Dr Dean Bartles

Director - John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center
Skilled in advanced manufacturing technology areas including Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, advanced robotics and brilliant factory concepts. Strong operations professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology Management - concentration in Advanced Manufacturing Systems from Indiana State University which was obtained part time over ten years while running a multi-million dollar business unit full time for General Dynamics. Worked in the Aerospace and Defense business for 35 years prior to entering the not-for-profit world in the advanced manufacturing technology space in 2014. Total P&L responsibility for a business unit inside of General Dynamics from 2001 to 2014 where I increased sales from $135 million to over $600 million in that time frame. Last three years my focus has been giving back to the manufacturing community. Currently launching my third advanced manufacturing center

University of New Hampshire’s John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center

The John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center (The Olson Center) is focused on advanced manufacturing technologies and a cross-curricular approach to engineering and manufacturing concepts. The center is designed to help bridge the skills gap in the nation’s $1.7 trillion manufacturing industry, and serve as a home for academically derived technology incubators, with particular focus on high ¬precision machining, light materials, flexible electronics and ‘Industry 4.0’. The Olson Center introduces students to innovative manufacturing technologies and allows visualization of manufacturing concepts to complement the skills learned in traditional classroom settings. It will serve as a pipeline for trained, skilled workers who will be able to successfully step into the state’s manufacturing sector with practical knowledge and experience. Research work related to the Olson Center is supported by UNH’s Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Innovation

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