Vista AST is a small business dedicated to bringing advanced manufacturing technologies and accompanying curricula and projects into educational institutions across the US.
Our offices are located in downtown Youngstown, OH, within Edison’s Digital Workshop. This space provides an Innovation wing and a Creativity wing. The Innovation wing provides design workspaces and holographic displays to facilitate innovative design.
Meet Our Team
As President of Vista AST, Jack is passionate about education, from K to 16 through workforce development. Jack is committed to introducing students of all ages to innovation and creativity, inspiring them to design and pursue STEM-related careers. Jack has a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University. He retired as president and COO of Parsons, a multi-billion engineering and design firm in 2007 and has been fully dedicated to inculcating a passion for innovative learning since. He is President and Founder of Applied Systems & Technology Transfer, the developer of the INVENTORcloud Program.
Julie Michael Smith:
Julie engages with all facets of the INVENTORcloud program including stakeholder engagement, curriculum development, sales and marketing. With Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, she has over 25 years’ experience working with industry, government and academic institutions.
Serving as Director of Operations for Vista AST, Bill is responsible for day to day business activities, project management and controls, procurement and business development. Bill has more than 13 years of experience in project management, project controls and proposal development for both federal and industry clients, holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and is fluent in Spanish.
As development engineer, Mark is responsible for design and implementation of new technologies to incorporate into INVENT3D printers, including single and dual head printers and printer kits. Mark also provides technical support and professional development to schools and libraries for use of the INVENT3D printer.
Leading the development of INVENTORcloud’s primary through secondary education curriculum, Joe has over 35 years’ experience in secondary education and administration, culminating his career as superintendent. Joe is passionate about STEM education and its influence on today’s students. Joe’s education degrees have been awarded by Hiram College and Youngstown State University.
As the Technology Director for Vista AST, Craig manages all aspects of technical support and development of various Vista AST projects. Additionally, he assists with professional development training. Craig has a Masters of Computing and Information Systems as well as a Bachelors in Computer Science from Youngstown State University.
Supporting the INVENT3D Maker Space, Francis brings expertise in design, additive manufacturing and CAD/CAM programs to INVENTORcloud’s students and teachers. Francis has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University.