Steve Ray serves as the Project Development Coach for the U.S. Region within the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Program. IMS is an industry-led, international business innovation and research and development (R&D) program established to develop the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies through multi-lateral collaboration. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, where he researches semantics, information interoperability and standards in manufacturing, the smart electrical grid, and the Internet of Things. Formerly, he spent twenty-seven years initiating and leading technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he was responsible for the management of a $13M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. Dr. Ray served for one year as Chairman of the IGES/PDES Organization that coordinated the U.S. participation in the definition of STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data, ISO 10303). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and his Bachelors in Physics from Bristol University in England.