America Makes Welcomes ASME and Army Fellows

February 10, 2015 | Categories: America Makes News

Youngstown, Ohio — February 10, 2015. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is pleased to welcome both Ms. Maureen Fang and Mr. Matt Clemente, as Fellows from ASME and the U.S. Army, respectively, as they begin their year-long tenures with the Institute.

“On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we are excited to have Maureen and Matt join our team,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Director of Operations. “We expect both Maureen and Matt to make solid contributions as they work to support the mission of America Makes during their tenure.”

Ms. Fang joins America Makes as the first ASME NNMI Fellow. The idea for the Fellowship transpired last spring when ASME approached America Makes about establishing a Fellowship at the Institute. ASME concluded that a Fellowship at America Makes would provide an invaluable, one-of-a kind experience in additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, citing the Institute’s dedication to provide AM education and training to create an adaptive, leading workforce; its structure as public-private partnership; and its status as the first Institute for the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure as primary determinates.

Ms. Fang applied and was selected for the ASME NNMI Fellowship at America Makes based on her impressive academic and research achievements, industrial experience, and leadership qualities. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate, pursuing her doctoral degree in engineering technology at Purdue University College of Technology, where she is also a lecturer and lab instructor. Ms. Fang brings seven years of industrial experience, working at Pratt and Whitney as design engineer and manufacturing engineer.

As ASME Advance Manufacturing Fellow, Ms. Fang is tasked with providing scientific, technical, curricular and intellectual leadership, and analytical support, contributing to the advancement of the Institute’s goals, particularly as they apply to workforce and development and educational outreach.

“First, all of us at America Makes are honored to have the support of ASME in establishing the ASME NNMI Fellowship,” said Mike Hripko, Deputy Director of Workforce and Education Outreach. “Second, I am delighted that the ASME Fellowship Application process has yielded the caliber of candidate it has in Maureen. Since starting in January, she has already provided significant value to the Workforce and Educational Outreach Directorate. In particular, Maureen has begun to form a framework for documenting manufacturing certifications and the role of our professional organization partners.”

As for Mr. Clemente, he was assigned to America Makes by the U.S. Army to support the Institute’s efforts to validate high-priority AM and 3D printing materials and processes that are of interest to the Army and relevant to the broader America Makes community.

“Matt possesses extensive experience in AM and advanced manufacturing research and development along with ‘boots on the ground’ experience that is critical in aiding on how the Institute lays out data capture schemas,” said Mr. Gorham. “Because of his work experience and technical capability combined with his assignment to America Makes, we decided to make him an America Makes Fellow.”

Specifically, Mr. Clemente is tasked with investigating and qualifying 4340 stainless steel for use in the selective laser melting (SLM) AM process. Mr. Clemente is also expected to work closely with the Standards & Schema Advisory Group, which is responsible for ensuring AM project data within America Makes maintains pedigree expectations for its membership community through a defined data capture architecture.

For the last seven years, Mr. Clemente has worked as a mechanical engineer and machinist at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal, which is the Department of Defense’s Joint Center of Excellence for Armaments and Munitions that provides products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. Mr. Clemente also completed a four-month rotational assignment as a mechanical engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. From 2009 through 2011, he served in the Peace Corps as a water and sanitation volunteer in West Africa. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from The College of New Jersey.


About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information, visit