Zack Valdez is an Advanced Manufacturing Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO). Zack received a Ph.D. in Earth, Ecological, and Environmental Sciences from Baylor University and a double B.S. from St. Mary’s University in Engineering and Physics.
Prior to joining AMNPO, Zack worked as a Manager with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He previously worked with multiple non-profits organizations in Washington D.C. encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion through civic science project management, and workforce development, including executing a variety of national K-20 programs.
During his 2017-2018 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, he provided technical guidance and policy recommendations on budgets, oil and gas exploration, green energy, and technology transfer. Zack’s interdisciplinary academic research led to an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Future Science Leaders of America Award, and multidisciplinary research opportunities with various energy companies.
At AMNPO, Zack works with federal agency staff to coordinate education and workforce development activities and strategic communications withinstitutes, federal agencies, and other Manufacturing USA stakeholders. He also advises on advanced manufacturing research and analyses, reports, and policies.