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, is the keynote speaker at the 2018 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 20-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA).
Ivester's presentation is titled "Innovations in Manufacturing and Energy." As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports R&D projects, R&D consortia, and early-stage technical partnerships with national laboratories, companies, non-profits, state and local governments, and universities to bring innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to full-scale industrial use. Built upon a foundation of strong public-private partnerships, AMO is helping transition scientific innovations into energy and manufacturing dominance for the security and well-being of the U.S. and the world. By working to increase the nation's energy productivity, AMO is also helping drive private sector competitiveness in development of the next generation of manufactured goods for the U.S. economy. Areas of direct technology investment include additive manufacturing, materials for harsh service conditions, advanced materials manufacturing, and roll-to-roll processing, among others.
Prior to his current 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.