ARM Appoints New Board Members

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute Announces Addition of Three New Board of Director Members

Patrick Antkowiak, Irene Barhyte, and Dr. Alexander Stolyarov join the board of the nation’s leading consortium for robotics in manufacturing

PITTSBURGH, PA – December 22, 2020 – The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute today announced that Mr. Patrick Antkowiak, Ms. Irene Barhyte, and Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov have joined the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors.   They will work with other board members and ARM leadership to help the organization fulfill its mission to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative robotics technologies and related workforce strategies that are the foundation of every advanced manufacturing activity today and in the future.

Mr. Patrick Antkowiak is President of CEM Technology Advisors LLC, a technology, strategy, and business consulting firm in new, emerging, and disruptive technology arenas. Prior to CEM, Mr. Antkowiak spent 38 years at Northrop Grumman, most recently as Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer.  Mr. Antkowiak has an MS, Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland a BS, Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and attended the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. In addition to his board role at the ARM Institute, he is a member of the Board of Trustees at Notre Dame Preparatory School, providing special support to the development of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) program for the all-girl middle and high school and a member of the Whiting School of Engineering Advisory Board, The Johns Hopkins University.

As the Chief of Operations of the Knight Cancer Institute since October 2019, Ms. Irene Barhyte has responsibility and oversight for both the finances and operations of the Institute. She has been at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) since 1997 and held the joint position of Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in the School of Medicine and CFO of the OHSU Practice Plan for ten years prior to her current role. She was involved in planning for, and implementing, the integration of OHSU Medical Group into the School of Medicine as the Faculty Practice Plan (renamed the OHSU Practice Plan in January 2017), and has been involved in special projects related to research administration. Ms. Barhyte’s prior experience was in accounting, both at OHSU and in a large public accounting firm, and her family manufacturers specialty foods. She is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov is the Chief Executive Officer of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a Manufacturing USA Institute. Prior to this role, Sasha was an Assistant Group Leader in the Advanced Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) where his work focused on developing next generation fiber devices and transitioning them into integrated systems for national security. In 2017, Sasha founded the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), an end-to-end prototyping facility housed at MIT LL, focused on developing advanced fiber and fabric technology for national security and stood up in collaboration between MIT LL, Natick Soldier Systems Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and AFFOA. Dr. Stolyarov earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2012 and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005.

The ARM Institute also announced that Mr. John O’Leary, Vice President and General Manager of Airbus Americas Engineering, will not be renewing his seat as a board member for an additional term.

“Patrick Antkowiak, Irene Barhyte and Sasha Stolyarov are significant additions to ARM’s board of directors, bringing years of broad experience in manufacturing, healthcare, and finance to our already stellar board, and I’m pleased that they will be helping us to shape the future of U.S. manufacturing,” stated Mr. Ira Moskowitz, CEO of the ARM Institute. “I’d also like to thank John O’Leary for his board tenure and many contributions.”


The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute accelerates the development and adoption of robotics technologies that are the foundation of every advanced manufacturing activity today and in the future.  We leverage a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of partners across industry, academia and government to make robotics, autonomy and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen our economy and global competitiveness, and elevate our national security and resilience.  Founded in 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University and operating as an independent non-profit funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the DoD Manufacturing USA® network. Learn more at

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