Mike Molnar is the founding director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, the interagency team responsible for the Manufacturing USA program. Mike also leads the NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing and serves as co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing – the team responsible for the National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. Mike is an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and was selected for his sustained contribution to manufacturing technology and leadership in strengthening U.S. technological competitiveness. Prior to joining federal service in 2011 Mike had a successful industry career, including 25 years leading manufacturing and technology development at Cummins, a U.S. based global company that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines and power generation products.
Mike has had a breadth of experience in technology development, sustainable manufacturing, environmental policy, advanced manufacturing processes, flexible automation, precision metrology, quality systems, and capital management. He earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Manufacturing Engineer, was elected a fellow of ASME and SME, and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.