ARM Institute Congratulates Members on Being Recognized as Exceptional Women in Robotics & Automation

ARM Institute Congratulates Members on Being Recognized as Exceptional Women in Robotics & Automation

Representatives from five member organizations joined Lisa Masciantonio, ARM Institute Chief Workforce Officer, on the SME’s list of Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation.

The ARM Institute consortium was well represented on SME’s list of 20 Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation. Lisa Masciantonio, ARM Chief Workforce Officer, along with experts from five ARM member organizations were recognized:

  • Elena Messina, Group Leader, Manipulation & Mobility Systems at NIST and former ARM Technical Advisory Committee Member
  • Nicole Renee Williams, Thermoplastic Composite Materials and Process Manager at The Boeing Co.
  • Marie-Christine Caron, Senior Engineering Section Manager at GE Aviation (Global Robotics and Automation R&D Center)
  • Roberta Nelson Shea, Global Technical Compliance Officer at Universal Robots
  • Nuzha Yakoob, Head of Technology & Innovation at Festo

The list recognized women from across the globe who are making a tangible impact in the robotics industry and paving the way for future generations of women leaders. View the full list here.

The robotics and manufacturing industries are only as strong as the opportunities they provide. The ARM Institute is dedicated to lowering the barriers for careers in robotics for manufacturing and has funded projects targeting underrepresented populations for workforce development. Additionally, the institute featured a Women in Manufacturing panel discussion at the Annual ARM Member Meeting that sought to connect women from across the ARM Institute membership and discuss ways to make robotics more inclusive.

“The recognition of so many women leaders from our membership demonstrates the expertise and diversity of the ARM Institute ecosystem,” noted Ira Moskowitz, ARM CEO, “We are proud to work with these industry leaders and extend our congratulations to all of the women recognized. Representation within manufacturing needs to continue evolving and we seek to be an impactful piece in this evolution.”

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized alongside these amazing women,” noted Lisa Masciantonio, ARM Chief Workforce Officer, “I am immensely proud of the opportunities the ARM Institute has provided for women and other underrepresented groups and look forward to continuing this work. I’d like to thank SME for this honor and for recognizing the importance of diversity in robotics and manufacturing.”


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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