Youngstown, Ohio — January 13, 2014. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, proudly announces two staffing changes to its leadership team effective immediately.
America Makes is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources, is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).
Current America Makes Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach Darrell Wallace, Ph.D. will become the new Deputy Director of Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME).
Replacing Dr. Wallace as the Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach is Michael A. Hripko. Mr. Hripko is the former Director of the STEM College Research and Technology-based Economic Development at Youngstown State University.
“I want to first recognize Darrell for all his workforce and education contributions and his dedication to our mission,” said America Makes Director and NCDMM Vice President Ed Morris. “I look forward to him making a big impact in his new AME role. I am also very pleased to welcome Mike to the America Makes and NCDMM team. As a result of his previous role at YSU, Mike is very familiar with the work of America Makes and has been supportive of our goals. On behalf of all of us at America Makes and NCDMM, I am excited to extend a warm welcome to Mike.”
Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and America Make Founding Director, added, “I too extend my congratulations and welcome to Darrell and Mike, respectively. I am very proud of how the NCDMM family continues to evolve, as well as grow not only in numbers, but in quality members. I want to thank Darrell for all of his accomplishments to date and for agreeing to move to a new and exciting role within America Makes. I cannot think of anyone more knowledgeable for the demanding position of Deputy Director of AME. Since our original days of proposal preparation for the Institute, Darrell has quickly grasped the difficult to describe concept of AME and has nurtured the concept into a concrete strategic thrust. I anticipate Darrell growing into an ultimate AME expert.
“As for Mike, it truly feels like he has already been a member of our team since he has been so supportive of America Makes from our very first Youngstown encounter,” continued Mr. Resnick. “I am confident that Mike will distinguish himself in his role as the new Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach and help America Makes achieve its goal of creating an adaptive, leading U.S. workforce in additive manufacturing.”