LIFT Hires Defense Acquisition University Professor to Lead Government Technology Programs

Michigan native and auto veteran will play a key role in the institute’s growth

DETROIT – LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a U.S. Department of Defense sponsored national manufacturing innovation institute, today announced it has hired Peter Czech as Director of Government Programs.

Czech joins LIFT after spending over nine years as a Professor of Program Management and Course Manager of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff Specialist course at the Defense Acquisition University Defense Systems Management College. As a professor at the university, Czech was tasked with Leading executive program managers in the art and science of managing successful programs and consulting program areas of need including leadership, systems engineering, manufacturing, intellectual property, industry and additive manufacturing.

Prior to working at the University, Czech spent 30 years at Chrysler Corporation in several roles including Program Management for multiple new vehicle programs and Supervisor of the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Mich.

We are thrilled to have Pete moving back to Michigan and help lead the government programs here at LIFT,” said Hadrian Rori, chief technology officer, LIFT. “As a partner with the Department of Defense, we are working on several technologies in support of the warfighter and Pete will play a key role in bringing those programs forward.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to move back home but continue to support the men and women in uniform and the Department of Defense,” Czech said. “The work LIFT is doing will have a major impact on our national defense and I am looking forward to bringing my experience and expertise to the table.”

Czech will begin his role at LIFT on April 1 and be located its Detroit headquarters.

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit or follow on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT to learn more.