As the Chief Manufacturing Officer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Roger Kilmer is responsible for cross-organizational coordination within NIST's manufacturing research programs and with partners/stakeholders to ensure these manufacturing programs target national needs. He advises the NIST Director and NIST leadership on policy and strategy as they relate to NIST's role in driving laboratory-based manufacturing initiatives and outcomes. He represents NIST and its significant interests in diverse technical areas that together, create NIST's manufacturing portfolio.
Prior to this Mr. Kilmer was the Director of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program from 2006 to 2013. MEP is a nationwide network of centers and local resources transforming manufacturers to compete globally, supporting greater supply chain integration and providing access to technology. MEP is a $300 million public-private partnership program leveraging federal support by teaming with industry as well as state and local organizations. With over 400 manufacturing extension offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, MEP provides companies with services and access to resources that enhance growth, improve productivity, and expand capacity.
Mr. Kilmer joined the MEP program in 1993 and has been with NIST since 1974. Previously, Mr. Kilmer was the MEP Deputy Director, functioning as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer responsible for internal operations, programmatic coordination, and policy review of all activities. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Kilmer was the Deputy Division Chief of the Robot Systems Division in the NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. In this position, he was responsible for establishing and managing research programs involving real-time sensor-based control of intelligent machines. Prior to that, Mr. Kilmer was also Group Leader in the Robot Systems Division, managing research and development programs with manufacturing and military applications including robotic deburring, automated lay up of thermoplastic composites, robotic safety systems, robotic handling of munitions, and unmanned land vehicle operations.
Mr. Kilmer received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for his work focusing on the agency strategic priorities related to manufacturing, innovation and technology commercialization. He has also received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for the CommerceConnect initiative, the Silver Medal Award for leadership as the NIST MEP liaison to the interagency Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP) initiative, and the Bronze Medal Award for superior leadership of NIST's unmanned ground vehicle robotics program.
Mr. Kilmer holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
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