Craig Dory is the Director of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute’s (CESMII’s) Northern Regional Manufacturing Center (NRMC) hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.  He leads Institute operations in the Northern United States, working to accelerate the development and implementation of Smart Manufacturing technologies and systems across manufacturers of all sizes and industry domains. He also leads Smart Manufacturing outreach and training activities throughout the region.

Craig has served on the Board of Directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) for over 7 years and was a member of SMLC’s CESMII proposal team.  He also served as CESMII’s interim VP for Membership where he led team efforts recruiting and signing the Institute’s first 100 members.  

Prior to joining CESMII, Craig was Director for Business Development for the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at RPI, an Institute-wide research center focused on industrially driven topics in advanced manufacturing. At RPI CATS, he led business development, strategic planning, intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization activities for the Center, helping partner companies realize nearly $400M in non-job economic impacts and create or retain almost 900 jobs through collaborative projects with the CATS. In addition, he developed and presented a Commitment to Action proposal during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, reimagining the way NIST MEPs recognize and address innovation needs of SME manufacturers.  This methodology is now at the core of New York State FuzeHub’s industrial triage, and central to outreach and intake programs of at least two Manufacturing USA Institutes, including CESMII and ARM.

Craig started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. There, he led strategic-planning, technology-transfer and commercialization activities targeted at integrating developments in telecommunications switching and transmission to provide new vertical services and reduce operating costs.  He left Bell Labs to found Dorian Recordings, where he established the international award-winning classical-music production company and CD label as an industry benchmark for innovative Artists & Repertoire and bleeding-edge production quality. He led Dorian for nearly 20 years, growing it to be the 2nd-largest American-owned classical imprint.

Craig earned a B.S. in Mathematics (with Distinction) from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He is an avid sports and nature photographer and, on occasion, dusts off his sax to play some jazz…

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