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The NIST Innovation and Industry Services (IIS) segment is responsible for the NIST suite of external partnership programs, including the Advanced Manufacturing Office, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Economic Analysis Office, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Technology Innovation Program Office, and the Technology Partnership Office. Led by Associate Director Phillip Singerman, the areas within IIS include:
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Mike Molnar - Director
The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) manages and coordinates NIST’s portfolio of external advanced manufacturing programs and activities and serves as a liaison to U.S. industry, academia, and other government agencies. The AMO manages the recently launched NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) program. The office also provides the core staff and hosts the Interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) for the White House. Key initiatives include the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
Robert Fangmeyer - Director
The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is a national education effort that establishes and maintains the standard for organizational performance excellence, identifies role models, shares best practices, and educates individuals and organizations on the concepts and criteria for performance excellence. Operating since 1987 as part of a public-private partnership based at NIST, BPEP offers organizations of every size and sector (business, nonprofit, health care, and education) a management framework to guide their improvement and innovation efforts, performance assessment services and tools, educational resources, leadership training and executive fellows programs, annual best-practice-sharing conferences, and a community for those dedicated to helping organizations improve and excel. It also manages the nation’s only Presidential award for organizational excellence.
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Phillip Singerman – Acting Director
The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and medium sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to supply chain integration. The MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products. The MEP offers a range of effective resources to help manufacturers identify opportunities that will accelerate and strengthen their growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Technology Innovation Program
Tom Wiggins – Director
The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) currently has no funding and is undergoing an orderly shutdown. It was designed to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. TIP made competitive awards through 2011.
Technology Partnership Office
Paul Zielinski – Director
The Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) builds and sustains technology partnering activities between NIST laboratories and industries in the USA, local, state and federal agencies, and the general public. TPO enables technology transfer to promote US competitiveness through formal and informal collaborations such as Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Further, TPO coordinates Facility Use Agreements (FUAs) and manages NIST intellectual property via patents, licensing and trademarks.