NAMII Welcomes Industry Leaders to NAMII as New Deputy Directors

April 01, 2013 | Categories: America Makes News

Youngstown, Ohio. — April 1, 2013. NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, awarded on August 2012, and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), proudly announces permanent deputy director appointments to its leadership team.

Joining NCDMM Vice President and NAMII Director Ed Morris in the management and daily operations of NAMII are Rob Gorham, Daniel J. Maas, and William (Bill) Macy. They replace NAMII’s Acting Deputy Directors Gary R. Fleegle; Howard Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E.; and Debbie Holton. Additionally, Darrell R. Wallace, Ph.D., NAMII Acting Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach, will be staying on at NAMII in his current capacity, continuing to provide guidance on workforce training and education outreach activities among NAMII partners, leveraging his experience as the Founding Director of YSU’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives (AMWI).

“On behalf of all of us at NAMII, I want to officially congratulate and extend a warm welcome to Rob, Dan, and Bill,” said NCDMM Vice President and NAMII Director Ed Morris. “We are also grateful to Darrell for continuing to lead NAMII’s workforce and education outreach activities. In appointing this group of permanent NAMII Deputy Directors, we have solidified NAMII’s leadership infrastructure. The breadth of additive, manufacturing, engineering and business management experience Rob, Dan, Bill, and Darrell bring to each of NAMII’s thrust areas of technology development, technology transition, advanced manufacturing enterprise, and education/workforce outreach will be instrumental to NAMII’s success and sustainability.”

“I also want to join Ed in welcoming Rob, Dan, Bill, and Darrell to NAMII,” said Ralph Resnick, Founding Director of NAMII and President and Executive Director of NCDMM. “I would be remiss if I didn’t also take this opportunity to recognize and thank Gary, Howard, and Debbie for all their contributions to NAMII. As acting deputy directors, they contributed much during NAMII’s initial start-up phase and established a solid foundation for their successors.”

NAMII official deputy director appointments are as follows:

Mr. Gorham is the new NAMII Deputy Director of Technology Development. He brings more than a decade of solid defense research and advanced manufacturing experience. Prior to joining NAMII, he was the Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development (MXD) group within the Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Prototyping (AMS&P) directorate of Lockheed Martin (LM) Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs (ADP). In this position, Mr. Gorham was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and the application of affordable manufacturing technologies for LM Aeronautics and other LM Business Areas across the corporation. Previously, Mr. Gorham also served as LM Aeronautics Program Manager for the LM Corporate Engineering and Technology (CE&T) Relevancy Initiative and LM Aeronautics Program for LM Corporate Nanotechnology Strategic Technology Thread (STT). He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Maas is the new NAMII Deputy Director of Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise. He has more than 40 years of experience in product engineering, process development, manufacturing systems design and analysis, integrated product/process improvement, project/program management, and business development. As an experienced team manager of manufacturing researchers with program objectives and budget responsibilities, Mr. Maas brings a vast technical and managerial foundation that will prove invaluable in establishing NAMII as a national center of excellence. Prior to joining NAMII, Mr. Maas was the Director of New Business Development at The ExOne Company and most recently, the Chief Technical Officer at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) with a focus on Manufacturing Processes and Materials Materials, and Production Equipment and Systems. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lake Superior State University.

Mr. Macy is the new NAMII Deputy Director of Technology Transition. He brings more than 15 years of experience in both additive manufacturing and metrology, and 25+ years of aerospace design experience in a wide range of aerospace applications, including military, commercial, business, and support. Mr. Macy has extensive knowledge and experience related to Department of Defense and aerospace requirements for integration of new designs and manufacturing methods. Prior to joining NAMII, Mr. Macy was the President and Owner of Macy Consulting Inc., providing reverse engineering, design, and manufacturing solutions that leveraged the power of digital design and advanced manufacturing methods and technologies. In this capacity for the last four years, Mr. Macy primarily consulted at Stratasys, functioning as the Principal Investigator and Application Development Lead for the Direct Digital Manufacturing Group. Mr. Macy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri. Dr. Wallace will remain the NAMII Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach. Beginning in June, Dr. Wallace is taking a leave of absence from his duties at YSU to focus his energies at NAMII.

Dr. Wallace brings a unique blend of core competencies to NAMII that spans across his professional, industry outreach, research, and teaching background. Dr. Wallace’s work at YSU’s AMWI has proven to be particularly invaluable to NAMII as it promotes workforce training and education outreach activities among its partners and ensure their inclusion in the projects that NAMII selects and funds. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on manufacturing processes. His doctoral degree is in industrial engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing automation, engineering education, and cognitive engineering. Full biographies of all NAMII leadership are available on the NAMII Web site at