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Heidi Sheppard

Heidi Sheppard serves on the Partnership Team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) developing strategic partnerships and making connections that further MEP's mission. She is the lead for the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant, the Maker to Manufacturer initiative, the Start Up, Rural and Very Small Manufacturing firms engagement, and the current study on the Value of Industrial Design for Small Manufacturers. She seeks out new opportunities for the MEP System, makes connections and grows partnerships.

National Maker Faire and Future Makers

“What is a Manufacturing Day?” “Can I take my students to the local manufacturing plants?” “Which plants are open for public tours around here?” These

A Manufacturer's Cinderella Story

There is a growing cluster afoot and it is in East Tennessee. How do I know this? Five organizations that comprise the AMP!, the Advanced Manufacturing and