June 28, 2023 (CHICAGO) — MxD announced today the addition of Dr. Jocelyn M. Seng, retired Air Force Major General (two-star) and mechanical engineer, to its Board of Directors.
“A strong and resilient manufacturing industry is critical to national defense and our small and medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of our domestic capabilities. The Department of Defense has stated that the number of small businesses in the U.S. Defense Industrial Base has declined by 40 percent in the last decade, with the risk of losing more suppliers as the need to digitize and secure their operations increases,” said MxD CEO Berardino Baratta. “Dr. Seng’s strong technical background and senior leadership experience in military and civilian positions bring a unique perspective and opportunity to guide our growth and development to ensure MxD meets the needs of the DoD and greater manufacturing industry.”
Dr. Seng’s military career was centered around weapon systems development. She concurrently maintained a parallel civilian career, which included over 10 years as a patent-holding research scientist at Owens Corning. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Seng has consulted on national security strategy at the Institute for Defense Analyses, a national security policy think tank.
Dr. Seng graduated from Massachusetts Institute for Technology with a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering and from Stanford University with a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Her technical areas of expertise are in composite materials design, analysis, and manufacturing. Dr. Seng is also a distinguished graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, now referred to as the Eisenhower School, National Defense University.
“I’m honored to join the MxD Board and look forward to working with other board members, MxD team and the broader manufacturing sector to advance adoption of digital technology to strengthen U.S. competitiveness,” said Dr. Seng.
MxD welcomes Dr. Seng who will join other board members, including Billy Bardin, Global Climate Transition Director, DOW; Katy George, Senior Partner and Chief People Officer, McKinsey & Company; Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO, Siemens Digital Industries Software; Mary Isbister, Board Chair and Owner, GenMet Corp.; John Kusnierek, Senior Vice President, LibertyWorks Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce; Shirish Pareek, Chairman & CEO, Adaptec Solutions; Linda Cadwell Stancin, Vice President of Air Vehicle Engineering and Technology, Lockheed Martin, Carroll Thomas, Director (Retired), National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership; and Jay Walsh, Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation, University of Illinois.
MxD (Manufacturing x Digital) is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with the Department of Defense, MxD equips U.S. factories with the digital tools, cybersecurity, and workforce expertise needed to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our nearly 300 partners increase their productivity, win more business, and strengthen U.S. manufacturing. MxD is also the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing as designated by DoD.
Mackie Hill, Marketing and Communications Manager, MxD