The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) board of directors has announced the selection of Mark Ripke as its new Board Chairman with Matt Majewski as the Vice Chairman. Both board members were voted in at the bi-monthly board meeting held recently.

“UAMMI deeply appreciates the leadership of outgoing Chairman, Scott Lindsay, TCR and his contributions to moving UAMMI forward in these uniquely challenging times,” said Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Executive Director, UAMMI.  “With great pleasure, we are announcing new leadership for UAMMI’s Board of Directors. Mark Ripke from Boeing has agreed to serve as Board Chairman and Matt Majewski from Kihomac has agreed to serve as Vice Chairman.”

Mark-Ripke-Boeing-UAMMI-Utah-ChairmanMark will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the chairman position.  He currently serves as the Chief Engineer, Sr. Manager of Engineering at the Boeing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began his career with The Boeing Company in 1998 and has held leadership positions in Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Maintenance, Information Technology and Engineering. Prior to Boeing, Mark held leadership and technical roles with the Department of Defense and Westinghouse, where he focused on design, metallurgical, non-destructive test, equipment, and tool engineering disciplines.

He is a graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology. In addition, he holds several degrees from the USAF Air University and Community College of the Air Force.

As Vice Chairman, Matt Majewski will also bring vast expertise and knowledge to his new position.  Matt currently serves as the Aerospace Engineering Group Director and Vice President for Advanced Materials & Products at KIHOMAC, where he has been since September, 2015. In this role he is responsible for commercial applications of KIHOMAC’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

Mr. Majewski has more than twenty-two years of experience in a variety of leadership, management, and technical positions in automotive, commercial, and aerospace industries.   He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 2009, received his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in 2011, and complete a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2011.Matt-Majewski-UAMMI-Utah-Vice-Chairman

Prior to joining KIHOMAC, Matt served as a test engineer, design engineer, program manager, quality engineer, process engineering manager, production manager, and supply chain manager at several Fortune 500 companies and Hill Air Force Base, Utah.  In his last two years at Hill Air Force Base he was the Aircraft Landing Gear Squadron Director and F-16 Core Avionics Supply Chain Manager responsible for directing maintenance, repair and overhaul activities for nearly all Air Force aircraft landing gear and sustainment management for core avionics and structural systems of the F-16 worldwide fleet respectively.

“UAMMI will greatly benefit from the deep industry experiences of both Mark and Matt in leading our vital organization to elevate advanced materials and advanced manufacturing in Utah,” Dr. Tulinda Larsen concluded.