Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, is the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dean is the Immediate Past President (2016-2017) of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) and the immediate Past President (2016) of SME.
Dr. Bartles served as the founding executive director for the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago and the Chief Manufacturing Officer of UI LABS. Prior to these recent assignments, he served as a vice president at General Dynamics Corp. where his career spanned over 30 years and included profit and loss responsibility for three manufacturing plants as well as managing the establishment of two manufacturing operations overseas.
Bartles has more than 39 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance, Primex Technologies, General Dynamics and UI LABS. He was elected both an SME fellow and an ASME fellow in 2012. Bartles also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of ASME, and also currently serves as chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition.
Additional boards Bartles serves are the MT Connect Institute, the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences and Industry Advisory Boards at Penn State University, Iowa State University, Indiana State University, Pittsburgh State University and East Carolina University. He previously served on the board of directors of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association, the Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium, the American League of Export Security Assistance, the Manufacturing Division of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council and the Defense Industry Offsets Association.
Additionally, Bartles was part of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Boards’ Education and Training Subcommittee, the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group and the Army Research and Development Advisory Committee.
He graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, holds an MBA from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in international business from Tampa College. Bartles has also earned a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Nova Southeastern University and a Ph. D. in Technology Management with a concentration in advanced manufacturing systems from Indiana State University.