development of multifunctional materials to realize a new class of unmanned, micro aircraft used by U.S. forces today. He is also the co-inventor and primary developer of a class of materials known as XD Alloys.
Dr. Christodoulou earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in metallurgy from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, and his research in environment-sensitive fracture of engineering materials continued at Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Dr. Christodoulou has taught materials science at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1996 Grunfeld Medal, 2006 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies, and 2011 Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Dr. Stephan Biller
Chief Manufacturing Scientist
GE Global Research
Stephan Biller is the Chief Manufacturing Scientist at General Electric. He is responsi¬ble for GE’s global advanced manufacturing strategy & enterprise analytics and the development of GE’s Brilliant Factory initiative across GE businesses to increase speed and productivity. Prior to being named to this position, he was a Technical Fellow & Global Group Manager for Sustainable Manufacturing Systems at General Motors’ R&D. Stephan received a degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern Univer¬sity, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has served on the executive committees of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (Chairman), America Makes, and the National Center for Manufacturing Science. He is a member of executive advisory boards of Northwestern and Cambridge University. He has been granted 11 patents, developed 22 trade secrets, and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.
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.
President and CEO
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) Board of Directors named Rick Jarman President and Chief Executive Officer of NCMS in 2007. NCMS is the largest cross-industry collaborative manufacturing research consortium in the United States devoted exclusively to manufacturing technologies, process and practices. Formed in 1986, the NCMS mission is focused on the development of strategic initiatives and programs aimed at sustaining and enhancing the global competitiveness of North American manufacturing.
Prior to this position at NCMS, Mr. Jarman was Director of Technology Partnerships at the Eastman-Kodak Company where he was a driving force to forge alliances with industry and government in order to improve commercialization processes through innovation and technology and global strategic partnerships.
In 1988, he represented Kodak on President Reagans’ Commission on Executive Exchange. He played a key role on the trade committee during the Commission’s meetings in the USSR and Western Europe and served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Production and Logistics in the Pentagon.
Rick serves on industry boards and advisory groups related to his work in building collaborative alliances. He is the Co-author of the book “Collaborative R&D: Manufacturing’s New Tool” published by John Wiley & Sons N.Y.
ACE Clearwater Enterprises
Kellie Johnson graduated from USC in 1982 with a B.A. in International Relations. She joined the family business in 1984 working in all areas from purchasing to production control. Kellie took over operations in 1985 and was promoted to President in 1989. Focusing on speed, quality and innovation, ACE Clearwater Enterprises has become a preferred supplier for most OEMs. Specializing in complex formed and welded assemblies, the company has grown to nearly 200 employees. ACE Clearwater Enterprises has been certified to the new ISO 9001:2008/AS 9100C international quality standards, as well as Nadcap accreditation in NDT and Welding, making ACE Clearwater one of a handful of aerospace companies of its size working under these high standards.
Currently, Kellie is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, as well as the NAM Executive Committee. She served as the Chair of the NAM’s Small and Medium Manufacturers group from 2010 through 2012. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Manufacturing Institute. In 2006 Kellie was appointed by Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to serve on the Manufacturing Council and was reappointed to serve on the Council under Secretary Locke with her term expiring in 2012, during which time she chaired the subcommittee on competitiveness. Additionally, Kellie is currently (2016) the Vice-Chair of the Catalina Island Conservancy Board of Directors. In the civic arena Kellie is involved with the local school system speaking about careers in manufacturing where she encourages educators to promote manufacturing as a great career path. Her company aggressively promotes internship programs to expose young people to engineering and other manufacturing related careers by working closely with Community Colleges and Universities.
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.
RADM J. Clarke Orzalli, USN (ret)
Senior Federal Business Development Executive
Dassault Systems Government Solutions (DSGS)
Rear Admiral Clarke Orzalli (ret) is a Senior Business Development Executive for Dassault Systems Government Solutions concentrated on improvement of efficiency and effectiveness in government by introduction of new IT tools. He is an elected council member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and is on the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association – New England Chapter. He completed 34 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Navy focused in naval fleet maintenance then retired in 2012 as Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. He holds an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and has been responsible for billions of dollars, thousands of personnel, hundreds of ships and multiple organizations in the United States and overseas. As deputy director, Fleet Readiness Division, OPNAV (N43B) he served as the Chairman of Joint Group on Depot Maintenance and later as director of Fleet Maintenance on the staff of commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Senior Director of Business Development-Aerospace & Defense
Siemens PLM Software
Lisa Strama is Senior Director of Business Development for Aerospace and Defense at Siemens PLM Software. She brings extensive and diverse leadership experience spanning functional roles for delivery, sales, systems design and infrastructure improvements. In Lisa’s current role, she represents the global Aerospace and Defense industry and is responsible for providing integrated product and application lifecycle management solutions, strategy and execution leadership.
Prior to joining Siemens, 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 director for manufacturing operations, where Lisa grew and led a portfolio in excess of $1 billion in manufacturing sales for highly technical and complex products. Lisa’s leadership and experience have resulted in extensive business transformations for manufacturing and engineering including cost reductions and increased employee engagement.
Throughout her career, she has supported and been an advocate for numerous employee resource groups and women engineers. 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 Managenment 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 the University of Virginia Darden graduate school and American Production and Inventory Control Society.
VP, Compensation & Benefits & HRIS
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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