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January 16, 2019

NCDMM Congratulates Board of Director Dr. Thomas Kurfess on Appointment to Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Blairsville, Pa. — January 16, 2019. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), along with America Makes, proudly congratulates NCDMM Board of Director Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., FSME, P.E., on joining the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as its Chief Manufacturing Officer. In this position, Dr. Kurfess will support ORNL’s pioneering research in advanced manufacturing. Specifically, he will spearhead the development of new manufacturing platforms and control systems that will enable autonomous manufacturing through robotics and controls.

“It is my great pleasure to congratulate our colleague and friend, Tom, on his appointment to Chief Manufacturing Officer at ORNL,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Chief Executive Officer. “As one of the world’s leading experts in the field of digital manufacturing, cyber manufacturing and the internet of things (IoT) for manufacturing, Tom is beyond qualified to lead ORNL in this capacity. On behalf of all of us at NCDMM and America Makes, we wish him all the best in his new position.”

Since 2013, Dr. Kurfess has served on the NCDMM Board of Directors.

Prior to joining ORNL, Dr. Kurfess was a Professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, he also served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position, he had responsibility for engaging the federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. Dr. Kurfess was responsible for coordinating federal advanced manufacturing R&D, addressing issues related to technology commercialization, identifying gaps in current federal R&D in advanced manufacturing and developing strategies to address these gaps. He has served as a special consultant of the United Nations.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kurfess has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award, the 2006 SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2010 SME Education Award. He is currently serving as the immediate past president on the SME Board of Directors after serving as SME president in 2018. Dr. Kurfess joined SME in 1983, was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows and served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president.

Dr. Kurfess holds S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and an S.M. degree in electrical engineering and computer science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit americamakes.us and follow @AmericaMakes on Twitter.

About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation’s leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security. ORNL also performs other work for the Department of Energy, including isotope production, information management, and technical program management, and provides research and technical assistance to other organizations. For more information, visit ornl.gov.