Dr. Dean L. Bartles To Work As Consultant At The American Society Of Mechanical Engineers, ASME

Longtime manufacturing expert to assist ASME in new organizational strategy


NEW YORK, New York, Aug 10, 2016 – Dean Bartles, Ph. D.,  former chief manufacturing officer of UI LABS, Chicago and founding executive director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, has been named a technology development consultant at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Bartles, former vice president and general manager at General Dynamics, who has a distinguished 38-year career in the manufacturing industry, will assist ASME in implementing an ambitious organizational strategy which positions ASME as a thought leader in advancing technology and will help ASME develop new products and other solutions for ASME’s constituents in manufacturing and several other mechanical engineering technologies.

“ASME is honored to have an executive of the stature of Dean to enhance our competency and product offerings in manufacturing,” said Thomas G. Loughlin, executive director of ASME.  “Dean brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and business contacts that will be invaluable as we work to become a thought leader in manufacturing engineering.”

Manufacturing along with pressure technology, robotics, bioengineering, and clean energy are the five technologies selected by the ASME Board of Governors to serve at the core of a new organizational strategy focused on market growth and enhanced service.  Additionally, ASME will implement leadership in cross-cutting and enabling capabilities including the internet of things, big data, cybersecurity, advanced materials and others. The strategy will include new programs and services in conferences and trade shows, workforce development, philanthropy, membership, and codes and standards, among other areas.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join with the professional staff of ASME in working together to further ASME’s strategic goals and objectives,” said Bartles. “Having been made a Fellow of ASME several years ago, I have enjoyed working very closely with this excellent organization, most recently being appointed the chief technology officer for ASME’s Industry Advisory Board. This new assignment will significantly ratchet up my already close working relationship with ASME and I am thrilled to be a part of the team executing the strategy that the ASME Board of Directors has laid out.”

During his career in manufacturing, Dean has implemented multi-million dollar programs domestically and internationally, with responsibilities in research and development, technology transfer, program management, and manufacturing operations.

Prior to joining DMDII, he held several positions at General Dynamics and its predecessor companies, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of a key Strategic Business Unit in the Ordnance and Tactical Systems division within General Dynamics. In this role, Dr. Bartles oversaw three manufacturing plants with over 700 employees, more than quadrupled the Strategic Business Unit’s sales over his 13 years of leadership, and led the acquisition of multiple companies.

About ASME
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit www.asme.org

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