America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, has appointed Alexander Steeb as its new Operations Director and Andrew Resnick as its new Communications & Public Affairs Director. These appointments follow the institute’s’ recent announcement of a seven-year Cooperative Agreement (CA) with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The CA is a Cost-Reimbursement/Cost Share agreement with a total funding value worth up to a combined $322 million of government cost and America Makes cost share. Sponsored by the OSD ManTech programme, America Makes states that its mission directly supports the manufacturing technology needs for the OSD Research & Engineering modernisation priorities, which include hypersonics, cyber, and AI/machine learning.
In his role as Operations Director, Steeb will report to John Wilczynski, Executive Director of America Makes, and will lead and coordinate the leadership team to include education and workforce, partnerships and community relations, membership, and communications and public relations in executing the terms of the new CA.
Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations for Altronic, LLC, a Hoerbiger Group company, where he was responsible for the overall operations function and development and execution of a comprehensive operations roadmap. Prior to this, Steeb was the Global Head of Controlling for Hoerbiger Business Area Engine Solutions. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany.
As Communications & Public Affairs Director, Resnick will lead and manage strategic activities and opportunities that will develop America Makes’ role within its membership community, the AM industry and government stakeholders. He will work closely with the leadership team and will report to Steeb.
Resnick previously served as the Government Relations Director for Inova Health Systems and brings a broad background in campaign politics, serving as a campaign manager and consultant for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state legislative campaigns. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C., USA, and a Master of Arts in Government / Political Communications from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
“We are pleased to welcome Alexander and Andrew to the America Makes leadership team,” stated Wilczynski. “Both Alexander and Andrew will share the same goal of continuing to grow America Makes as the recognised national thought leader in Additive Manufacturing through different, yet equally important, capacities.”
Managed by the USA’s National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the national accelerator for AM and the first institute within the Manufacturing USA network. As a public-private partnership, it currently has a membership community comprised of approximately 220 member organisations from government, industry, and academia.