NCDMM Names Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D., as Its Next President and CEO

May 01, 2019 | Categories: America Makes News

NCDMM Also Announces Additional Organizational Changes

Dean Bartles Ph.D.Blairsville, Pa. — May 1, 2019. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) is proud to name Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D., FSME, FASME, and NCDMM Board of Director as its next President and CEO effective today. Ralph Resnick is stepping down and will assume a newly created position of Vice President of Strategy.

“I am beyond honored to lead the NCDMM team and this tremendous organization,” said Dr. Bartles. “Within the defense manufacturing industry, the NCDMM is a highly respected organization, one known for the innovative work and the results that it has achieved to support the defense supply chain. As a Board Member for years, I anticipate a smooth transition as I’m very aware and familiar with the operations.

“I also want to acknowledge my friend and colleague Ralph for his service, dedication, and contributions to the organization during his 8 years at its helm,” continued Dr. Bartles. “I look forward to our continuing collaboration as Ralph takes on his new position.”

On Dr. Bartles being named as NCDMM’s next President and CEO, Mr. Resnick said, “I am confident in the selection of Dean as NCDMM’s newest leader. He has been a staunch supporter of NCDMM’s work and knows the organization well. I wish him the best as he takes on this role and one that I believe he is ideally suited for based on his extensive manufacturing experience and leadership background. At the same time, I am also excited about my next chapter at the NCDMM in carrying out my duties as VP of Strategy.”

Recently, Dr. Bartles served as the President of the National Tooling and Machining Association, the national representative of the precision custom manufacturing industry. Prior, he served as the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire and was previously the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago. Dr. Bartles worked for General Dynamics Corporation for 30 years setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the U.S. and prior to that he worked for Fairchild Republic Company.

He recently served as the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Dean graduated from Indiana State University earning a Ph.D. in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems.

Additional Organizational Changes

Organizational changes are also underway at America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which NCDMM manages. Rob Gorham, NCDMM’s Executive Director at America Makes recently shared that he is stepping down.

“After six wonderful years at the NCDMM and having the privilege of serving as the America Makes Executive Director for the past two years, I am resigning effective May 31st to pursue other opportunities,” said Mr. Gorham. “I want to assure everyone that America Makes is as strong as ever as we move into the second half of FY19 with FY20 looking even better. The partnerships continue to mature and the progress we are making in the United States additive manufacturing industry amazes me daily. We should all be proud of our accomplishments and have tremendous confidence in the work we are doing together as we move forward.”

America Makes current Technology Director, John Wilczynski will become acting Executive Director effective June 1st with NCDMM’s Randy Gilmore, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer taking on Mr. Wilczynski’s previous role as acting Technology Director. Mr. Resnick, who was also the Founding Executive Director of America Makes, will be serving in a strategic advisory role during the initial transition.

“First, I want to thank and acknowledge Rob’s many contributions to America Makes during his tenure,” said Mr. Wilczynski. “I know he will achieve much success in his next endeavor. Meanwhile, I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the acting Executive Director, ensuring a seamless transition during this time and continuing to execute against the mission and objectives of America Makes.”

As the America Makes Technology Director, Mr. Wilczynski was tasked with continuing the facilitation of the National Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing Roadmap, the development of an Intellectual Property (IP) Management Plan, the execution of the Project Call Process for Agency-Driven and Cooperative Agreement Driven project solicitations, and program management of the America Makes project portfolio.

He joined the NCDMM in October 2009 as the Manager of the Manufacturing Consortium and has more than 20 years of manufacturing experience. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing and coordinating opportunities and initiatives related to the NCDMM Supply Chain and Sustainability Program areas. He also led the MRSI program and MTConnect Challenge.

Mr. Wilczynski graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has worked in a wide variety of manufacturing positions with varying levels of responsibility. John started out as a Process Engineer at Valeo Engine Cooling with a focus on process improvement, equipment productivity and new technology implementation. He continued to gain experience in manufacturing, while spending more than eight years at General Motors Pontiac Metal Center Division working through a variety of positions and levels throughout the stamping organization.

In summarizing all of the recent changes, Dr. Bartles noted, “The NCDMM is thriving and these changes simply reflect not only the ongoing evolution of a growing organization, but also the flourishing professional careers of individuals. I extend my best wishes to all.”

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NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes and the V4 Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

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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 and follow @AmericaMakes on Twitter.