Debbie Lilu, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Vice President Maintenance and Sustainment, Business Development, CTMA Program Director Education: MS Marketing Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute BS Business Administration (Marketing & Management), Eastern Connecticut State University.
Ms. Lilu has over 30 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace industries and working with the Department of Defense. Ms. Lilu has extensive expertise in managing complex, collaborative technical projects and understands how to bring new technology to commercialization. She has identified and developed new funding sources augmenting program resources and monitoring project performance through implementation and commercialization. She has a proven track record leading a team for securing over $850M in funding across all of the armed services. This success has been achieved by building and maintaining strong relationships with key DoD personnel, a deep understanding of the DoD funding process and a familiarity of the technology that is available in the commercial sector. Ms. Lilu also has strong experience in program management, contract administration, cooperative agreements, and most importantly the CTMA process, growing it exponentially over the last 17 years. She has comprehensive knowledge in project formation, execution, management, close-out and technology transition. She currently is the Co-Chair of the Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations (AMMO) Working Group. She is also a focal point in supporting the efforts and goals of the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG)s including website maintenance, marketing and technology forums. She continues to build strong relationships with the DoD maintenance communities, i.e., additive manufacturing, wiring, expeditionary fluid analysis, cold spray, composite, corrosion, and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM+).