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Kathryn Kelley

  • Executive Director, OMI
  • 139A Fontana Labs
    116 W. 19th
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-4116


Kathryn Kelley serves as executive director of OMI; she has more than 18 years' experience in program leadership and strategic communications for industry-oriented higher education and statewide technology organizations. She collaborates with others to develop regional and national public policy to support manufacturing innovation, advocate for small- and medium-sized manufacturing needs within the supply chains and remove barriers between academia and industry. Collaborations include working with state and national partners on effective advanced manufacturing education and career pathways.

Activities include:

  • Working with ODSA and Ohio MEPs on a roadmapping pilot project to determine manufacturing needs and technical solutions by manufacturing processes
  • Serving as principal investigator on the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program to support companies and communities affected by defense spending cuts
  • Helping to develop the human network for the Ohio Innovation Exchange with the Ohio Department of Higher Education on a research expertise portal project that will connect Ohio academic and technical institutions with industry partners 
  • Producing a "Manufacturing Tomorrow" podcast series on iTunes University to highlight innovative manufacturers and the partnerships that propel their efforts (
  • Collaborating with state and national partners on advanced manufacturing education pathways and engineering technologist manufacturing career programs
  • Organizing industry-focused events such as the Central Ohio Manufacturing Resource Forum

She is dedicated to researching and issuing action-provoking reports on advanced manufacturing trends, workforce development and disruptive technologies.