The Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center (OEAMC) is a 501c3 Tax Exempt Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to assisting manufacturing companies in becoming more competitive in the emerging advanced manufacturing business arena. The OEAMC is a true public-private partnership with a Board of Directors that represents private industry, higher education and local government as recommended in the United States National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. The long term goal of the center is to assist U.S. manufacturing companies with their industry-driven research and development activities. The anticipated outcomes of our activities include:
- Growth of existing companies by re-shoring American jobs
- Commercialization of new technologies
- Creation of new companies
- Creation of new jobs
STAFF AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner
Vice President of Academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering
Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner is the Vice President of Academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Previously, he was the Dean of the T. J. Smull College of Engineering and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio Northern University (ONU) for eleven years. Prior to joining ONU, Dr. Baumgartner spent 10 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he held a number of technical and management positions including a leadership role on the Mars Exploration Rover project that successfully launched, landed and operated the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the Martian surface. Dr. Baumgartner was honored with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2004 for his efforts on the Mars rover project and, in May 2008, Dr. Baumgartner, along with two of his colleagues at JPL, was presented with the 2008 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award. Dr. Baumgartner earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
The Honorable David J. Berger
Mayor of the City of Lima
Dave, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, moved to Lima in 1977 to become the Executive Director of Rehab Project, which renovated several hundred houses. He worked in that position until August 31, 1989 when he resigned to campaign in the City of Lima’s General Election for the position of Mayor. The Berger Administration has a highly successful track record of creating positive community change. Dave was re-elected in the November 3, 2013 general election to an unprecedented 7th four year term as Lima’s Mayor. Dave has a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and a Certificate in Community Economic Development from the Development Training Institute of Baltimore, Maryland.
Patrick M. Conrath
Director of Operations for the Lima Refining Company
The Lima Refining Company is owned by Husky Energy which is one of Canada’s largest integrated energy companies. Husky is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols HSE and HSE.PR.A. The Lima refinery was acquired by Husky in 2007. Prior to joining Husky in 2011, Pat spent twenty years in the chemical industry, working in a variety of technical, commercial, and managerial roles. Pat has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
Judith M. Cowan
President of the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center, Inc.
Judy is currently the President and CEO of The Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio. Before that Judy was on the staff of three Ohio Governors – George Voinovich, Bob Taft and Ted Strickland – where she was responsible for the economic development activities for West Central Ohio. Previously she had served as the Vice President of The Bank of Leipsic and Mayor of the Village of Leipsic and President of the Putnam County CIC. She is the formerly the Board Chair for the Lima / Allen County Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Spherion Corp. where she remains a member of the Board of Directors.
General Dynamics Land Systems Certified Project Manager
Denis, a U.S. Army Veteran joined General Dynamics Land Systems in 1984. Denis began as a Welding Supervisor and quickly moved through the ranks of leadership. During his tenure at GDLS, he managed Hourly Production, Trades and Salaried Engineers. Denis served as a hands-on leader as new manufacturing technologies and teaming arrangements were implemented. As Program Manager for the USMC’s Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, Denis oversaw a $122M budget for the design / build of tooling and equipment; and the fabrication, machining, painting, assembly and testing of 22 amphibious vehicles. Denis is a Certified Manager, meeting the rigorous requirements of the Institute of Professional Managers. He is a recipient of the Silver Knight of Management Award, presented by the National Management Association and demonstrating his commitment for his Community through Volunteerism, was a 2014 Jefferson Award for Public Service winner.
Stephen C. Hatkevich
Director of R & D at American Trim LLC
Steve joined American Trim in 1990 as a project engineer in charge of advancing American Trim’s technologies in the coating and decorating. Under Steve’s leadership, American Trim is actively working on advancing the company’s research efforts in the forming, coating, and finishing of metal and composite structures. Steve has also directed American Trim’s participation in five Ohio Third Frontier projects that included developing a new coating processes to advance the manufacturing processes required for the fuel cell market. Steve is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Chemistry.
Owner and President of Alloway
John Hoffman is the President of Alloway, an environmental laboratory specializing in the analysis of drinking water, wastewater, and solid/hazardous waste. Starting as a one man operation in 1982, Alloway has grown to include three locations in Ohio (Marion, Mansfield, and Lima) and more than 75 employees.
John has over 35 years of experience in the industry. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the Water Environmental Federation, the American Society for Microbiology, American Water Works Association, the Crystal Crucible, and 5S. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology/Chemistry and a Master of Arts in Zoology, both from Miami University.
Adrian D. Price
Director of Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering The Ford Motor Company
Adrian serves as a part of the Manufacturing Global Leadership team at Ford. He moved into this role in 2016 after serving as Director of the Manufacturing Business Office. Prior to that he ran the Global Ford Production System Office and was previously the Plant Manager of the Lima Engine Plant where he ran the plant for four years, having moved there from Cleveland. His career at Ford Motor Company started in September of 1988 at the Dagenham Engine Plant in the United Kingdom. He has worked at Plants in the UK, US, and Germany and lived in Spain for 1.5 years during the installation of a new plant in Valencia, Spain. He has spent many years in various global positions within Manufacturing Engineering organizations as well as his operations experience. Adrian has a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Electronics Engineering from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Masters in Advanced Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Jeffrey E. Sprague
President of the Allen Economic Development Group
Jeff has been a part of the Allen County economic development landscape in a variety of rolls since 1988. He is currently the President and CEO of the lead economic development organization for the county, the Allen Economic Development Group. His responsibilities include developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan, supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the community, advocating for public policies that support economic growth for the county and the region and managing all revenues and expenditures for the organization.
John-David “JD” Yoder, Ph.D
Dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering
Ohio Northern University
Dr. Yoder had previously served as Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering before accepting the role of Dean of Engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2017. He has been engaged in industry consulting for more than two decades and has 25 years of experience in factory automation and robotics, both in industry and research settings.
His primary research interests center on guidance systems in robotic and automated systems, with a number of patents in this area. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems; Journal of Field Robotics; IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation; and the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.
He has been recognized as a winner of the Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph Teetor Educational Award and the KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) Outstanding Faculty award. He has served as an Invited Professor at INRIA, and as a NASA Faculty Fellow. He has received grants at ONU in the areas of intelligent systems and entrepreneurship education.
Dr. Yoder earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.