Dr. Khershed P. Cooper is a Program Director for Advanced Manufacturing Program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He directs basic research activities in advanced manufacturing, including nanomanufacturing. He is also a disciplinary program officer for the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program. He is a NSF representative for NSTC's Nano Science Engineering & Technology (NSET) Sub-committee. He contributes to the development of the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Prior to joining NSF, he was a Program Officer for the Manufacturing Science program at Office of Naval Research (ONR). Concurrently, he was a Senior Research Metallurgist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). He received his MS and PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has nearly 200 invited talks, 70 contributed presentations, 150 publications, one book and one patent. He has sponsored and participated in symposia and workshops in advanced, additive and nano manufacturing. He is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of its prestigious Burgess Memorial Award.