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Frank W. Gayle

Dr. Frank W. Gayle is Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), an interagency team with participation from all Federal agencies involved in U.S. manufacturing.  The AMNPO reports to the Executive Office of the President and operates under the National Science and Technology Council.  The office has two priority focus areas:  1) enabling industry-led, private-public partnerships focused on manufacturing innovation and engaging U.S. universities, and 2) enabling a coordinated “whole of government” focus on advanced manufacturing initiative to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across federal agencies.

Prior to joining the AMNPO in December 2012, Dr. Gayle worked 24 years in the Metallurgy Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in positions from research metallurgist to Division Chief.  As Division Chief, he was responsible for broad support of industry needs in measurements, standards, and data in the application of metals. The primary core expertise of the division is thermodynamics and kinetics applied to phase transformations in materials, electrochemistry, magnetic and electronic materials, mechanical properties, and modeling of materials phenomena. As Chief, Dr. Gayle developed major programs in energy, microelectronics, and metals for mechanical applications, focusing on measurement needs for industry.

His personal research has covered a wide range of materials, including quasicrystals, lead-free solder, and aerospace materials ranging from the Wright Flyer to the Space Shuttle. In addition, he led the team of experts addressing steel forensics aspects of the NIST World Trade Center Investigation..

Dr. Gayle holds a Doctor of Science degree in Metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He also earned a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Materials Science from Duke University. Prior to coming to NIST, Dr. Gayle spent 11 years in industry in the field of alloy development for aerospace applications.

Major accomplishments and awards include twice winning the Department of Commerce Gold Medal (the highest award from the Department), the Duke University Paper Airplane Contest Prize, and being the only metallurgist in the world over six feet tall who can walk on his hands.

Awards and Recognition

  • Led development programs for aerospace alloy development and plant practice development.
  • Led team which developed and commercialized AA 2034.
  • Best Paper Award, TMS Annual Meeting Symposium on "Recent Progress in Lead-Free Solders and Soldering Technologies," 2001
  • National Construction Safety Team member 2002-Present
  • NIST Bronze Medal, 1990, Twin-free single crystals of superconductors
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal 2003, Lead-free Solder
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal 2005, NIST World Trade Center Investigation
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Technical Program Director, Manufacturing
Materials Science and Engineering Division

Employment History:

National Institute of Standards and Technology

2012 - present: Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office

2005 - 2012: Chief, Metallurgy Division, Material Measurement Laboratory

1999 - 2000: Analyst, Program Office, NIST Director’s Office 

1996 - 2005: Leader, Materials Structure & Characterization Group

1988 - 1996: Metallurgist, Metallurgical Processing Group

Reynolds Metals Co.
1978 - 1988: Metallurgical Engineer
Metallurgy Laboratory
Richmond, VA

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
1977 - 1978: Staff Scientist
Government Products Division
West Palm Beach, FL


Sc.D. Metallurgy,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985

M.S. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, 
Duke University,1976

B.S.E. Civil Engineering,
Duke University, 1975


Phone: 301-975-6161
Fax: 301-975-4553