EWI’s Board of Directors recently experienced a number of changes. We have three new Board members (out of nine total) and a new Chairman.
At the Annual Meeting of the Voting Members of EWI, we welcomed Brian Cummings, Vice President of Technology Commercialization & Knowledge Transfer at The Ohio State University, who replaced Greg Washington when he left OSU to become Dean of Engineering at UC Irvine. Brian brings a considerable track record in technology commercialization that will be helpful to EWI as our own commercialization program develops. Brian’s understanding of how new technologies become market successes will be a real asset to EWI.
Maureen Normoyle, General Manager for Repair Technology at GE, replaced Courtney Hill, who will be retiring from GE later this year. In addition to managing the aviation repair technology portfolio, Maureen also brings experience from the Energy and Transportation businesses at GE. Her insights will be very helpful in focusing EWI on continual improvement of our service to GE, an important partner for EWI and our largest account.
Emily DeRocco, President and CEO of the Manufacturing Institute, replaces Jeff Colwell, who retired from Battelle earlier this year. Emily is widely known throughout the manufacturing world and is a strong advocate of EWI’s business model. In fact, EWI and Manufacturing Institute are partnering closely on the development of a new innovation model for US industry to strengthen our manufacturing competitiveness. Our organizations will be hosting a joint Manufacturing Innovation Summit tomorrow.
Finally, Dick Rogovin, Chairman of US Bridge, was elected Chairman of EWI. Dick has been a member of the EWI Board for six years. He replaced Dennis Crockett, who after eight years as Chairman moved to Vice Chair, where he will continue to provide EWI with steady leadership and wise counsel.
I’d like to take this moment to thank Greg, Courtney, Jeff, and Dennis for their dedicated service to EWI. Their support and guidance has been invaluable to the organization and particularly helpful to me.