0 (5).jpeg

Thought Leadership


Chief Development Officer


Douglas Ramsey is the Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Hackrod. Hackrod is a digital manufacturing company redefining the way vehicles are designed, engineered and produced in the 21st Century. Mr. Ramsey has over 25 years of experience working across a number of manufacturing industries including primary metals, automotive, aerospace, energy, defense, and consumer products in the US, Europe, Japan, and South Korea. In the US, Mr. Ramsey has served as a leader in a number of public private partnerships focused on advanced manufacturing policy and technology development. Mr. Ramsey is an international thought leader in advanced manufacturing technology and policy. Mr. Ramsey has served as the Chairman of the Industrial Control Board for the US National Lightweight Metals Innovation Institute (LIFT) in Detroit and as a manufacturing technology policy advisor and contributor to the White House as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0). He has also held board and advisory roles with a number of manufacturing institutes in the US including the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), America Makes, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), and Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). Mr. Ramsey also served as the Alcoa-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technologist-In-Resident (TIR) with a focus on innovations in metals manufacturing technology. More recently, Mr. Ramsey helped lead the team that secured a $250m award from the US Department of Defense to establish a new national robotics institute (ARM Institute) in Pittsburgh, PA in 2017. Mr. Ramsey currently serves as on the Industrial Steering Panel (ISP) committee of the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS) and on the Outreach Committee of CESMII. Mr. Ramsey has also served for 14 years as a member of the US-Japan Technology Forum at Vanderbilt University which is a US-Japan bilateral forum to promote investments in defense and manufacturing technology. Mr. Ramsey holds a Masters in Science and Economics in Strategic Studies from the National University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and a Minor in Japanese from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Ramsey is fluent in English and Japanese.