Chief Manufacturing Officer for NIST / U.S. Department of Commerce, Michael Molnar, to Give Keynote Address for CATS Showcase Kickoff Dinner on April 23

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Rensselaer CATS is pleased to announce that Michael F. Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) / U.S. Department of Commerce, and Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) will give the keynote address at the kickoff dinner for the 2012 Rensselaer CATS Technology Showcase and Conference on April 23, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY.

Mr. Molnar will discuss recent Federal initiatives to re-invigorate manufacturing as a vital sector in the U.S. economy, including the launch of a public-private effort to design the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as proposed in the President's budget for Fiscal Year 2013.  The NNMI will connect research discoveries and budding ideas for tomorrow's technologies and products with the U.S. manufacturers of today, as well as with the start-ups sprouting on the technology horizon.

Complete Rensselaer CATS Showcase information and agenda can be found here.


Biography - Michael F. Molnar

Michael F. (Mike) Molnar likes to be introduced simply as “an advanced manufacturing guy from industry”.  After nearly thirty years in the private sector he recently was named as the first Chief Manufacturing Officer of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and also appointed director of the interagency National Program Office for Advanced Manufacturing.  As called for by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) initiative, the NPO’s mission is to convene and foster private-public partnerships to improve competitiveness and innovation in U.S. manufacturing;  and to form a “whole of government” approach to build America’s advanced manufacturing capacity.

Mike’s experience includes leadership roles in advanced manufacturing, metrology, manufacturing systems, quality, technology development, sustainability and industrial energy efficiency.  His credentials include service as a Federal Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and election as Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.  He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and both a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is an active member of professional societies, consortia and volunteer organizations.