Ira Moskowitz is the CEO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). The ARM Institute is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, the organization accelerates transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University as an independent non-profit funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), ARM is part of the Manufacturing USA® network.
Prior to this role, Mr. Moskowitz served as Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Since 2017, he has led Massachusetts’ efforts for manufacturing innovation, overseeing the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), a $100 million economic development program affiliated with Manufacturing USA®. He serves on the boards of two DoD-led Manufacturing USA® Institutes, AFFOA and AIM Photonics, and has deep experience working directly with state and federal agencies.
Previously, Ira spent over 30 years managing semiconductor technology development and manufacturing, including operations in the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Having earned BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Rochester and MIT, respectively, Ira first worked at AT&T Bell Labs, where he was named a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, the highest technical designation at Bell Labs. While at Bell Labs, he also earned an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from New York University. Following Bell Labs, Ira joined Analog Devices, Inc., where he progressed through a series of manufacturing positions, including Production Manager, Quality Manager, and Director of Wafer Fab Operations. Ira’s most recent position at Analog was Vice President and General Manager, US Operations, responsible for the company’s US manufacturing operations and the technology development that supported it. In this capacity, he led the production of world-class mixed-signal, photonic, and MEMs devices, specializing in automotive safety and health care products requiring perfect quality, reliability, and on-time delivery. In addition to his work with large enterprises, Ira has been adept at launching, scaling and improving operations for new and small enterprises, including having started up and managed the operations of a successful new venture within a large OEM.
In addition to his board position at AFFOA, Ira is a member of the Leadership Council of AIM Photonics and the Board of Directors of Greentown Learn. Beyond his passion for manufacturing, Ira is a devoted musician. He has organized and conducted orchestras in his children’s school as a volunteer, participates in multiple community orchestras, and serves on the Board of Overseers of The New England Conservatory.