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Management Biographies


Michael MolnarMichael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is the founding director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, an interagency organization chartered by the White House and hosted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This interagency team works to coordinate federal activities in advanced manufacturing, and is responsible for administrative initiatives, including design and establishment of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation — industry-led institutes for accelerating scale-up of new manufacturing technologies. Molnar also leads the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Office, established to serve as liaison to industry and academia and to manage new NIST extramural programs. Prior to federal service, Molnar had an industry career of more than 25 years with leadership roles in manufacturing technology, advanced manufacturing engineering, capital planning, metrology, quality systems, automation and industrial controls. Current SME involvement includes service as SME's president and membership on the Audit, Finance and Budget Committees. Previous SME roles included two years on the SME Member Council, with a year as Member Council chair; chair of the TCN Steering Committee; chair of the Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community; chair of the Robotics Tech Group; and chair of the former Robotics International of SME (RI/SME). He often serves as a keynote or feature speaker at SME and other industrial conferences as well as local chapter events. Molnar's credentials include service as a White House Fellow and citations from the National Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was elected an SME Fellow. Molnar received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineers and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified manufacturing engineer and a certified energy manager. Member Since 1982 

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Chief Executive Officer 

Jeffrey KrauseJeffrey M. Krause joined SME as executive director and chief executive officer in December 2014, and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, while leading day-to-day operations and working closely with customers and stakeholders to enable growth. Prior to SME, Krause served as vice president of automotive aftermarket and business development for Intraco where he was responsible for the global automotive and heavy-duty aftermarket business, ensuring that key objectives are achieved related to growth, service delivery, branding and profitability. Krause began his career with General Motors in 1977 and transitioned to Delphi in 1999. He has extensive experience in many facets of the business and has served in key leadership positions, including general management, business development, sales and strategic planning at the product line and corporate levels. Krause served as vice chairman of the General Motors Foundation and has led several acquisitions and divestitures for GM and Delphi. Krause holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from Kettering University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

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Interim Managing Director of Workforce and Education

Jeannine KunzJeannine Kunz is the interim managing director of workforce and education at SME. Here, she leads a team dedicated to the ongoing education of the manufacturing workforce. Kunz is a recognized authority on professional development and training for the manufacturing community. Her vision and passion have put her at the forefront of workforce management issues — providing innovative solutions for companies, academia and individuals. Today, Kunz is focused on solving the skills crisis for advanced manufacturing. She led SME's acquisition of Tooling U, the leading provider of online training for manufacturing. Kunz also spearheaded the launch of KnowledgeEdgeSM — an online book and video resource. She is frequently asked to provide her insights at conferences, events and caucuses across the country. Kunz also offers her expertise as a regular contributor to IndustryWeek, NPR Marketplace, Gear Solutions, and many others. She recently joined the Industry Advisory Committee for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University. Kunz earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing with a concentration in economics from Eastern Michigan University and has served on EMU's Alumni Board. She is also a member of ASTD and the U.S. Tennis Association. Member Since 2008

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