Per NAMC's bylaws, "All corporate powers shall be exercised by, or under the authority of, and the business of the Corporation shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors." The role of the Board is the oversight of the management and strategy of the NAMC. Careful consideration is taken in regards to information shared with the Board of Directors regarding projects, to ensure no knowledge is gained that is not disclosed to the entire membership. As such, the Board of Directors is excluded from day-to-day operations of the Consortium.
NAMC's Board of Directors consists of both member elected directors as well as directors who are appointed by our two Supported Organizations, NCMS and AUVSI. The Executive Committee is made up of the Officers of the Board of Directors
* Designates the Executive Committee
Elected, Senior Executive, Robotics, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2022
LTC (Retired) Matt Dooley attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Armor in May 1994. LTC(R) Dooley served in numerous armor and cavalry assignments over the course of his 21 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Masters Degree in Military Art and Science. LTC (R) Dooley has served in a number of forward assignments and is a veteran of six operational and combat tours over the course of his career. In his most recent active duty position as the Chief of Lethality and Robotics Branch for the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center, LTC(R) Dooley acted as the primary level-three integrator in support of the U.S. Army’s pursuit of robotics programs. He served as the Principal Coordinating Author for the Army’s 2016 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy. LTC(R) Dooley now works as the Director, Robotic and Autonomous Systems at John H. Northrop and Associates Consulting.
Elected, Large For-Profit, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
David Miller is the Business Development director representing the Detroit Arsenal community for BAE Systems Platforms and Services Sector. In this role, he is responsible for customer advocacy, cultivating and maintaining relationships with key customers as well as developing new markets.
Before joining BAE Systems David was the Business Development executive for Endeavor Robotics, responsible in capture management for the company’s Army and Marine Corps programs of record. Prior to Endeavor Robotics, David held the position of Business Development manager for iRobot Corporation and supported the XM-1216 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) team in the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. David later transitioned to Foreign Military Sales and continued business development for emerging post-FCS robotic programs of record.
David served as an acquisition officer in both PM Light Armored vehicles and Robotic Systems Joint Program Office. In the latter, he was responsible for the acquisition and fielding of a portfolio of robotic systems for both the Marine Corps and Army. Prior to the acquisition corps, David served in the Marine Corps infantry.
David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with Academic Distinction from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and a Master of Business Administration from the from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Calif.
Appointed, NCMS, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2022
Michael D. Bolon established MD&B Enterprises in 2013 after serving in leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies for more than 40 years. Michael’s professional experience includes engineering management for Chrysler Corporation and General Dynamics Land Systems.
Mr. Bolon joined Chrysler Corporation in 1968 as a power train engineer. Within five years he advanced to a management position where he led the design and development of the propulsion system for the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank which included the integration of a turbine engine
After General Dynamics acquired Chrysler Defense in 1982, Mr. Bolon was named Deputy Program Manager for Tank Programs, with progression in 1986 to General Manager of Armored Vehicle Technologies Associated, a joint venture between GD and FMC Corporation. In 1992, he was appointed Director of Advanced Programs for General Dynamics, and was named Vice President for Amphibious Systems in 1996. Just three years later, Mr. Bolon became the Vice President of Production and Delivery, responsible for all manufacturing.
In 2000, Mr. Bolon was appointed Senior Vice President of Engineering Design and Development, leading General Dynamics Land Systems’ team for technology, product design and development, logistics engineering and technical support. His leadership role continued to evolve after being named Senior Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Chief Technical Officer. In that role, Mr. Bolon had enterprise-wide responsibility for Advanced Programs, Business Development, Business Planning and Alliances, Planning Control and Analysis, and Innovation and Technology Planning. Mr. Bolon’s most recent role was the Senior Vice President and Business Sector Executive for United States Marine Corps and United States Navy programs.
Mr. Bolon’s professional experience includes responsibility as Chairman of the General Dynamics Corporate Engineering and Technology Council from 2005 to 2013. He also serves on Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) Advisory Board, the Engineering Society of Detroit Board of Directors and the National Advanced Mobility Consortium Board of Directors.
Elected, Small Business, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2022
Accomplished Director of Engineering with a strong background in both Systems Engineering Management and Mechanical Design Engineering. Work experience extends over 25 years and is made up of both defense (14 years) and automotive industries (11 years). Currently employed at Loc Performance Products (Small Business) as the Director of Product Development, responsible for the new development line of business. Academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Appointed, NAMC, Term Expires Fall 2021
Kevin Mulrenin is Chief Marketing Officer for ArmorWorks and has been working in the military ground vehicle community for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland – University College. His impressive resume includes multiple leadership roles related to research, development and production in the areas of survivability, robotics, alternative energy, and lightweight materials. He has recently led efforts supporting the development of prototype solutions for the Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) and Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicles. He has been a life-long member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Kevin’s proven track record of growing and sustaining small businesses in the defense vehicles market paired with his dedication to bringing innovation to the military ground vehicle community will be very helpful as he takes on his role as a member of the NAMC Board of Directors.
