VMEC News Release – Patricia Moulton Appointed to National MEP Advisory Board


Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

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 VMEC News Release – Patricia Moulton Appointed to National MEP Advisory Board

Randolph, VT – The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) is pleased to announce that Patricia Moulton, President of Vermont Technical College (www.vtc.edu) and a member of the VMEC Advisory Board since 2014, has been appointed to a 3-year term as a member of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board.  Following a thorough selection process, Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), made Pat’s MEP Advisory Board member appointment, effective June 12, 2018.

Under the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 144-329), the national MEP Advisory Board provides the NIST Director with: (1) advice on the activities, plans, and policies of the Program; (2) assessments of the soundness of the plans and strategies of the Program; and (3) assessments of current performance against the plans of the Program.

According to VMEC Director & CEO Bob Zider, “We are thrilled that Pat will now be able to have direct impact at the national level, providing her knowledge and insights to help strengthen and grow the MEP National Network™ across America.  Pat is bringing the 15-member MEP Board many years of hands-on experience addressing rural state economic development issues, along with innovative leadership and experience in education, workforce training, and talent development in manufacturing and beyond.  Her advice and counsel will help NIST MEP and the MEP National Network™ fulfill industry’s expectations for MEP’s manufacturing support and hands-on assistance programs. By identifying and supporting proactive actions, the MEP Board will help the MEP National Network™ enable manufacturers to successfully address impacts of the many significant challenges and opportunities they face as the speed of change in business and technologies continues to accelerate across manufacturing and its supply chains.”

About VMEC: Part of the nationwide MEP National Network™ and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary Mission “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.” A local resource and trusted adviser to enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  Through the VMEC PSG business unit established in 2006, on a selected basis VMEC also brings its process, strategy and innovation experience and expertise to non-manufacturing business, non-profit, healthcare and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven Systems and Solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.