Dave Cranmer is the Deputy Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With MEP since 1993, he has overseen extension centers, conducted research on innovation, new product and service development and deployment, supply chains, technology roadmapping, eBusiness and exporting, built a business-to-business marketing consulting practice for smaller manufacturers, established specialty consulting practices in financial access, eBusiness. technology scouting and technology-driven market intelligence (TDMI). He has also worked on the formation of technology collaboratives using TDMI and a set of business-to-business network pilot projects for the MEP System. He is the current government representative on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Devices Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee.
Dave joined NIST in November 1986, and has held positions as a scientific researcher in glass and ceramics; supervisory ceramic engineer for mechanical properties in the Ceramics Division; program analyst and senior program analyst in the Office of the Director of NIST; and Associate Director of Program Planning and Policy, Industrial Marketing Systems Manager, eBusiness Product Line Manager, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Senior Researcher and Regional Account Manager within MEP, in addition to his current position. During 1991-92, he was a Commerce Science and Technology Fellow serving as a policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Prior to joining NIST, he was a member of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation from 1984 until 1986, conducting R&D on properties of glass and ceramics for tribological and space applications, and a member of the technical staff at the Bendix Corporation's Advanced Technology Center, conducting R&D on tribological properties of ceramics for automotive and aerospace applications. Dave holds a Ph.D. and S.M., both in ceramics from M.I.T., a B.S. in ceramic science from Penn State (cum laude), and an M.B.A. from Heriot-Watt University. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and a member of Keramos and Sigma Xi. He is a co-holder of two U.S. patents, and has published over 50 papers and edited one book.