Elected, Academic Seat, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Louay M. Chamra, Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University. He is responsible for shaping academic priorities and programs, attracting and supporting outstanding faculty, recruiting undergraduate and graduate students, and providing global education for students. He oversees the development of collaborations with industry through research initiatives, technology transfer and commercialization.
Dr. Chamra promotes a diverse and enriching culture within the School of Engineering. Dr. Chamra leads an ambitious strategic plan, which resulted in increased student enrollment, faculty, and student advisors. Additionally, female student enrollment has more than doubled in the last five years increasing from 8 percent to 17 percent in Engineering and Computer Science.
Dr. Chamra was featured in DBusiness journal “The Faces of Detroit” recognizing the School of Engineering and Computer Science for their efforts to advance the economic strength of Southeast Michigan and to grow businesses, accelerate innovation, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders through leveraging resources and building relationships. He is a strong advocate of the community, and he believes that higher education should contribute to the prosperity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He initiated robust outreach opportunities that encourage young children of all backgrounds to pursue college study in the STEM fields.
Prior to joining Oakland University, He was the PACCAR Chair and Head of the Mechanical Engineering department at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he also served as the Director of the Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuel Center and Co-Director for the Southeast CHP Application Center.
Dr. Chamra has been deeply involved in teaching, research, and service activities focused on the enhancement of engineering education. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards such as the Pi Tau Sigma award, which recognizes excellence in higher education. He has also been recognized for outstanding leadership and contribution to promoting diversity in higher education. Additionally, Dr. Chamra received the 2013 Oakland University International Service Award for his efforts to recruit international students. He has done extensive research in heat exchanger design and enhanced heat transfer, and has led efforts in energy utilization and efficiency. He was Principal Investigator on several projects funded by the Department of Energy, American Society of Heating, refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and private industries in many of the above areas. He has been PI, co-PI or co-investigator of projects totaling over $10 million. He is the author of more than 70 archival journal articles and conference papers, a book, and 5 textbook chapters.
Dr. Chamra earned his bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Later he received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland in 1988 and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Mr. Deguire, Vice President of Land Systems, QinetiQ North America, has more than twenty five years’ experience at QinetiQ developing and fielding unmanned and survivability systems working at both the Engineering and Managerial level.
Since joining QinetiQ (formerly Foster-Miller) in 1990, Mr. Deguire has held a series of increasingly responsible positions. An Electrical Engineer, Mr. Deguire joined QinetiQ as a design engineer, before beginning his steady advance into a robotics control systems, program manager and principal investigator for developmental ground robots to his present position as Vice President of Land Systems. Mr. Deguire presently leads an integrated product development business unit consisting of electrical, mechanical, software and systems engineers developing robotic systems for IED / mine remediation and tactical weaponized robots including associated operator controls and interfaces. He also leads the Survivability Solutions group, the world leader in Aircraft Armor and RPG defeat systems. He and his team have developed and delivered over 5,000 robotic systems, 1,300 fixed wing aircraft Armor kits and 13,000 RPG defeat systems fielded worldwide and is credited with saving many lives.
Mr. Deguire is an inventor and co-inventor on 10 US Patents assigned to QinetiQ and has authored numerous technical papers presented at AUVSI, SPIE and NDIA.
Elected, Non-Profit, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2022
Mr. Dunn is the Division Head for the Power and Energy Division comprised of over 80 engineers, scientists, and technicians conducting research and development on a wide variety of energy-related projects including alternative energy solutions, microgrids, aircraft power systems, intelligent power solutions, thermal generation systems, combustion, hypersonic combustion, bio fuels, fuel solutions and energetic materials. He has over 25 years of experience leading military research, development, testing and transition. His first 21 years were as an active duty Air Force Officer where he worked assignments in Intel, Flight test, the National Reconnaissance office, rapid capability office and the Holloman High Speed Test Track. Since his retirement from the US Air Force, Mr. Dunn has supported a wide range of projects transitioning technology for UDRI. These projects included transitioning new technology in support of advanced, energy efficient industrial process projects, energy portfolio support, war gaming and simulations, and sustainment technologies.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2022
Mark Gordon is the President and CEO of Stratom, Inc., a Colorado-based Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides Strategic Solutions and Advanced Technologies to government, commercial and global clients.
