Office of Transportation and Machinery

The Office of Transportation and Machinery (OTM) undertakes industry analysis, contributes to U.S. trade policy development, participates in trade negotiations, organizes trade capacity building programs, and evaluates the impact of domestic and international economic and regulatory policies on the aerospace, automotive and machinery industries.

The Aerospace Team covers aerospace equipment including large civil aircraft, regional jets, rotorcraft, commercial space, general aviation, engines and power plants, unmanned aerial systems, maintenance, repair and overhaul, air traffic management equipment, and airport infrastructure/aviation security. For more information about OTM and ITA’s work with these industries, visit the Aerospace and Defense Industries page

The Automotive Team covers automotive vehicles and parts including passenger vehicles, light and heavy-duty trucks, buses, specialty vehicles, and vehicles and systems for ground defense. The Automotive team compiles trade data on automotive goods based on product groupings created by OTM. For more information about OTM and ITA’s work with these industries, visit the Automotive and Smart Mobility Industries page

The Machinery Team covers industrial machinery including construction and mining equipment, metalworking equipment and machine tools, printing, publishing and converting technologies, plastics, rubber and chemical production equipment, agribusiness equipment, rail equipment, industrial automation equipment, and food processing and packaging machinery. For more information about OTM and ITA’s work with these industries, visit the Advanced Manufacturing page

OTM Contacts:

SectorPortfolioContact OTM Staff
AerospaceTeam Lead; Space Launch; Space Products; Remote Sensing; Aircraft Finance, Export Credits, and Cape Town Convention Kim Wells 
AerospaceAirport Infrastructure, Aviation Security, Avionics, Air Traffic Management Equipment, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, DFO for ITAC 1 Jonathan Alvear
AerospaceGlobal Defense Exports; Competitiveness and Subsidies Issues; Offsets; AUKUS, MROMaryLee Pollitt
AerospaceAerospace Issues in China and Asia; Unmanned Aircraft SystemsStefanie Merchant
AerospaceLarge Civil Aircraft; WTO Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft; Aerospace Issues in Europe; Aircraft Parts, Including Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) PartsRick Cieri
AerospaceAircraft Engines; Aerospace Issues in the Western Hemisphere; green technology/sustainable aviation fuelsPatrik Kjos
AutomotiveTeam Lead; USMCA Implementation; Trade Classification Systems; Trade Policy ActionsElizabeth Clark
AutomotiveAutomotive Issues in China, North Africa, and the Middle East; Counterfeiting Issues; SEMA MDCP Team LeaderElizabeth Couch
AutomotiveAutomotive Issues in Central and South America, Caribbean, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Europe; Remanufacturing Issues; Advanced Automotive Power Trains; Alternative Fuel and Fuel-Economy Technologies; Regulatory Issues Affecting the U.S. Automotive Industry (including EPA and NHTSA)Andy Parris
AutomotiveAutomotive Issues in China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the ASEAN Region; Automotive Issues in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum; Automotive Trade DataTodd Peterson
AutomotiveAutomotive Issues in Mexico, Canada, Korea, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh; Automotive Issues in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement; Legislative Issues Concerning the Automotive Industry; Free Trade Zone (FTZ) ConcernsJeffrey Williams
AutomotiveMedium-Heavy Duty Trucks, Emergency Vehicles, Ground Defense Vehicles, Buses, Automotive Issues in Central and South America Julien Tuya
MachineryTeam Lead; Agricultural Equipment; Food Processing Equipment; Packaging Machinery; Packaging Materials; Material Handling Equipment; Hotel & Restaurant EquipmentPadraic Sweeney
MachineryConstruction Equipment; Mining Machinery; Re-Manufacturing; Fluid Power Technology; PumpsKit Rudd
MachineryRailway Equipment; Metalworking Equipment/Machine Tools; Industrial Molds; Special Dies, Tools, Jigs, & Fixtures; Welding Apparatus; Soldering Equipment; Plastics Production Equipment; Printing, Publishing, & Converting Technologies and Equipment; DFO for ITAC 2Forrest Nielsen
MachineryAdvanced Manufacturing Lead; Robotics; Additive Manufacturing; Advanced Manufacturing Technologies; Advanced MaterialsJaron Bass
MachineryAdvanced Technology for Heavy Off-Road Equipment: Digital/IT, Propulsion Systems, Autonomy/Robotics; Intermodal & Port Equipment; Rare Earth Elements Mining & Processing Technology; Diesel EnginesCornelius Gyamfi
MachineryIndustrial Automation; Process Controls and Sensors; Electric Motors; Industrial Valves; Industrial Power Transmissions; AI and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies; Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration EquipmentMatthew Orf
Transportation and MachineryOffice DirectorScott Kennedy