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David R. Forrest, Sc.D., PE – Senior Fellow—Standards

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Dr. Forrest is Senior Fellow, Standards, at the Foresight Institute. Since October 2012 he has been Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy. From 1995-2014 he was also President of the non-profit Institute for Molecular Manufacturing.

Prior to October 2012 Dr. Forrest was a materials engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, MD. At the Navy, he was the PI for an Accelerated Insertion of Materials system sponsored by ONR, developed a 3D transient tandem-arc weld model that was used to improve toughness in steel weldments, and has simulated fully 3D temperature and stress transients for Joint Strike Fighter landings on ship deck structures. He was an evangelist for emerging technologies such as covetic materials, lightweight friction stir welding systems, and productive nanosystems.

Before joining the Navy in 2001, he spent 15 years in plant operations and research in the specialty metals industry and two years in materials technology consulting. In the early 1980's he developed processing/structure/property relationships at Bethlehem Steel to improve the toughness of large steel forgings. In the late 80's, working with Julian Szekely for his doctorate degree at MIT, he modeled and designed systems for electromagnetically-driven fluid flow. In the 1990's, he worked at Allegheny Ludlum on a wide range of problems including the application of computational thermodynamics to reduce core loss in grain-oriented silicon steel, and deformation modeling of Ti-6Al-4V pack rolling in collaboration with Paul Dawson at Cornell. In 1999, he won Allegheny Ludlum's Technical Achievement Award for developing an ultrasonic system to measure microcleanliness for quality control during steel production.

David has performed technology analysis and market analysis for both Digital Equipment Corp. and Baverstam Associates on systems ranging from molecular computers to battery sealants and optoelectronic crystals. His policy work includes an analysis of the metal industry's impact on global warming, collaborating on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, and presenting more than 20 briefings on molecular manufacturing systems, including at the National Academies and the U.S. Senate.

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