With over 40 years at Rockwell Collins, Jack Harris retired as the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology in September 2011. In this capacity he was responsible for the strategic direction of manufacturing technologies and process development. This included the alignment of business unit technology needs with manufacturing capabilities and the implementation of Digital Manufacturing tools and technologies for over a dozen manufacturing locations worldwide. He has been engaged in economic development in manufacturing for over 25 years, and has served as the Vice Chairman of the Iowa Innovation Council and as a member of the state’s Technology Commercialization Committee. After his retirement, he launched the Iowa Innovation Corporation (IIC) and served as the President/CEO of IIC. Today; he serves as General Manager for the PDES Inc. international consortium, whose charter is to provide enterprise business value through improved information interoperability and usage, and is the IMS Head of Delegation for the United States to the U.S. delegation on the global Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program. In addition, he serves as a director on three small manufacturing company boards, Vice Chairs the Advanced Manufacturing Working Group for the U.S. Aerospace States Association and is the CEO for Parametric Studio: a start up Aero Engineering STEM software provider. He holds an AAS and BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management.
Head of Delegation, IMS United States
General Manager PDES Inc.