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Kathryn Kelley

  • OMI Director, OMI
  • 5054 Smith Laboratory
    174 W. 18th Street
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-256-3724


Kathryn Kelley serves as executive director of OMI; she has more than 20 years' experience in program leadership and strategic communications at industry-oriented higher education, economic development and statewide technology organizations. She collaborates with state and national partners 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. 

Activities include:

  • Working with Ohio Development Services Agency and Ohio MEP affiliates 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.