Stephan Biller appointed CEO of newly formed Advanced Manufacturing International
August 26, 2020
The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group Inc. (MTDG) located in Clearwater, Florida, USA, reports that its board of directors has appointed Dr Stephan Biller, PhD, as the CEO of the group’s new subsidiary, Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI). Dr Biller will report to Dean L Bartles, PhD, FSME, FASME, president of MTDG.
AMI was founded earlier this month as a new subsidiary of MTDG and a sister, not-for-profit company to the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) to support MTDG’s long-term growth strategy within the global advanced manufacturing industry. AMI aims to advance innovative technologies and best practices into global manufacturing markets, while expanding into the broader U.S. manufacturing sector beyond the defence industrial base currently served for nearly twenty years by NCDMM.
Dr Biller brings to AMI more than twenty years of experience in analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Additive Manufacturing, and digital manufacturing, for which he has recently been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. As CEO of AMI, Dr Biller will work closely with Dan Nagy, VP of International Programs, who is transitioning to AMI from NCDMM to cultivate partnerships with key solution providers and identify international customers who could benefit from AMI’s expertise.
Since 2017, Dr Biller has served as the Vice President of Product Management for AI Applications & Watson IoT® at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM®). In this role, he led IBM’s Industry 4.0 solution products, including IBM Maximo®, TRIRIGA®, Asset Optimisation and Operations Optimisation using Big Data, AI and Analytics to drive operational excellence from factories and supply chains to the operations of oil fields and power plants.
Prior to joining IBM in 2017, Dr Biller served as the Chief Manufacturing Scientist & Manufacturing Technology Leader at General Electric Corporation (GE), founding and leading GE’s ‘Brilliant Factory’ initiative to improve operations by embedding industrial internet-connected sensors in machines, as well as its Additive Manufacturing software strategy.
In addition, he is a founding board member of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), and is the recipient of two GE CTO Awards; five Boss Kettering Awards, GM’s highest innovation award; and four Charles McCuen Research Awards, GM’s highest research award.
Dr Biller also holds eleven patents and is a board of director of MTConnect® and served on the Executive Committees of MxD (formerly the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute) and America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
“I have had the extraordinary pleasure of knowing Stephan as both a colleague and a friend for many years,” stated Dr Bartles. “He is a technological visionary. Stephan possesses all the leadership qualities, a strong commitment to excellence, and an extensive background in digital transformation technologies needed to grow AMI into the trusted and recognised leader of digital and smart manufacturing solutions
He added, “I am excited to be working with Stephan in growing the organisation and empowering all manufacturers to implement digital innovations that will enable them to better compete in the global economy. From all of us at the MTDG family of companies, we extend a warm welcome to Stephan.
Dr Biller, “I am honoured to join AMI and collaborate with the leadership across the MTDG family of companies. It is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to not only building AMI into an industry leader in the digital manufacturing sector but also continuing to innovate for the advance manufacturing industrial base at large.”
“There are significant benefits to integrating digital manufacturing technologies and processes into manufacturing operations. I look forward to helping our customers, particularly small to medium-sized manufacturers, harness the vast potential of digital manufacturing to transform their companies,” he concluded.