Dr. Dean L. Bartles is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining in Blairsville, PA. He recently served as the President of the National Tooling and Machining Association and prior to that he was Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire where he designed and built a state of the art Advanced Manufacturing Center. Previously, Dr. Bartles was the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago after working for General Dynamics Corporation for 30 years setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the US. He recently served as the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. Dean graduated from Indiana State University earning a Ph. D. in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems.