Mr. Van Metre was named the third President of Advanced Technology International in May 2012. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of ATI, a $420M not-for-profit firm with the mission of minimizing the burden of government by helping industry, federal agencies and universities collaborate to rapidly commercialize applied research. ATI-led consortia covers a broad spectrum of fields that includes automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, ordnance, advanced materials, defense supply chains, interagency operations centers, signals intelligence, advanced manufacturing and weapons system sustainment. Building multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 competitors to small businesses), federal agencies and universities in the form of innovative business models is a prominent feature of these ventures.
Mr. Van Metre’s experience includes strategic planning, technology roadmapping and multi-organizational and multidisciplinary consortia formation. His technical and engineering expertise has been invaluable in creating teams to focus research and development on innovative ship design tools, modeling and simulation, advanced materials, alternative energy resources and other areas. Mr. Van Metre develops alliances among stakeholders groups from industry, academia and the federal government to define and prioritize issues and solutions where collaboration among diverse groups is mandated for a successful outcome.Prior to being named President and CEO of ATI, Mr. Van Metre was SCRA’s Senior VP of Business Development Operations, working with the senior leaders in each of SCRA’s Sectors and affiliated institutes, as well as SCRA’s industry, academic and government partners, to identify areas of value synergy where collaborative solutions merit pursuit. Early in his career at ATI, Mr. Van Metre was the program lead for the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium and its industry component, the National Warheads and Energetic Consortium, a collaboration comprised of over 120 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability by leveraging the nation’s industrial and academia research and development bases to advance and expand our military technological superiority in critical fields of warheads, fuzes, explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics and munitions demilitarization. As the pre-award Business Development Leader and initial leader of this seven year, $700M program, Mr. Van Metre forged key Government and Industry client relationships, developed the business model for program execution and built the internal team for start-up execution.Prior to these assignments, Mr. Van Metre was a Program Manager on the Maritime team for ATI. He also completed a twenty year Navy career where he served in a variety of leadership and management positions in both staff and operational assignments, including submarine command.Mr. Van Metre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He completed graduate coursework at Tulane University and numerous executive education courses in Business Development and Marketing Strategy (Kellogg – Northwestern University, MBDi, Karass Negotiation, Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute). Mr. Van Metre earned Navy designation as a specialist in Nuclear Engineering and Master Training Specialist (Curriculum Development). Mr. Van Metre serves on the Advisory Board for The Citadel’s School of Engineering Leadership and Program Management. He is a member of the Navy League of the United States, the National Defense Industrial Association and past-President of the Charleston, SC chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.