John Wilczynski

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of America Makes, John is responsible for the leadership and strategic vision of the Institute. Through his national outreach, sustainment efforts, and management of membership and stakeholders, he drives the mission and vision for the nation’s leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) technology and education. In 2009, John joined the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and, in 2012, transitioned to the America Makes program, which is driven by NCDMM. He continues to play an instrumental role in the amplification of the additive manufacturing industry. 

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director in 2019, he served as the America Makes Technology Director for five years. During this time, he led 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 has a demonstrated history of working in the automotive, defense, and aerospace industries. 

John has a long-standing background in mechanical engineering and is highly skilled in operations management, industrial engineering, root cause analysis, and continuous improvement processes. Previously, he was an auditor and quality manager for the global manufacturing system at General Motors.