The Principals

Dr. Tomas Delio

Co-Founder & President

Dr. Tom Delio is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on high speed machining and machine tool dynamics. Dr. Delio co-founded, along with renowned machine tool pioneer Dr. Jiri Tlusty, Manufacturing Laboratories Inc. (MLI) and continues to serve as its President. Dr. Delio's has worked at MLI for the past 13 years performing development work in high-performance machining and commercializing MLI's resulting products.

Dr. K. Scott Smith


Dr. Scott Smith is the inventor or co-inventor of many of the cutting-edge techniques used for the optimization of machine tool performance. Smith has 20 years of experience in high-speed machining, process development, machine design, and machine dynamics. In 2018, Smith was appointed the Group Leader for Machining and Machine Tool Research at Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Dr. David Dilley

​Dr. Dilley founded D3V in 2004 to provide machine tool vibration services designed specially for the metal - cutting industry. Dilley has been working in the metal - cutting industry for 10 years with 6 of those years at GM Powertrain as a tool and die supervisor, senior process engineer, and senior project engineer. In 2001, he was awarded a Boeing Fellowship to research drill and reamer vibrations with Boeing's Military Advanced Manufacturing R&D. Dilley has numerous journal and conference publications, and has lectured classes at Oakland University and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dilley holds a BSME from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MS Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic and both MSME and Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Bethany Woody

Dr. Woody completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (2005) at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Woody is a cofounder, of InsituTec Inc. (2001), and has worked with government and industrial companies such as the NIST, Caterpillar, Boeing, and Bell Helicopter. Her primary roles at InsituTec include management, business development and customer outreach. Past collaborative efforts have included projects in the machining of titanium (Bell Helicopter), aluminum and nickel aluminum bronze. Her master’s project was recognized by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Robert L. Pinckney Award for bringing breakthrough technology from the laboratory and research environment to the production floor. Dr. Woody’s current research interests include machine tool dynamics, high speed machining technology, and advanced manufacturing techniques. These efforts have led to significant experience in high speed machining, machine tool dynamics, process plan development, precision manufacturing, and uncertainty analysis.

Scott Miller

Mr. Miller is the founder and CEO of The Innovation Machine, an industrial engineering firm focused on increasing the revenue & profitability of small to medium size enterprises (SME) through the implementation of productivity projects. After obtaining an Industrial Engineering degree from Penn State and serving the country as a Naval Officer, Mr. Miller started a company that manufactured golf clubheads in the USA for many of the largest golf companies. He has a broad range of ‘hands-on’ manufacturing experience – CAD, CAM, CAE, SPC, digitizing, CNC setup, and much more. His shop floor technical expertise, 1000+ hours of advanced manufacturing technology courses, and SME management experience provide him with a unique understanding of how the upcoming ‘digital industrial revolution’ will transform the manufacturing industry. He currently represents 140+ members on the Executive Committee of DMDII (Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute) and serves as a board member of ‘mHub’, a hardware incubator in Chicago.

David Barton

​Dave Barton co-founded BlueSwarf in the Silicon Valley in 2002, moving it to Penn State University's Innovation Park at the end of that year. Mr. Barton was chosen as one of the six original partners of National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Mr. Barton served as Executive Vice President of venture-backed internet start-up and served as a consultant to Federal Express, Autodesk, Milacron, Yahoo and eBay. He also served as General Manager of Rutland Tool & Supply (later known as Airgas Direct Industrial) and President of Omat Contol Technologies USA. Mr. Barton earned a BS from Arizona State University. Mr. Barton is the inventor of the Tool Dashboard and co-inventor of other metalworking-related technologies. Mr. Barton was one of the subjects of the 2004 best selling book, LIFE 2.0, How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness, by the Publisher of Forbes, Rich Karlgaard. Barton was named the Spring 2007 E.V. Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University and co-founder of the Lion Launch Pad business incubator.