Dean Bartles, Ph.D

Dean Bartles is an expert in advanced manufacturing technology areas including Digital Manufacturing, Model Based Enterprise, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, advanced robotics and brilliant factory concepts. He is President of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a 1,200 member organization representing $30 Billion in sales that promotes and advances the precision custom manufacturing industry.


Bartles worked in the Aerospace and Defense business of General Dynamics for 35 years prior to entering the not-for-profit world in the advanced manufacturing technology space in 2014. He increased sales from $135 million to over $600 million from 2001 to 2014.


His non-profit experience includes Director of the John Olson Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire that focused on Industry Collaboration, Workforce Development, collaboration with students, and research in the advanced manufacturing space., Senior Advisor to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers , President of SME, and Chief Manufacturing Officer & Founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) under the NNMI.


He is an operations professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology Management with concentration in Advanced Manufacturing Systems from Indiana State University.


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