Dr. Robert W. Ivester, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, has been named the keynote speaker at the 2018 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 20-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA).
AMO is focused on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing, enabling vigorous domestic development of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies to reduce the energy intensity and life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.
Prior to this position, Ivester served as the AMO Deputy Director for five years. During that time, AMO launched five Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Critical Materials Hub, and hundreds of smaller R&D and technical assistance projects across the nation. He also worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for over 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing.
Since 2001, Ivester has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering. He is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and received his doctorate in engineering, master of science in manufacturing engineering and bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.