Debra Satkowiak


Debra Satkowiak has served as the president of Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) since 2014, working to advance the association’s mission of safety and security for commercial explosives.  Prior to her position with IME, Deb had a 23-year career with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Deb began her work with ATF as an inspector in Michigan and a decade later transferred to ATF headquarters to develop advanced explosives training.  She served as the Detroit Area Supervisor; Chief of the Explosives Industry Programs Branch; Chief of Staff for the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs; Acting Chief of Staff in the Office of the Director; and Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Industry Division.    Deb is a Michigan native and graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  She is the proud recipient of the 2014 International Society of Explosives Engineers President’s Award. 
Debra can be contacted at (202) 266-4320 or at