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Herm Reininga


Herman M. (Herm) Reininga is the Interim Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa. Herm is Chief Engineer and Leadership Council of (NGMTI) Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative.

Herm was Senior Vice President of Operations for Rockwell Collins and, he was a corporate officer of Rockwell Collins. Reininga was responsible for overall management of Rockwell Collins' global production and material operations, including manufacturing, material, quality, and facilities and manufacturing activities till retirement in 2003.

Previously, Reininga served as vice president of Operations for the company, a position he was appointed to in 1982. Reininga joined the company in 1965 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of Operations CTPD and Director of Production Operations.

In June 2001, Reininga was inducted into the University of Iowa College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy. In 1999, he received the prestigious Meritorious Public Service Citation by the Chief of Naval Research, Department of the U.S. Navy. In 1998 he was awarded the Defense Manufacturing Excellence award endorsed by nine national trade associations and professional societies. He received the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) award from Iowa State in 1993.

A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Herm earned a bachelor's of science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. He earned a master of Industrial Engineering degree from Iowa State University.

Reininga is a member of the following organizations:Chairman of The National Academies Board of Manufacturing and Engineering Design; the U.S. Air Force Manufacturing Technology Advisory Panel; Chairman of the National Center for Advanced Technology (NCAT) and Board member for SCRA South Carolina Research Authority ; Chairman of the Integrated Manufacturing Technology Initiative (IMTI); project reviewer for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Technologies Area Review and Assessment for the National Science Foundation and National Center of Manufacturing Sciences; appointed member of the National Research Council; member of the U.S. Navy's Electronic Manufacturing Productivity Facility Advisory Board, member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Technical Operations Executive Committee and Electronics Manufacturing advisory panels.

He testified in front of the Congress subpannels on manufacturing, 2006 : House Science and Technology Committee on Manufacturing in 2003. From 1990 until 1992, Herm served on the Defense Science Board (DSB), a 30-member civilian advisory panel composed of leaders from industry and academia, to provide support and guidance to the Secretary of Defense. He testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Defense Technology, Acquisition and Industrial Base. Reininga chaired DSB's Production Technology Subgroup for Weapons Development Production Technology Summer Studies program which developed a manufacturing technology strategy for the U.S. DoD. He is called upon regularly to provide perspective for future manufacturing strategies. Herm is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). He also has developed and taught junior college courses on Production Control Master Scheduling.

Reininga is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale. Additionally, he is a member of the University of Iowa Engineering Development Council, University of Iowa Interaction Advisory Board for Industrial Engineering and is on the board for Center for Computer Aided Design. He was on the Iowa State University College of Industrial Engineering. Herm is a member of the Stewardship Committee and Finance Chairman for Christ Episcopal Church.

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