STRENGTHENING U.S. MANUFACTURING THROUGH COLLABORATION

A Diverse Ecosystem Securing America’s Future Through Innovation

With more than 275 dedicated member organizations, the ARM Institute has created a national ecosystem of diverse companies who share a common mission to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative 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
  • Elevate our national security and resilience
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Membership Benefits

ARM Membership is an annual agreement at the organizational level. Open to any organization with a US presence, there is a fee based on your desired level of involvement. Email [email protected] or click here for more information about our levels and pricing. Depending on membership level, ARM members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Network with the broad ARM national consortium that includes partners in industry, technology, academia and government
  • Lead and participate in technical and education/workforce projects 
  • Access Consortium-Developed Intellectual property
  • Access ARM expertise and research
  • Participate in member-only meetings to drive innovation
  • Access our digital community to network and facilitate project-teaming, submit project proposals, access research through the ARM Exchange, engage within our regional collaboratives, submit company news for consortium distribution, and more.
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Regional Collaboratives

ARM’s network of regional collaboratives are critical to our national strategy. Eight regional collaboratives consist of volunteer members who serve as an extension of ARM in that area. These Regional Collaboratives are critical to ARM’s national strategy. By working with a local regional collaborative, you stay actively engaged with members in your area, have access to region-specific ARM events, and more. ARM leverages the insight provided by our eight collaboratives to guide our national strategy, capitalize on regional strengths, and to address regional gaps.

ARM’s Regional Collaboratives integrate local industry, technology companies, academia, nonprofits and government to:

  • Network with the broad ARM national consortium that includes partners in industry, technology, academia and government
  • Promote strategic alliances with member organizations
  • Strengthen local industry
  • Enhance business best practices
  • Speed impact

Member Leadership Councils

ARM members have the opportunity to serve on the committees outlined below. Our Stakeholder Executive Committee (SEC) and our Regional Collaborative Committee are selected through member elections. Our Education/Workforce Development Committee (EWAC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) are selected by our government team, CWO, and CTO.

STAKEHOLDER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (SEC)

The SEC is tasked with advising ARM on strategic business operations. Leaders on the SEC are empowered to form subcommitteesdrawing from the Member organizations, RRCs, TAC and EWACto assist ARM leadership in ongoing operations. They also assist in developing and updating the program plan, the business and sustainability plan, and performance metrics. 

  • Jeff Burnstein – A3/Robotic Industries Association
  • Shaun Edwards – PlusOne Robotics
  • Thomas Lichtenberger – Festo Didactic
  • Paul Evans – Southwest Research Institute
  • Ian Stern – ATI Industrial Automation
  • Amanda Simpson – Airbus
  • Prabhakar Pagilla – Texas A&M University
  • Dave Rapaport – Siemens
  • Curtis RichardsonSpirit AeroSystems
  • Le Tang – ABB
  • Greg Hudas – US Army TARDEC
REGIONAL COLLABORATIVES COUNCIL (RCC)

The Regional Collaborative Council provides ARM with critical intelligence about the regional robotics, manufacturing, and workforce efforts taking place across the nation. Council members will support ARM by providing advice regarding its regional priorities and activities such as state funding opportunities, best practices, trends and challenges.

GREAT LAKES REGION:
  • Dan Radomski – Optimal Process Technologies
MID ATLANTIC REGION:
  • Glenn Saunders – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
NORTH CENTRAL REGION:
  • Debbie Franklin – Wichita State
NORTHEAST REGION:
  • Ellen PiccioliWorcester Polytechnic Institute
NORTHWEST REGION:
  • Justin Gradek OMEP – Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION:
  • Stavros Kalafatis – Texas A&M
SOUTHEAST REGION:
  • Chuck ErnstAlabama Robotic Technology Park
SOUTHWEST REGION:
  • Pima Community College
MEP:
  • Chuck Spangler – South Carolina – MEP
  • Matt Minner – Catalyst Connection – MEP
TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)

Leaders on ARM’s TAC drive the creation and iteration of the technical strategy, including the technology roadmap. TAC members also provide advice regarding potential technology synergies with other Manufacturing USA institutes to ensure a strong national manufacturing ecosystem.

  • Juan Aparicio – Siemens
  • Greg Balandran – Spirit Aerosystems
  • Brent Bregar – Premier Automation
  • Brian Brown – Wichita State University
  • Roger Christian Yaskawa
  • Phil Freeman – Boeing
  • SK Gupta – University of Southern California
  • John Lizzi – GE Research
  • Shreyes Melkote – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Anthony Nighswander – APT Manufacturing Solutions
  • Adam Norton – University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Martin Philo – GKN Aerospace
  • Matt Robinson – Southwest Research Institute
  • Chintan Shah – Schlumberger
  • Amitabh Vyas – Lockheed Martin
  • Nihad Alfaysale – Department of Defense Air Force
  • Shane Groves – Department of Defense Air Force
  • Elena Messina – NIST
  • Arnie Kravtiz – ARM Institute
  • Paul Huang – Office of Naval Research
  • Roger Christian – Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division
  • Elena Messina – NIST
  • Nihad Alfaysale – Air Force Research Lab
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EWAC)

Leaders on the ARM’s EWAC drive the design and deployment of the industry-partnered training and credentialing programs that will inspire, recruit, and prepare the future workforce.

  • Ritch Ramey – RAMTEC
  • Scott Lucas – Wichita Area Technical College
  • Robert Huschka – Robotic Industries Association/RIA
  • Greg Wilson – Pima Community College
  • Bob Graff – Yaskawa America
  • Jeannine Kunz – Tooling U-SME
  • Tony Oran – Festo Didactic
  • Tiffany Powell – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Mike Gennert – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Brian Wilson – Duro UAS
  • Doug JensenRock Valley College
  • Nadja Koehler – ABB
  • Robin Fernkas – Dept of Labor
  •  Scott LeonardProMan Strategies

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