A Diverse Ecosystem Securing America’s Future Through Innovation

With more than 300 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

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.
Advanced Robotics Geographic Regions

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.


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 – Association for Advancing Automation
  • Shaun Edwards – PlusOne Robotics
  • Paul Evans – Southwest Research Institute
  • Ted Rozier – FESTO
  • Ian Stern – ATI Industrial Automation
  • Prabhakar Pagilla – Texas A&M University
  • Dave Rapaport – Siemens
  • Curtis RichardsonSpirit AeroSystems
  • Greg Hudas – US Army TARDEC

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.

  • Dan Radomski – Optimal Process Technologies
  • Glenn Saunders – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Debbie Franklin – Wichita State
  • Ellen PiccioliWorcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Justin Gradek OMEP – Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Stavros Kalafatis – Texas A&M
  • Pima Community College
  • Chuck Spangler – South Carolina – MEP
  • Matt Minner – Catalyst Connection – MEP

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.

  • Adam Norton – University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Amitabh Vyas – Lockheed Martin
  • Anthony Nighswander – APT Manufacturing Solutions
  • Brent Bregar – Premier Automation
  • Brian BrownWichita State University
  • Chintan Shah – Schlumberger
  • Craig Schlenoff – NIST
  • Elizabeth Henry – PM2 Strategies
  • Greg Hudas – Department of Defense
  • John Lizzi – GE Research
  • Juan Aparicio – Siemens
  • Martin Philo – GKN Aerospace
  • Matt Robinson – Southwest Research Institute
  • Nihad Alfaysale – Department of Defense Air Force
  • Paul Huang – Office of Naval Research
  • Phil Freeman – Boeing
  • Roger Christian – Yaskawa
  • Scott Leonard – PM2 Strategies
  • Shane Groves – Department of Defense Air Force
  • Shreyes Melkote – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • SK Gupta – University of Southern California
  • Hongwei Hsiao – NIOSH

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.

  • Robin Fernkas—Department of Labor
  • Mike Gennert—Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Bob Graff—Industry 4.0 Strategies
  • David Heckman—Department of Defense
  • Elizabeth Henry – PM2 Strategies
  • Robert Huschka—Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
  • Jeannine Kunz—Tooling U SME
  • Scott Leonard – PM2 Strategies
  • Scott LucasWSU Tech
  • Craig McAtee—National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers
  • Vu Nguyen—CMU Robotics Academy
  • Tony Oran—FESTO
  • Ron Painter—National Association of Workforce Boards
  • Ritch Ramey—RAMTEC
  • Brian Wilson—Duro UAS
  • Greg Wilson—PIMA County Community College

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To receive more information about an ARM membership, please contact us at [email protected] Upon reaching out, an ARM representative will contact you regarding next steps.