Dr. Dean L. Bartles is Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute within UI LABS. He has served in both domestic and international capacities, with emphasis on manufacturing facility startups, plant management, program management, research and development, and production management. Dean has more than 35 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance Primex Technologies and General Dynamics Corp. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers where he was made a Fellow in 2012. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, Board member of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, as well as a Board member of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the MT Connect Institute, the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association, and the Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium. Dean also serves on the East Carolina University College of Technology Advisory Board, the Iowa State University Industry Advisory Board, the Pittsburg State University College of Technology Industrial Leadership Council, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Industrial Advisory Board where he was also awarded the status of “Fellow” in 2012.