Since founding Stratom Inc., in 2001, Mr. Gordon’s activities have included research and development, training, and strategy development with the Federal Government and Department of Defense (DoD). These activities have focused on the development and use of unmanned systems, payloads, and tools within the Department of Defense for IED and UXO threat detection and neutralization, sensor integration to fight the Global War On Terror (GWOT), unmanned logistics, automated ground refueling for military resupply applications, and DoD robotic hardware standards development. Mr. Gordon has extensive experience in the direction, research, and management of research and engineering organizations, manufacturing, and operations.
Mr. Gordon’s engagements in the commercial industry have ranged from global Fortune 500 companies to startups providing strategy development, engineering services, supply chain management, operations management, and program management for the development, sourcing, and release of numerous high technology products. Mr. Gordon has international experience in sourcing, business management, and product introduction. Prior to Stratom, Mr. Gordon held management positions at McDATA Corporation, Exabyte Corporation, and was an Officer in the US Marine Corps.
He has a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University. Mr. Gordon is the Executive Vice Chairman for the Association of Unmanned Systems Vehicles International (AUVSI) Board of Directors and Chairman of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) Board of Directors. Mr. Gordon is a member of the prestigious Army Navy Club in Washington DC., and lives in Boulder County, Colo. with his wife and three children.
Elected, Sr. Executive, Vehicles, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2023
Kris Houghton serves as the Vice President of the Pratt Miller Defense. He leads a team that executes product development projects to bring superior vehicle and robotic solutions to the warfighter. Kris also heads the program management, quality, and low rate production teams.
In his 11 years at Pratt Miller, Kris has held positions in Program Management, Chief Engineering, and Production. Kris is a member of the Executive Team and has contributed to the company grow by building teams, developing capabilities, and generating new business.
Pratt Miller Defense transforms what is possible through the relentless pursuit of superior solutions. Using the latest engineering tools and processes, Pratt Miller Defense designs, develops, and builds advanced technology demonstrators, full vehicle concepts, and robotic platforms. Building of a winning tradition in Motorsports, Pratt Miller has complete in-house capabilities to manufacture prototypes and low rate production products.
Prior to joining Pratt Miller in 2009, Kris spent 14 years at Chrysler in Dodge truck product development where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in vehicle dynamics development, chassis design and release, and full vehicle development. Kris led the vehicle development planning and execution for the launch of the all new full size Ram truck in 2009 that introduced new levels of ride quality and storage to the full size truck market.
Kris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters of Automotive Engineering from Lawrence Technological University.
Kris serves on the Board of Directors of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) as the Vehicle Executive and is a member of NDIA, AUSA, and SAE.
Elected, Senior Technology, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2023
Jerry Lane is a mechanical engineer, business developer, Michigan consultant, owner/president of Great Lakes Systems & Technology LLC (GLS&T), NAMC member (Senior Technology Board Member & Treasurer) & DATC, AUVSI Great Lakes Chapter President, NDIA Michigan Chapter Board Member, past chapter president, ROTC Unmanned Systems Award sponsor, and Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition Co-Founder & Co-Chairman www.IGVC.org.
After working in the trailer and automotive industries at Fruehauf Trailer Corp and Ford Motor Co., Jerry was the chassis project engineer at Cadillac Gage Inc. for the V-150 Commando & recovery vehicle.
TARDEC, worked Armored Combat Vehicle Technology, High Mobility Agility Vehicle (HIMAG-A), High Survivability Test Vehicle-Lightweight (HSTV-L), MPG, AGS & MPF predecessor & led the fire survivability AFES team. Robotics; Jerry initiated TARDEC intelligent robotics, the Army’s first autonomous mobility demonstrators, developed the Robotic Wingman & Robotic Convoy concepts, Computer Aided Remote Driving, multi-robotic control/mobile Robotic Command Center (RCC) and SBIR robotic projects. Desert Storm, led team to develop & field 20 USMC robotic tank kits to clear Iraqi minefields. TARDEC Associate Director; led Army ground vehicle Science & Technology customer marketing, management & strategy/planning.
