The Board of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM) today named Ira Moskowitz its new Chief Executive Officer. The move will take effect May 5, 2020. Moskowitz succeeds Dr. Byron Clayton, who announced in August 2019 that he was stepping down.
Structured as a public-private partnership, the ARM Institute accelerates transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. ARM was founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University as an independent non-profit funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). ARM is also part of the Manufacturing USA network.
Prior to being named CEO of ARM, Moskowitz served as Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Since 2017, he has led Massachusetts’ efforts for manufacturing innovation, overseeing the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, a $100 million economic development program affiliated with Manufacturing USA. He serves on the boards of two DoD-led Manufacturing USA Institutes, AFFOA and AIM Photonics, and has deep experience working directly with state and federal agencies.
“The ARM Board could not be more pleased to have Ira take on the leadership of this vital institution,” said Brett B. Lambert, Chairman of the ARM Board of Directors. “Ira’s outstanding record of working with Manufacturing USA and his demonstrated track record of leading growing and complex operations make him an ideal selection. We look forward to working with Ira as he continues to drive the Institute forward as the nation’s pre-eminent organization focused on the future role of robotics in U.S. manufacturing.”
Previously, Moskowitz spent 30 years managing global semiconductor technology development and manufacturing including wafer fabrication, assembly and test operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was the Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Operations at Analog Devices, responsible for the company’s domestic manufacturing operations and the technology development that supported it. He also started and managed the manufacturing and process development for a new MEMS venture within Analog Devices which resulted in the commercialization of disruptive airbag control technology. Prior to Analog Devices, Moskowitz was employed by AT&T Bell Labs where he was named a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.
Moskowitz holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU), a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
“I am honored to be joining the tremendous team at ARM and the nation’s foremost collaborative in robotics, automation and workforce education,” said Moskowitz. “The robotics market is set to transform over the next decade with major growth across all sectors. I am excited to contribute to that transformation and the enhancement of our nation’s competitiveness, while simultaneously increasing the skills and value of our manufacturing employees. It has been my privilege to work with so many dedicated and talented colleagues in Massachusetts, and I look forward to contributing to the excellence of U.S. manufacturing.”
During its four years, ARM has grown its membership to more than 230 companies, funded close to 60 projects, launched an online platform to manage projects and share expertise, hosted a multitude of events for both industry and government, and moved into Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green, a rapidly developing location for industrial and technical innovation in Pittsburgh, PA.