Mr. Robert Kiggans, outgoing IMS Chair, was honored by the IMS International Steering Committee, key stakeholders, and distinguished guests at a celebration event held in Mexico City at Piso 51 Club on 22 July, 2015. Bob, as he is known to his colleagues, was always pushing for more research and higher visibility of the organization. He quickly and strongly supported the concept of the World Manufacturing Forum. He also is known for his desire to promote the IMS concept of international collaboration and was always a tireless ambassador for the organization. We hope he will continue to do so on our behalf.
Mr. Dan Nagy, Managing Director, gave a review of accomplishments under the US Chairmanship including the addition of a new member, South Africa, the development of a highly successful program for the World Manufacturing Forum held in Milan, and the many meetings and conferences that IMS held and/or presented the organization to expand our mission. Mr. Kiggans dedicated many hours of his personal time to IMS, and in recognition, the International Steering Committee recognized him with an award.
Mr. Kiggans has a very long list of accomplishments including the following:
- IMS Chair, 2012-2015
- IMS US head of Delegation, 2004-2012
- International Leadership Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its Federal Sector
- President and CEO of ATI and General Manager of PDES, Inc., an international standards collaboration.
- Vice President of SCRA and Director of the Advanced Technology Group.
- Director for C3I Advanced Systems at Cincinnati Electronics.
- Deputy Director, Information Science and Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he supported the development of a multi-billion dollar computer/communications upgrade program. And while with the Air Force Strategic Air Command, he directed advanced computer technology initiatives, including development of a multi-million dollar automated executive information system.
- He completed the Electronic Data Systems (EDS) System Engineering Development Program and became a software systems engineer for EDS.
- Kiggans received a B.S. degree from The Citadel and an M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
- He was a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a former senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer.
- He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Integration; International TechneGroup, Inc., PDES, Inc.; the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing and the Silver Crescent Foundation.
- Kiggans has been with SCRA for more than 25 years and his contributions to their Applied Research and Commercialization Programs, Innovation Centers and Research Parks helped SCRA generate a cumulative economic contribution of more than $13.7B to South Carolina since its inception in 1983.