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Mark Johnson, Ph.D
Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Dept. of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
In his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union Addresses, the President called for the creation of a Nationwide Network for Manufacturing Innovation (now known as Manufacturing USA) to scale up advanced manufacturing technologies and processes. He asked Congress to authorize investment—to be matched by private and non-federal funds to create an initial network of up to 15 institutes. Over 10 years, he proposed that the Manufacturing USA network encompass 45 institutes. In the past four years, the program has established or announced nine manufacturing innovation institutes, with six more planned by 2017. These manufacturing institutes each have distinct technology focus areas but work towards a common goal to secure America’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration.
Manufacturing USA institutes focus on moving promising, early-stage research into proven capabilities ready for adoption by U.S. manufacturers. Their diverse membership includes small, mid-sized, and large manufacturers, as well as researchers from universities and Government laboratories. Through the program, industry, academia, and government partners are leveraging existing resources, collaborating, and co-investing to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization.
Mark Johnson, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Dept. of Energy. Previously, Mark served as a Program Director in the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). Here, Mark led initiatives to advance energy storage and critical materials, as well as projects in small business, advanced semiconductor, novel wind architectures, superconductors and electric machines He also served as the Industry and Innovation Program Director for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center.
Mark joins EERE on assignment from North Carolina State University, where he is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In addition to his academic career, Mark is an entrepreneur and early stage leader in Quantum Epitaxial Designs (now International Quantum Epitaxy), EPI Systems (now Veeco) and Nitronex (now GaAs Labs).
Mark has a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a Ph.D., from NC State, both in Materials Science and Engineering.