Dr. Robert Ivester

Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Robert Ivester currently serves as the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. AMO is focused on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing, enabling vigorous domestic development of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies to reduce the energy intensity and life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.

Prior to this position, he served as the AMO Deputy Director for five years. During that time, AMO launched five Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Critical Materials Hub, and hundreds of smaller R&D and technical assistance projects across the Nation. He also worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for over 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing.

He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001. He is an SME Fellow and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received his doctorate in engineering and Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Manufacturing is a critical component of the U.S. economy, responsible for 12.5% of GDP, direct employment for over 12 million people, and close to 75% of U.S. exports of goods. The U.S. manufacturing sector, while it produces 17% of the world's manufacturing output, also represents a quarter of the country's energy consumption. On the R&D side, it is responsible for 70% of all business R&D performed (in 2010 and 2011) and nearly 60% of patent applications. As such, DOE has a vested interest in broadly applicable energy efficiency technologies for use in energy intensive manufacturing, as well as platform materials and processes for use in the manufacturing of clean energy technologies. This talk will review the Advanced Manufacturing Offices work towards at the intersection of energy dominance and manufacturing competitiveness.

Presentation: Advanced Manufacturing at the US Department of Energy

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