U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Chief Scientist Tours NanoMech’s Factories and Laboratories
Springdale, Ark. – August 1, 2014. Today, the Chief Scientist for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Dr. Timothy Persons visited Northwest Arkansas to meet with NanoMech and tour their facilities in Springdale and Fayetteville. At the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Dr. Persons led a strategic forum on nanomanufacturing to explore participants’ views concerning
: 1) the anticipated scope of future nanomanufacturing developments and related effects; 2) U.S. investments and competitiveness in nanotechnology R&D; 3) options for enhancing U.S. nanomanufacturing competitiveness; and 4) issues in addressing the environmental, health, and safety implications of nanomanufacturing. As a result of key input from expert forum participants, which included NanoMech Chairman & CEO Jim Phillips, the GAO published a 2014 report titled Nanomanufacturing: Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health (GAO-14-181SP). Dr. Persons also wrote an Op-Ed for Scientific American titled Does the American Innovation System Need a Reboot? (A link to the full report can be found here.)
Dr. Persons visited NanoMech’s advanced nanomanufacturing plant and laboratories, including a tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. expansion that is underway and due for completion in September.