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Phil Mintz has been named Interim Executive Director of Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the statewide extension service of the College of Engineering. Mintz succeeds Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff  who announced her retirement last month. Mintz is also the Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP), the North Carolina affiliate of a national NIST supported program that provides technical assistance to smaller manufacturers.

IES partners with North Carolina industry to catalyze the transfer of knowledge and technology in support of economic development. The organization supplies North Carolina businesses with the tools and services they need to help increase productivity, efficiency, quality and profit.

Mintz has 25 years of manufacturing and engineering experience, including five years as Associate Executive Director and senior leader along with 10 years as an IES Regional Manager and specialist in quality management and Lean Six Sigma services.

Before joining IES, Mintz held posts as an industrial and systems engineer and engineering cost specialist for organizations and businesses including the US Navy Procurement Office in Norfolk, VA; Lockheed-Martin Engineering and Sciences Company at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA; and Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Electronic Systems Division in Baltimore, MD.

Mintz is an engineering graduate with a BS in Engineering Operations from NC State and a MS in Industrial Engineering from NC A&T State University.

“Phil’s long history of service and outstanding commitment to IES will serve us well as we work through this leadership transition,” said Louis A. Martin-Vega, Ph.D., P.E., Dean of Engineering.