ASME Foundation Swanson Fellowship: Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (NPO)


ASME Foundation Swanson Fellowship: Advanced Manufacturing NPO


Detailed information about the ASME Foundation Swanson Fellowship: Advanced Manufacturing is provided below.

This ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow would serve a one-year fellowship at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (NPO) hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

This professional development opportunity is open to eligible individuals from the private sector and government to serve our nation in fostering advanced manufacturing initiatives as part of a nation-wide manufacturing agenda. The Advanced Manufacturing NPO was established by the White House in 2012 to support U.S. industry in scaling-up the manufacturing of future advanced technology goods within the U.S., serving to strengthen U.S. innovation capacity and recover the U.S. taxpayer investment in early stage R&D. It does so by supporting the interagency coordination of advanced manufacturing programs, including the President's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), providing a link to the growing number of private-sector partnerships between manufacturers, universities, state and local governments, and other manufacturing-related organizations.

While at the Advanced Manufacturing NPO, Fellows will:

  • Strengthen coordination between the National Program Office and other participating organizations, including: industry, universities, state and regional authorities, federal agencies, and stakeholders of NNMI.
  • Provide alternative perspectives to strengthen the impact of advanced manufacturing programs and better leverage government and partner investments across the national landscape.
  • Strengthen the narrative that documents the role and significance of advanced manufacturing among partners, constituents and the public.
  • Engage with professionals at the intersection of advanced manufacturing and public policy to make practical contributions in federal decision-making.
  • Strengthen the understanding of federal policy and programs across stakeholder groups in advanced manufacturing.


The Advanced Manufacturing NPO is staffed by representatives from federal agencies supporting U.S. manufacturing and by Fellows from U.S. industry and academia. Participating agencies include the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, and Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and others.

Two programs currently supported by NPO include the President's proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee. At the present, the NNMI program is a growing network of the pilot Institutes to support innovation in manufacturing across the United States which is being managed by the interagency NPO. The NNMI fills a gap – the "missing middle" - between the nation's R&D, education and training activities and the deployment of technological innovations and a skilled workforce in the domestic production of goods. AMP was established by President Obama in 2011 as part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies, to create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America's global competitiveness. AMP is comprised of leaders from industry, academia, and labor and functions as a working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

The responsibilities may range from facilitating the advancement of multi-agency program development teams, to reaching out to and interfacing with industry, academia and government leaders as ambassadors of AMNPO and the federal government. As a result, the ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow may play a critical role within the "all of government" interagency team by leading, advising, and acting. Some examples of duties include:

  • Develop policies and practices that further the implementation of the President's agenda in advanced manufacturing.
  • Assist in the formation, management and operation of the NNMI network that is to be composed of each of the individual manufacturing innovation institutes.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the overall NNMI program.
  • Provide support and assist AMP in the development of recommendations.

Recruitment and Training
The Fellow would begin serving in September 2015 or January 2016, dependent upon their availability. An ASME selection committee screens applications and will notify selected candidates on February 25, 2015. Interviews with final candidates will be scheduled for April 19, 2015. After the interviews, the selection committee may tentatively match finalists with available fellowship opportunities. Selected fellows will receive offers no later than April 30, 2015.

Fellows may be required to attend a two-week orientation course in Washington, DC, in September 2015. Administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the course provides useful training and a foundation for a fellow's network that serves as both a formal and informal resource for participants throughout the fellowship year.

Financial Support of Federal Government Fellows
ASME has a limited number of stipends of $80,000 per congressional/federal government fellow. Because the stipend is not intended to be the fellow's entire financial support, the remaining salary and other costs, including benefits, must be negotiated between the fellow and his or her employer. Society members selected for congressional fellowships typically take a one-year leave of absence from their employer.

Who Should Apply
All Fellowship Applicants must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • ASME member at the time of application.

The following credentials are encouraged:

  • at least five years of professional experience;
  • advanced engineering degree;
  • professional engineer registration; and
  • public policy experience.

Program Guidelines

  • Sex, creed, race, ethnic background, and political affiliation are expressly excluded as selection criteria for fellows.
  • The fellowship does not create an employer-employee relationship with the government nor with ASME.
  • Final selection of the ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow: Advanced Manufacturing is conditional upon consent of the host government office where the fellow will be working during the fellowship year and successful completion of any necessary agreements between the host office and ASME.
  • ASME provides a stipend of $80,000, if requested. The remaining salary, moving expenses, and all other costs (including fringe benefits) must be negotiated between the fellow and his or her current employer (if applicable).
  • ASME's financial liability to the federal government fellow does not exceed the amount of any expenses approved by ASME. No person or entity shall have any claim against ASME for any other expenses, nor for the actions of the fellows.
  • The Swanson Fellow for Advanced Manufacturing shall be willing to make oral presentations and appearances at a reasonable number of ASME functions during their fellowship year. Travel expenses for such activities will be paid by ASME. Any travel must be approved in advance by the ASME.
  • Fellows are responsible for all out-of-pocket costs once they begin work in Washington; any costs they anticipate for which they wish ASME reimbursement must be approved by the ASME.
  • Fellows may be required to attend an orientation program in Washington, D.C., preceding the fellowship; his or her employer must be prepared to give the fellow this time off. The orientation program is paid by ASME.
  • Fellows must submit monthly activity reports to ASME.
  • Fellows must comply with ASME policy on conflict of interest. In addition, Fellows must comply with executive branch policies regarding conflict of interest and financial disclosure.
  • Fellows shall not discredit the integrity of the assistance rendered to the Congress, White House, or other government office by permitting improper influence by any organization nor by action that would suggest such influence.
  • Fellows must not engage in any partisan political activities during the term of appointment, including campaign activities.
  • In the event of malfeasance on the part of a fellow, as determined by the ASME Board on Government Relations, the fellowship may be suspended immediately.
  • After they have completed their term, fellows will be asked to serve as adjunct members of the ASME Board on Government Relations and encouraged to participate in the Society's public affairs activities.
  • Federal Employee's may apply for an ASME Federal Government Fellowship.
  • ASME Federal Fellows are required to relocate to Washington D.C. for one year for their fellowship.