Julie Tran, Manager, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Julie Tran, Manager, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

julie-tranJulie Tran is the Program Manager of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), a national nonprofit focused on transforming U.S. manufacturing through democratizing access to real-time data. The SMLC is developing the nation’s first open platform and marketplace for real-time data analytics, industrial applications, and solutions for manufacturing. This enabling infrastructure will provide manufacturers with easy and affordable access to evolve with technology, innovate, and tackle industrial, environmental and market-dynamic challenges.

Over the past 5 years, Julie has helped the SMLC grow into an internationally recognized leader in Smart Manufacturing. Her strength is moving people, business and projects forward with an ability to conceptualize ideas and develop execution plans. Julie also has extensive experience working with industry, academia and associations to realize value-add opportunities for collaboration. Among her broad responsibilities for the SMLC include strategic planning, communications and outreach, public-private partnerships, and managing large federal grants.

Through a vibrant network of partners and Julie’s leadership, SMLC was recently selected to lead the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), under the Department of Energy. CESMII is a national network that brings together over $140 million in public-private investment and more than 200 partners from leading manufacturers and universities across 30+ states to advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. This Institute will accelerate Smart Manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data analytics, platforms and controls to radically improve the precision, performance, quality, sustainability and energy management.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the institute will launch five regional manufacturing centers networked across the U.S., each focused on addressing local technology transfer, industry-driven RD&D, workforce development, and energy-related objectives. The California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) will lead the California Regional Manufacturing Center, leveraging partnerships across the region including the City of Los Angeles, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, LAnSync, UCLA, UCI, USC, UC Berkeley, JPL, Cal-state and community colleges as well as its cross-sector industrial partners. Together, the community will harness the ability to tap the largest manufacturing base in the United States.

Julie was enlisted to join the Institute’s start-up team, focused on successfully launching the Institute in early 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology at UCLA.