Ben Vickery is Group Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He previously served as Senior Technical Advisor at NIST MEP and was the Team Lead for Applied Development within NIST MEP’s Programs and Partnerships Division (PPD), where he led numerous initiatives, including Technology Collaboratives, E3 (Economy, Energy & Environment), Technology Scouting and Technology Driven Market Intelligence. Ben also served as Senior Analyst with the NIST Manufacturing Futures Group, where he focused on challenges facing U.S. manufacturers in the global economy, and was Product Line Manager for Lean Enterprise at NIST MEP. Ben received an M.S. in Public Policy, focused on Science & Technology Policy, as well as a B.S. in History, Technology & Society from the Georgia Institute of Technology.