Dean Bartles, Ph.d., FSME, FASME is the Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), which addresses the life cycle of digital data interchanged among a myriad of design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance systems, and flowing across an integrated, networked supply chain. Dean has had a distinguished 36 year career in manufacturing, implementing multi-million dollar programs domestically and internationally, setting up manufacturing operations in Egypt and Turkey, with responsibilities in research and development, technology transfer, program management, and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining DMDII, Dr. Bartles held several positions at General Dynamics and its predecessor companies, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of a key Strategic Business Unit in the Ordnance and Tactical Systems division within General Dynamics. In this role, Dean oversaw three manufacturing plants with over 700 employees, more than quadrupled the Strategic Business Unit’s sales over his 13 years of leadership, and led the acquisition of multiple companies. Dean was inducted into both the College of Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the College of Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2012. Among many additional honors, Dean was named the 2014 Manufacturing Leader of the Year at the recent Manufacturing Leadership Summit and received the 2014 prestigious Eugene Merchant Medal from ASME/SME. Dean also received the prestigious 2014 Martin K Starr award from the Production and Operations Management Society and received the 2012 Industry Innovation Award presented by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. Dean currently volunteers his time serving on the Boards of SME, MESA, NCMS, NCDMM, NAMRI, and the ASME Industry Advisory Board as well as Industry Advisory Boards at Pittsburgh State College, East Carolina University, and Iowa State University.