Defense Industry positions/projects: ARA Michigan office /developed robotic route clearance systems & unmanned aerial systems; at SAIC, PM/BD programs in robotics, APS, hybrid electric, & APUs.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class C, Term Expires Fall 2023
Michael Robbins is Executive Vice President of Government & Public Affairs at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) where he leads all advocacy and strategic communication initiatives. Michael is a proven strategist with executive-level management experience with unique crossover work in government, labor, communications, and corporate leadership. In 2015, he co-founded a business consulting firm, The Moak Group, and serves as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to starting The Moak Group, Michael served as Managing Director of Government and Public Affairs at the Air Line Pilot Association, International (ALPA) and delivered significant results for the association on policy, media, safety, and branding goals.
Before joining ALPA in 2011, Michael spent a decade in the office of the late Congressman John Dingell (Michigan), where he served as the Chief of Staff. During his time working in Congress, Michael worked on issues pertaining to Representative Dingell’s role as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, specializing in telecommunications, health care, transportation, energy, manufacturing, trade, and government oversight.
Michael serves on the board of the Greater Washington Aviation Open and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. He is proudly serving as a commissioned Officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
Appointed, AUVSI, Class B, Term Expires Fall 2019
Tim Schulteis is a Program Manager at Lockheed Martin (LM) Missiles and Fire Control’s - Autonomous Systems Group, a position he has held since May 2015. In this position, he oversees and manages the LM Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS) and follow-on efforts. AMAS is a complete set of hardware and software designed to be a modular kit-based solution to retrofit autonomy capabilities onto Army Logistics and Transportation vehicles and extensible to other platforms. His team has developed and conducted multiple demonstrations of Leader-Follower capability without the need for a human driver in the follower vehicle, Waypoint driving capability, and Driver Warning and Driver Assist features of the AMAS system.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Schulteis served 22 years in the Air Force as an acquisition officer. During that time he was a Program Manager for 7 years and a Systems Engineer for 15 years across a wide variety of programs. He has experience in Autonomous Systems, Robotics, Technology Transition, Space Systems, Launch Vehicles, Aircraft Propulsion, and Aircraft Depot Engineering Support. He has experience in the Air Force Research Laboratory, at the Air Force Headquarters in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, in multiple System Program Offices and an Air Logistics Center.
Mr. Schulteis holds a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from Boston University, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science Degree from the Air Command and Staff College at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University and a Bachelor of Science and Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Appointed, NCMS, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Mr. Steinman joined Product Knowledge in March of 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Senior Product Expert. In July of 2015, he was selected by the board to serve as General Manager. In this role he directs all product strategy, planning and execution for the firm and its clients.
He brings with him with him more than 20 years of technology product development and commercialization experience resulting in more than $2 Billion in delivered product. He is widely recognized as a leader in results oriented unconventional product strategy and delivery. Having extensive experience with both large and small firms his expertise provides value across Product Knowledge’s entire range of clients.
Prior to joining Product Knowledge, Mr. Steinman most recently served as Vice President for Product Strategy and Business Development for QinetiQ North America overseeing nearly 90% of the firm’s product offerings. He joined QinetiQ in January of 2006 and served them continuously in multiple high visibility roles including as Vice President of Washington Operations where he focused on managing the corporation’s relationships within the US Congress, the Pentagon and the DoD requirements commands. He also served as the Director of Technology Marketing and Commercialization.
Prior to joining QinetiQ, he served as an Executive Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Northeast Technology Transfer Center and also served as the principal Technology Scouting consultant for Nike, Burton Snowboards, Benetton Sports Systems, Converse and several other sporting goods manufacturers.
Throughout his professional career he has held a number of senior positions in both management and technology development areas. His career spans both the defense and the commercial sectors with a principal focus on transitioning core technologies to sustainable products. Mr. Steinman holds degrees in Political Science and History from Emory University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
Elected, Nontraditional Defense Supplier, Class A, Term Expires Fall 2021
Robert “Bob” Yackel serves as president and chief executive officer of Merrill Technologies Group (Merrill). Bob succeeded his father and founder of Merrill, Gary Yackel, as president and CEO in 2008.
Bob has served the manufacturing industry for the past 30 years and has extensive experience in driving process and customer service improvements, while building critical partnerships within desired strategic markets.
Under his leadership, Merrill has grown in revenue, locations, people and market share.
Prior to serving as CEO, Bob was president of the company’s Merrill Tool & Machine business unit. Under his 10-year leadership with Merrill Tool & Machine the company doubled in size, experienced 25-percent annual growth for six-consecutive years and diversified into new markets including defense, solar and wind.
Before becoming president of Merrill Tool & Machine, Bob served as its general manager for eight years. In this role he led the company in expanding its use of CNC equipment, created its first quality control program and coordinated all sales activity.
He began his career at Merrill in 1979 and worked for 11 years as a machinist and assembler.