MTP Development Coaches

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Support services for project formation are offered through IMS MTP Coaching staff, available in every IMS region, under the direction and assistance of the local Regional Secretariat. Coaches provide assistance through partner search and other activities. They can also help interested researchers to find existing projects and facilitate networking.

European Union

Christoph Runde, Ph.D
IMS International
1700 North Moore Street
Suite 2100
Arlington, VA 22209

Email: [email protected]


Dr. Runde is general manager of Virtual Dimension Center w.V. (VDC), a network and cluster initiative for virtual engineering and for virtual reality, and D-Fellbach: leadership for organization, technology, staff and strategy. He manages the VDC innovation network and has established VDC among Europe’s 50 best performing innovation networkToday, the VDC is Baden-Württembergs most awarded cluster initiative. He has also earned expert status at the European Commission, and is an expert for the factories of the future, high performance computing, and joint calls NMP and ICT. Dr. Runde is the Vice President of the European Virtual Reality Association and a member of the European Cluster Excellence Expert Group and the German Informatics Society.

He earned his PhD at the Stuttgart University covering the thesis “Conception and industrial implementation of virtual reality as a digital factory building-block“. Dr. Runde is the recipient of many awards, and most recently the “European Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD”, “Cluster-Exzellenz Baden-Württemberg”, and “Innovative through Research” by Stifterverband der Deutsche Wissenbchaft.

Dr. Runde is currently a project coach for IMS International and its Industry 4.0 project cluster program.


David Romero

David Romero
Senior Research Scientist & Scientific Project Manager
Center for Innovation in Design and Technology
National Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technologies
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Calle del Puente 222 Col. Ejidos de Huipulco
Tlalpan, 14380, México, D.F.
Ph. +52 (55) 54-83-16-05
Fax. +52 (55) 54-83-16-06
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Professor David Romero is Senior Research Scientist and Scientific Project Manager at the Tecnológico de Monterrey University in Mexico. He currently acts as leader of the research line on Sustainable PRocess Industry & iNdustrial ecoloGy (SPRING) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group, Center for Innovation in Design and Technology, National Graduate School of Science and Engineering. He is former Director of Strategic Partnerships for Knowledge Generation and Transfer at Vicepresidency for Research, Postgraduate Studies and Continuous Education at the same university, where he has also occupied different executive director positions in the departments of research and development, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management, and business incubation, acceleration and technology transfer. He has led and participated in various national and international research projects, consulting services and training programmes related to: Enterprise Architectures, Integration, Interoperability and Networking (EAI2N), Concurrent Engineering Enterprise (CEE), Sustainable Collaborative Networked Organizations (CNOs), and Technology and Innovation Management (TIM). Furthermore, he is actually member of the Ibero-American Community for Knowledge Systems (CISC), the Global Knowledge Based-Development Community (KBD), the Society of Collaborative Networks (SoColNet), the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), the ICE Community on Engineering, Technology and Innovation Management, the IFAC TC-WG5.3 on Enterprise Integration and Networking, the IFIP WG5.12 on Enterprise Integration Architectures, and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) programme. He has published more than 70 journal and international conference articles and serves at different editorial and scientific committee boards in the disciplines of business and industrial engineering.

United States

Steve Ray

Steven R. Ray, Ph.D.

IMS International
1700 North Moore Street
Suite 2100
Arlington, VA 22209
Ph: +1 650 587 3780 (CA)
Ph: +1 202 362 5059 (DC)
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Steven Ray specializes in information integration consulting services and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, where he researches information interoperability and standards in application domains including the smart electrical grid, disaster management, electronic business, supply chains, and manufacturing. He has a twenty-seven year track record of initiating and leading system integration and other technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For the past decade, he was responsible for the management of a $10-13M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. In addition to his consulting support for local technology companies, Dr. Ray’s current activities include the establishment of new research programs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in smart grid interoperability and in disaster management, chairmanship of the Ontology Summit and chairmanship of the OASIS Quantities and Units of Measure Ontology Standard (QUOMOS) TC. He has a B.Sc. in Physics (honors) from the University of Bristol, England, a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and is a member of ASME and SME.