July 31, 2019

CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute today announced the hiring of Jonathan Wise as VP, Technology, effective immediately.  Mr. Wise boasts an impressive background, strongly aligned to CESMII’s vision and efforts, developed through roles with industry leaders, like Rockwell, Amazon, Microsoft, GE and Activplant.  He is a key member of the senior leadership team, reporting to CESMII’s Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Wise possesses a unique and very valuable combination of integrated OT/IT (Operations/Information Technology) experience.  While at Rockwell, he led product development for automatic discovery of industrial devices and data, as well as embedded industrial analytics, both key elements of CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Platform™ deliverables.  He was a software development leader for both GE Fanuc’s Proficy Production Management Software business and Manufacturing Intelligence-pioneer Activplant Corporation.  Those leadership experiences were further sharpened through his role as a cloud platform evangelist with Microsoft and the product management experience he gained on Amazon’s digital device team.

Commenting on the addition of Mr. Wise to the leadership team, CESMII’s Chief Technology Officer, Haresh Malkani commented, “The integration of Operations Technologies (OT) and Information Technologies (IT) is central to accomplishing CESMII’s mission to democratize Smart Manufacturing Technology through our collaborative platform.  Jonathan brings a unique combination of technical expertise and leadership experience to our team where he will spearhead the development and execution of our platform strategy – a critical part of bringing value to our members and U.S. manufacturers of all sizes.”

CESMII continues to build out its capabilities to deliver on its mandate to democratize the technologies and knowledge needed to unleash innovation and make Smart Manufacturing available to the entire U.S. manufacturing ecosystem.  In addition to hiring Mr. Wise, CESMII also bolstered its team by adding Mr. Sean Ghotbi as a Program Manager to manage the current and growing portfolio of CESMII-funded projects.  Mr. Ghotbi is a certified Project Management Professional with 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in manufacturing, retail, distribution, automotive, education, food and technology services sectors. These include former positions with McGraw Hill, Pathway, CSU, Ellison, Daytron, and CRI.  He has expertise in a range of project management principles and tools, business process analyses, value stream mapping and enterprise management solutions.  In addition to the management of the current project portfolio, he will help drive improvements for a smarter portfolio management system that can streamline CESMII processes.

John Dyck, CESMII’s Chief Executive Officer, added his view on the growing organization. “Bolstering our team with talent like this marks an important step toward the realization of our technology vision, which will fundamentally improve the way Smart Manufacturing solutions are implemented and reduce the cost of digital transformation for all manufacturers. Hiring experienced domain-experts is essential not just to ensure we do the right things, but that we do them in an agile and collaborative manner.”


CESMII is the United States’ national institute on Smart Manufacturing, driving cultural and technological transformation and industrial cybersecurity leadership as national imperatives.  By enabling frictionless movement of information – raw and contextualized data – between real-time Operations and the people and systems that create value in and across Manufacturing organizations, CESMII is ensuring the power of information and innovation is at the fingertips of everyone who touches manufacturing.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, CESMII brings over $140 million in committed public-private investment through a consortium of partners from across industry, academia and non-profit entities.  CESMII’s program and administrative home is with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

For more information, visit the CESMII website at https://www.cesmii.org.


For more information, please contact:
Mike Yost, CESMII Outreach Advisor

(t) +1.888.720.8096

(e) mike.yost@cesmii.org