Roger D. Kilmer has been appointed director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since 1993, Kilmer has been deputy director of MEP, responsible for internal operations, program coordination and policy review of all MEP activities. Kilmer started his career at NIST in 1974 in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. Prior to coming to MEP, he was deputy division chief of robot systems, managing research programs involving real-time sensor-based control of intelligent machines. Kilmer received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal (1995) for leadership as the NIST MEP liaison to the interagency Technology Reinvestment Project initiative and the Bronze Medal (1992) for leadership of NIST's unmanned ground vehicle robotics program. Kilmer holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
MEP is a nationwide network of resources that helps smaller manufacturers compete globally, supports greater supply chain integration and provides access to technology for improved productivity. For more information on MEP, see www.nist.gov/mep/about/leadership-bios.cfm.