America Makes Membership Community Elects GM’s Susan Smyth to Executive Committee

March 06, 2018 | Categories: America Makes News

Special Election Held to Fill Vacancy

Youngstown, Ohio — March 6, 2018. America Makes proudly announces the election of Susan Smyth, Ph.D., FSME, Chief Scientist for General Motors (GM) Manufacturing Director, Manufacturing Systems Research, GM R&D, to its Executive Committee. The America Makes Executive Committee serves as the main strategic advisory committee for America Makes with a focus on strategy, policy, and advocacy. Elected members to the Executive Committee include individuals of sufficient stature and understanding of the additive manufacturing industry and who are committed to the vision and mission of America Makes.

A special election of the Executive Committee was held in February to fill the vacancy recently left by the departure of Teresa Clement, Ph.D., Strategic Technology Directorate – Technology Planning, Raytheon, who stepped down due to her increased responsibilities at Raytheon. Dr. Smyth will hold the position for a term of one year wherein the regular election schedule for the Executive Committee will resume.

“It is my honor to announce Susan’s election to the Executive Committee,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Executive Director. “While we celebrate Susan’s election, I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t also recognize Teresa for her dedicated service and numerous contributions throughout the last five years to the Executive Committee and America Makes. Besides being an Executive Committee member, Teresa also served as Chairperson and Secretary. On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we wish Teresa all the best in this exciting next chapter for her at Raytheon.”

Added Ralph Resnick, America Makes Founding Director and NCDMM President and Executive Director, “We realized from the very beginning that America Makes would need innovative direction and guidance from bona fide leaders within our industry and government partners. To date, we have been extremely fortunate that our Executive Committee has been comprised of dedicated, quality people and well-respected industry leaders. The addition of Susan to our Executive Committee continues this powerful tradition. She is a highly recognized and respected thought leader in the global manufacturing community and a longtime pioneer of the integration of additive manufacturing into the automotive industry. We are very excited about Susan joining our team and sharing her passion, vision, and wisdom with our partners.”

Dr. Smyth joins the following industry leaders and current members of the Executive Committee:

  • Jesse Boyer, Fellow – Additive Manufacturing, United Technologies Corporation
  • Joe Sendra, VP of Manufacturing Engineering & Technology, Johnson & Johnson
  • Leo Christodoulou, Director of Structures and Materials, Enterprise Operations and Technology, Boeing Company
  • Mike Hripko, Assistant VP of Research, Youngstown State University
  • Rick Billo, Associate VP for Research, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • John Koehr, Managing Director of Technology Advancement and Business Development, ASME
  • Jeannine Kunz, VP of Tooling U-SME and VP, Director of Training & Development, SME
  • Corky Clinton, Deputy Manager – S&MS, NASA
  • Ben Bouffard, Additive Manufacturing Lead, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation), Department of Navy
  • Valri Lightner, Acting Deputy Director, Department of Energy

In her current position at GM, Dr. Smyth is recognized as one of the strategic technology leaders both inside and outside the organization and is responsible for manufacturing technology research and development, enabling the production of world class vehicle and propulsion systems and driving innovations to enhance quality, efficiency, and flexibility of GM’s manufacturing systems.

She is also the GM Executive Representative and Chair of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership Council at the United States Council for Automotive Research.

Since 2012, Dr. Smyth has been serving as a board director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), a non-profit organization which has been supporting the manufacturing industry for the last 85 years, promoting manufacturing technology and developing education programs for workforce development. This year, Dr. Smyth is also serving as the board’s Vice President.

In addition, Dr. Smyth has served as Chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which advises the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect United States manufacturing.

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America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


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