Mike Molnar likes to be introduced simply as “a 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 initiative, the NPO’s mission is to foster industry-led partnerships and to form a “whole of government” approach to strengthen competitiveness and innovation in U.S. manufacturing.
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.