Lisa Masciantonio Recognized in SME List of Exceptional Women in Robotics

ARM Institute Announces Recognition of Chief Workforce Officer Lisa Masciantonio as One of 20 Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation

SME recognizes female leaders working to broaden the use of robotics and automation in the smart manufacturing market globally

PITTSBURGH, PA – (February 4, 2021) – The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute announced today that Lisa Masciantonio, the organization’s Chief Workforce Officer, was selected as one of 20 Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation by SME.

SME is a professional association committed to advancing manufacturing and developing a skilled workforce. The international group of women selected represents a comprehensive cross section of technologies in robotics and automation. The list was developed by SME’s Smart Manufacturing magazine, in consultation with several leaders – both women and men – from across the robotics and automation industries.

“Although we as an industry have miles to go in balancing diversity in manufacturing, those with the knowledge, creativity and drive to raise the level of technology and innovation can achieve success,” said Robert Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “This group of women has not only the vision to create new products – and in some cases even new product categories – they also have the technological background and the business acumen to bring them to market and a willingness to teach others the processes necessary to make the next generations successful in our industry.”

The ARM Institute is leading the way to a future where people and robots work together to respond to the nation’s greatest challenges and to develop and produce the world’s most desired products.  One of 16 Manufacturing USA® Institutes across the United States, it is funded by the Department of Defense.  The Institute operates as a national consortium of almost 300 member organizations who are experts in manufacturing, robotics, and workforce education.

Ms. Masciantonio joined the ARM Institute in May 2017 as the Director of Membership and Outreach.  She moved to the position of Chief Workforce Officer in 2019, responsible for driving the Education and Workforce Development vision for ARM in conjunction with the ARM membership and other expert stakeholders. She brings with her over 25 years of experience as a performance-driven leader with notable success in cultivating and executing business strategies and formulating long-term strategic client relationships.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and two master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by SME,” stated Lisa Masciantonio. “At the ARM Institute, we are passionate about growing the manufacturing industry in the United States by focusing on its number one issue – the lack of skilled factory workers.  We are committed to solving this challenge by working with industry to recognize leading academic programs, build standardized job descriptions and encourage people of all ages to consider careers in manufacturing. One of our new products, accessed through, directly addresses this issue.”

The Feb. 2021 issue of Smart Manufacturing magazine provides a more extensive article detailing the accomplishments of the women selected in this exceptional group.

Press Inquiries: Interested in interviewing Lisa? Email [email protected] Download Lisa’s headshot here. 


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.  The Institute leverages 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 the U.S. economy and global competitiveness, and elevate our nation’s security and resilience.  Founded in 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University and operating as an independent public-private partnership funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the DoD Manufacturing USA® network. Learn more at, follow @ARM_Robotics on Twitter or ARM Institute on LinkedIn.

SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia, and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated, and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With nearly 90 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training, and development, and through the SME Education Foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

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