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Associate Director for Innovation & Industry Services

The NIST Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services is responsible for our suite of external partnership programs, including the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, Economic Analysis Office, Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Manufacturing USA, Office of Advanced Manufacturing and the Technology Partnership Office.

acting Associate Director, Innovation & Industry Services


Ms. Carroll A. Thomas is the Acting Associate Director of Innovation and Industry Services.In this capacity, she is responsible for the NIST suite of external partnership programs, including the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, NIST technology transfer and small business innovation research awards, economic analysis, and technology innovation.

She also serves as the Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). For the past 5 years, her efforts have mainly focused on the MEP National Network™, which helps U.S. manufacturers compete globally by strengthening supply chains and helping them access new technology.  

Carroll A. Thomas' bio.

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