Appoints Stephan Biller as CEO of Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc.
Clearwater, Fla. — August 26, 2020. The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) announces that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Stephan Biller, Ph.D. as the Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s new subsidiary, Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI), effective immediately. Dr. Biller will report directly to MTDG President Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D., FSME, FASME.
“I have had the extraordinary pleasure of knowing Stephan as both a colleague and a friend for many years,” said Dr. Bartles. “He is a technological visionary. Stephan possesses all the leadership qualities, a strong commitment to excellence, and an extensive background in digital transformation technologies needed to grow AMI into the trusted and recognized leader of digital and smart manufacturing solutions. I am excited to be working with Stephan in growing the organization and empowering all manufacturers to implement digital innovations that will enable them to better compete in the global economy. From all of us at the MTDG family of companies, we extend a warm welcome to Stephan.”
Dr. Biller brings to AMI more than 20 years of experience in analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, and digital manufacturing, for which he has recently been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. As CEO of AMI, Dr. Biller will work closely with Dan Nagy, VP of International Programs, who is transitioning to AMI from NCDMM to cultivate partnerships with key solution providers and identify international customers who could benefit from AMI’s expertise. Mr. Nagy will report to Dr. Biller. Additionally, the position of VP of Smart Manufacturing Programs will also report to Dr. Biller once a candidate is hired.
“I am honored to join AMI and collaborate with the leadership across the MTDG family of companies,” said Dr. Biller. “It is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to not only building AMI into an industry leader in the digital manufacturing sector, but also continuing to innovate for the advance manufacturing industrial base at large. There are significant benefits to integrating digital manufacturing technologies and processes into manufacturing operations. I look forward to helping our customers, particularly small to medium-sized manufacturers, harness the vast potential of digital manufacturing to transform their companies.”
AMI was founded earlier this month as a new subsidiary of MTDG and a sister, not-for-profit company to the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) to support MTDG’s long-term growth strategy within the global advanced manufacturing industry. AMI seeks to advance innovative technologies and best practices into global manufacturing markets while expanding into the broader U.S. manufacturing sector beyond the defense industrial base currently served for nearly 20 years by NCDMM.
Since 2017, Dr. Biller had served as the Vice President of Product Management for AI Applications & Watson IoT® at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM®). In this capacity, he led IBM’s Industry 4.0 solution products, including IBM Maximo®, TRIRIGA®, Asset Optimization and Operations Optimization using Big Data, AI and Analytics to drive operational excellence from factories and supply chains to the operations of oil fields and power plants. He is a recognized thought leader in Industry 4.0, Digital Twin, and AI for Manufacturing.
Prior to joining IBM in 2017, Dr. Biller served as the Chief Manufacturing Scientist & Manufacturing Technology Leader at General Electric Corporation (GE), founding and leading GE’s “Brilliant Factory” initiative to improve operations by embedding Industrial Internet connected sensors in machines, as well as its additive manufacturing software strategy. Earlier positions include General Motors (GM) Fellow & Global Group Manager for Manufacturing Systems. He holds multiple degrees, including a Dipl.-Ingenieur degree from RWTH Aachen, Germany; a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University; and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Biller is a founding Board member of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC). He is the recipient of two GE CTO Awards; five Boss Kettering Awards, GM’s highest innovation award; and four Charles McCuen Research Awards, GM’s highest research award. Dr. Biller holds 11 patents and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He is a Board of Director of MTConnect® and served on the Executive Committees of MxD (formerly the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute) and America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
About Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc.
The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group (MTDG) is committed to transforming the advanced manufacturing industrial base throughout the world by driving innovation and accelerating growth. It is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit holding company of both the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI), a new subsidiary and sister company to NCDMM. Founded in 2020, MTDG is headquartered in Clearwater, Fla. For more information, visit MTDG at https://mtdg.org/.
About Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc.
Established in 2020, Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI) seeks to advance innovative technologies and best practices into global manufacturing markets while expanding into the broader U.S. manufacturing sector beyond the defense industrial base currently served for nearly 20 years by our sister company, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). At AMI, our goal is to help manufacturers, regardless of geographic location, innovate, thrive, and succeed. AMI is a subsidiary of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) and is based in Clearwater, Fla. For more information, visit AMI at https://advmfg.org/.
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in defense manufacturing to 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 is a subsidiary of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) and also manages America Makes and the V4 Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at https://ncdmm.org/ and follow @NCDMMnews on Twitter.