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America Makes Names GM Scientist to Executive Committee

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – America Makes has elected Susan Smyth, General Motors’ chief scientist and director of manufacturing systems research, to its executive committee.

Smyth replaced Teresa Clement, strategic technology directorate- technology planning for Raytheon, who left due to increased responsibilities at the company. Smyth will serve a one-year term before the regular election schedule resumes.

“We realized from the very beginning that America Makes would need innovative direction and guidance from bona fide leaders within our industry and government partners,” said Ralph Resnick, America Makes’ founding director and executive director of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. “The addition of Susan to our Executive Committee continues this powerful tradition. She is a highly recognized and respected thought leader in the global manufacturing community and a longtime pioneer of the integration of additive manufacturing into the automotive industry.”

At General Motors, Smyth is responsible for the company’s research and development in manufacturing. She is also the chairwoman of the Manufacturing Technology Leadership Council for the United States Council for Automotive Research.

She has also served as the board director for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers since 2012 and this year serves as its vice president. In the past, she was chairwoman of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which advises the Secretary of Commerce.

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