MFG TMW Podcast


Guest Spotlight
Stephanie Gaffney, Youngstown Business Incubator

Stephanie Gaffney is the director of Additive Manufacturing Programs at the Youngstown Business Incubator, an internationally recognized program focused on the development of software and additive manufacturing companies in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley.

Stephanie Gaffney, Youngstown Business Incubator

Stephanie Gaffney joined the YBI team in September of 2014 as an industry liaison for the precision printed parts network, and now works to integrate additive manufacturing into small to medium operations throughout Ohio. She has managed $20 million in unclassified R&D projects to address the joint operational needs of industry, military, academia and non-profits. Stephanie brings significant industry experience from several sectors of the economy, as well as management experience from owning her own company. She was named an America Makes ambassador in 2019 and is serving a two-year term on its executive committee.

Stephanie is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.

Keywords: additive manufacturing, 3D printing, workforce training, underserved minorities

Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU and Thomas Evans, Ohio State Media Services. Do you have a guest suggestion for MFG TMW? Please contact Kathryn Kelley, executive producer, at
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