The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in the US has appointed John Schmitt as executive director of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center (AMIIC), a new company based in Alabama, USA.

‘John is a high-caliber professional with advanced manufacturing expertise, the strategic vision, and natural leadership abilities necessary to carry out AMIIC’s mission and establish it as an advanced manufacturing center of excellence in Northern Alabama,’ said Gary Fleegle, NCDMM president and CEO.

The AMIIC’s aim is to provide students and workers in the state with more opportunities for training, certifications, and apprenticeships to fill available, highly skilled positions.

Schmitt was previously a lieutenant colonel after more than 20 years of service as a US Army aviator and acquisition corps officer. He is a founding member of the Inner Defense Initiative, a research collaborative focusing on helping the victims of post-traumatic stress.

This story uses material from the NCDMM, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.