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Richard (Chuck) Bartholomew

In 2007, the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) was created at NIST where Dr. Bartholomew is a Project Manager in the Project Management Office. He currently manages projects related to the Critical National Need Areas of Civil Infrastructure and Manufacturing. He also supports the TIP Selection Management Office, through interactions with industry sectors, universities and other Federal agencies to explore topics for future funding consideration in areas such as manufacturing, robotics, water, civil infrastructure and energy.

From to 1997 to 2007, Dr. Bartholomew was a Project Manager in the Chemistry and Life Sciences Office of the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He managed projects in intelligent control of manufacturing, condition-based maintenance, manufacturing equipment, and primary/secondary energy storage systems. His areas of technical interest include industrial/manufacturing controls, automotive, internal/external combustion engines,electric/hybrid electric vehicles, renewable energy, electric power generation, and thermodynamics. These interests have lead to working with industry to explore opportunities for technology-focused areas in Intelligent Control, Condition-Based Maintenance and Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. Other opportunities were also explored with the Glass and the Pulp, Paper and Chemical industries through collaborations with the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Industrial Technologies.

Before joining ATP in 1997, Dr. Bartholomew worked for 9 years in the Office of Technology Innovation (OTI) of Technology Services (TS) at NIST where he performed over 100 technical and commercial feasibility studies a year for innovations submitted to the Energy-Related Inventions Program, a program focusing on small businesses that was jointly administered by NIST and DOE. His areas of technical interest included, in addition to those already listed above, motors, generators and power electronics; communications equipment; and instrumentation and monitoring systems. Dr. Bartholomew's activities in OTI lead to his interaction with other agencies and programs such as the Transportation Research Board's Intelligent Vehicle Highway System, Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, US-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation, Agency for International Development and the Swedish Minister of Technology.

Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Bartholomew taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the thermal sciences and energy conversion at Michigan State University in East Lansing. His research interests included theoretical, experimental and computer simulations of fluid/structures interactions to study turbulent momentum, heat and mass transfer; and automotive aerodynamic studies for the Chrysler Challenge.

Dr. Bartholomew's education includes a Bachelor of Science (1976) in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). As an undergrad, he participated in RPI's cooperative education program with Foster Wheeler to perform design studies of steam generator/heat exchanger components for use in high temperature gas-cooled reactors. Dr. Bartholomew received his Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from RPI in 1977. His master's thesis used mass spectrometer-based techniques to determine mass diffusion coefficients for nuclear fusion reactor construction materials. He also held a Senior Reactor Operator's license for RPI's critical facility. Before moving onto his graduate work at the University of Michigan (UM) at Ann Arbor, Dr. Bartholomew worked at Argonne National Laboratory's fast breeder facility. Dr. Bartholomew's interests subsequently broadened from nuclear power to energy generation systems. As part of his graduate work at UM, Dr. Bartholomew ran experimental engines for Ford Motor Company. His thesis topic was on modeling fluid flow and combustion processes in internal combustion engines and lead to a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UM in 1982.

Dr. Bartholomew is a member of research and profession organizations including Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has also been a member of the Baltimore-Washington Venture Capital Group.


Project Manager
Project Management Office


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan

M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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