Jack Crane Strategic Advisor/CS & CBIA Affiliation
Jack provides manufacturers with guidance and mentoring in strategic planning, marketing, new product development, and linking strategy deployment with Lean activities. He also assists manufacturers with materials problems related to fabrication and function and connects companies with UCONN’s Institute of Materials Science. Additionally, Jack helps to match inventors and start-ups seeking manufacturing assistance.
Jack has a wealth of manufacturing experience, with a concentration in R&D, including product development and commercialization, as well as materials processing and fabrication. He also facilitated the Connecticut Metal Finishers Training Network, helping to create a 10-week basic course for metal finishers. He developed the CERT program supported by CONNSTEP, NIST, and DECD to improve growth of technology-based business in Connecticut.
Jack earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering at Purdue University and a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering at Yale University. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers on new products, synthesis, and fabrication of materials, and he is also the holder or co-holder of more than 30 patents related to alloys, processes, and products. Jack is a Fellow of the American Society of Materials, a recipient of the UCONN Engineering Services Award, and the first-ever recipient of the NIST/MEP Lifetime Achievement Award and recipient of the Leadership award for the Manufacturing Hall of Fame.