Dwight D. Carlson's expertise in entrepreneurial leadership
began long before his present post as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Coherix,
a high definition metrology company utilizing Digital Holographic
Imaging (DHI) invented at the University of Michigan to optimize
manufacturing processes in the automotive and semiconductor
Prior to Coherix, Mr. Carlson founded Perceptron, Inc., a
global leader in three-dimensional machine vision systems, and
served as President and CEO from 1981-1996. Perceptron pioneered
manufacturing techniques that not only improved quality, but
also significantly reduced cost, while shortening the time to
bring a new auto model to market. In the late nineties, when
Mr. Carlson stepped down, Perceptron had become a public company
with sales of $50 million and a market valuation of $350 million.
Prior to Perceptron, Mr. Carlson founded XYCOM, Inc., a leader
in industrial microcomputers, and served as President and CEO
from 1968-1981. He co-founded and developed the first microcomputer-based
vehicle emissions test system. In early 1973, Mr. Carlson’s
team created the first microcomputer used for self-service gas
pump dispensing, resulting in the industry standard that is
used in gas pumps all over the world today.
Mr. Carlson has served as Chairman of the Michigan Manufacturing
Technology Center (MMTC), formerly the Industrial Technology
Institute (ITI). The not-for-profit MMTC exists to enhance the
global competitiveness of Michigan‘s small and mid-size
manufacturers. In addition, Mr. Carlson co-founded and served
as Chairman of the Auto Body Consortium (ABC, Inc.), formed
to perform collaborative research between the Big Three automakers,
the auto supply base, research universities, and federal research
He also served on the Advisory Board for the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Advisory Board
of the Engineering College of the University of Michigan, and
co-chaired the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing
(NACFAM) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the S.M. Wu Foundation
board of directors.
Today, Mr. Carlson serves as Chairman of the Precision Engineering
& Manufacturing Alliance (PEMA), a similar consortium as
the Auto Body Consortium. PEMA focuses on powertrain, engine
and chassis industry issues and brings universities, industry
and government together to solve complex, US industry-wide challenges.
He also serves as Chairman of the Michigan Innovation Certificate
of Deposit (MICD) Advisory Board, a new, innovative financing
vehicle for small to medium sized companies. Mr. Carlson was
appointed to the Technical Advisory Panel for the Ngee Ann Polytechnic/AEM-Evertech
Centre of Innovation (NACOI), in March, 2005. Mr. Carlson
received the 2008 Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Shien-Ming
Wu Foundation in recognition of his leadership skills and his
profound impact on the manufacturing industry.
Dwight Carlson is a graduate of the General Motors Institute
in Flint, Michigan.