Brad R. Conrad, Ph.D. is the Education and Workforce Development Manager within the Partnerships and Outreach Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM). Brad received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland – College Park and a B.S. in physics with a minor in history from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Prior to NIST, Brad served as the Director of two membership societies for the American Institute of Physics: the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics and Astronomy Honor Society. There he supported a network of over 800 undergraduate physics and astronomy student groups at two-year/four-year institutions and +80,000 lifetime members. Earlier he was a tenured Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University, where his research focused on nanoelectronics, acoustics, and microscopy. Before becoming a professor, he was a National Research Council (NRC) Fellow at NIST in the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory where he studied the electrical properties of organic single crystals.
Brad has given over 200 talks at national conferences or universities and published articles on workforce skills and technical careers for undergraduates. In addition, he has served as Director/Chair for many large U.S.-based education and workforce-based conferences, served as Executive Editor for several physical science education publications, mentored over 50 research students, and served/chaired several committees for various associations. Brad has served as a committee member on the U.S. Liaison Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.
At OAM, Brad strengthens collaboration across education and workforce development initiatives for Manufacturing USA and participating U.S. government agencies and leads advanced manufacturing education and workforce development partnerships and outreach opportunities to expand awareness and engagement with industry stakeholders, educators, workers, and students.