Phillip Singerman is the Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this capacity he is responsible for the NIST suite of external partnership programs, including the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Office of Advanced Manufacturing, NIST technology transfer, economic analysis, and small business innovation research awards.
Mr. Singerman serves as the U. S. Co-Chair of the Israel–U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation and on the U.S. – India Science & Technology Endowment Board (STEB) and the Stakeholders Council of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).
Mr. Singerman was appointed to his position in January 2011. Immediately prior to joining NIST, he was a Senior Vice President at B&D Consulting, a DC-based firm providing strategic advice and technical assistance on federal economic development programs to non-profit organizations, local governments, and universities. Previously he was a managing director of a$120 million seed stage venture fund that invested in biotechnology.
Mr. Singerman has more than 35 years of experience in tech based economic development; he was the first chief executive of two of the best known and longest lasting private-public partnerships; the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation. During the Clinton Administration he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, a Presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation.
Mr. Singerman has participated on scores of local, state, and national advisory boards and associations, including the State Science and Technology Institute(SSTI), the Technology Council of Maryland (TCM), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), NGA's Advisory Committee on Entrepreneurial Policy, and NSF's Small Business Advisory Committee. He was the 2011 recipient of IEDC's Federal Leadership in Economic Development Award.
Mr. Singerman received his B.A. from Oberlin College and holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Yale College, Barnard College (Columbia University), and the Fels Institute of Government (University of Pennsylvania). After graduating from college he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America, working in rural community development.