CESMII Welcomes Conrad Leiva as Director of Ecosystem & Workforce Development

March 4, 2020

We are excited to introduce Mr. Conrad Leiva to our Staff as CESMII Director, Ecosystem & Workforce Development, effective March 2, 2020. Conrad is a native of Southern California and will work at CESMII Headquarters.

Conrad is a proven executive leader and recognized industry domain expert in Smart Manufacturing. He joins us from his previous role as VP, Market Strategy & Alliances at iBASEt, a developer of manufacturing software with a focus on highly regulated complex industries. Conrad worked several roles in 20+ years at iBASEt, including training, product strategy, consulting, marketing, and alliances with MES, PLM, ERP, plant automation, and systems integration partners.

Conrad holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, certifications in MES/MOM manufacturing operations management methodologies, and he is a certified Quality Auditor. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and his writing includes guidebooks, whitepapers, online courses and articles. His recent works have focused on Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the digital thread between engineering, business, manufacturing and sustainment systems.

Conrad is a lifetime member of MESA International, where he is currently Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Working Group. In this role, he has 10+ years of experience engaging with manufacturers, solution providers, business leaders and practitioners across all the dimensions of the industry creating education materials on both How and Why to leverage information technology. In 2019, MESA awarded him an Innovation Leadership Award for his leadership with the Smart Manufacturing Working Group and Community.


The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to focus on innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability and innovation.  In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, CESMII brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry and non-profits – hailing from more than thirty states.  CESMII is the 9th Institute of  Manufacturing USA, a network of regional institutes, each with a specialized technology focus.

CESMII is a national network of Regional Manufacturing Centers (RMCs) each focused on local relationships with opportunities for national impact in the areas of technology transfer and workforce development. The power of this network is cross-linking resources, capabilities and expertise across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments. For more information, visit the CESMII website at https://www.cesmii.org.

, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments. For more information, visit the CESMII website at https://www.cesmii.org.