NCDMM Board of Director Edward A. Morris Named Director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)

November 08, 2012 | Categories: America Makes News

November 28, 2012 —Orlando,Fla. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) announced yesterday at the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) 2012 that NCDMM Board of Director Edward A. Morris was named the Director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) effective February 2013. Mr. Morris will take over the leadership responsibilities of the newly founded institute from NCDMM President and Executive Director and NAMII Acting Director Ralph Resnick.

“I am proud to announce that Ed is joining the NCDMM and is the new Director of NAMII,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director to the DMC audience. “Ed has provided much needed leadership in the defense manufacturing arena for the last 20 years, drawing on a superior level technical expertise gained from a 40-year career as a mechanical engineer with material and design manufacturing experience, as well as the management of high profile industry manufacturing initiatives working with several industry associations.”

“I could not be more pleased and excited for both Ed and NAMII,” stated Resnick after the event. “I have every confidence that under Ed’s leadership and guidance, NAMII will continue to evolve into a powerhouse center for additive manufacturing excellence.”

As the new NAMII Director, Mr. Morris will also resign from the NCDMM Board of Directors and his current position as the Director of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing on the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering & Technology team, in which he reported to the Vice President of Engineering. In this capacity at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Morris worked with the Business Areas to develop and maintain the mechanical engineering skill set and tools necessary to efficiently design and manufacture Lockheed Martin’s portfolio of products. This skill set included an understanding and management of materials critical for system reliability. His focus was on improving the effectiveness of mechanical engineering design and manufacturing processes and technologies, and establishing practices that link the Mechanical Engineering, Production, Supply Chain Management and Sustainment communities so that life-cycle cost can be effectively managed. Additionally, he was the Vice Chairman of the Lockheed Martin Corporate Production Council. He was also responsible for developing and executing a proactive Lockheed Martin approach for Pb (lead)-free electronics risk management.

Mr. Morris is the Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Manufacturing Division, and is an active member of the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) Engineering Management Committee, the joint industry/government Pb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Consortium, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Transforming Defense Supply Chains Technical Advisory Board. He also serves as a member of the Industrial Advisory Boards for the Navy Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) Electronic Products and Systems Consortium at the University of Maryland, the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics at Auburn University, and the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas.

Mr. Morris has a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering fromPurdueUniversityand an MBA from theUniversityofTexasatArlington. He has 39 years of defense, commercial, and international aerospace industry experience with emphasis on program management, engineering, procurement, and manufacturing, and is a nationally recognized leader in advanced manufacturing technology.


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NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the NationalCenterfor Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit

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