The AMNPO is directed by Mike Molnar (BSME ’85, MSMSE ’87) and staffed by representatives from federal agencies and by fellows from U.S. industry and academia. The AMNPO is charged with convening industry-led, private-public partnerships focused on manufacturing innovation and engaging U.S. universities, as well as implementing collaboration and information sharing across all federal agencies with manufacturing interests. During his 12-month assignment, Pfefferkorn will participate in launching new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes and help to facilitate information transfer from the five existing ones, among other activities.
Pfefferkorn will be on an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) at the AMNPO in Gaithersburg, Maryland, from September 2015 through August 2016. This competitive fellowship provides funds that defray the cost of moving to and living in the Washington, D.C., area for 12 months to serve in the AMNPO.
The ASME Foundation Swanson Fellowship was established in 2010 in recognition of Dr. John A. Swanson, who is internationally recognized as an authority and innovator in the application of finite elements methods to engineering. The Swanson Fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for an experienced engineer to serve in the federal government where they can apply their broad, multidisciplinary background toward solutions to technical issues.