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Sandra DeVincent Wolf
Executive Director
CMU Manufacturing Futures Institute

Sandra DeVincent Wolf is the executive director of the CMU Manufacturing Futures Institute where she works to identify, connect, leverage, and accelerate research in manufacturing across campus and with industry and government partners to support innovation that will accelerate the path of discovery to commercialization to increase US competitiveness and drive economic development in the Pittsburgh region. She is additionally the executive director of the CMU NextManufacturing Center for additive manufacturing research where she leads the activities and partnerships of the center and its consortium. Wolf originally joined the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2015 as Director of Research Partnerships, responsible for facilitating research partnerships and the growth of new initiatives, centers and institutes, and industrial consortia. She continues to lead partnership growth in support of manufacturing at CMU.

Prior to joining CMU, Wolf spent 15 years in research, development, engineering, and management in advanced materials and manufacturing working in national laboratories, a start-up manufacturing company and large corporations. Her technical work experience was followed by over 10 years in executive management of nonprofits where she was responsible for leading initiatives from conception through implementation and assessment, internal and external communications, strategic planning and operational implementation, program management, corporate and government relations, education and outreach, and staff/volunteer engagement and development. 

Wolf is a member of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) Advanced Manufacturing, Materials and Processes Program (AMMP) Technical Advisory Board, the America Makes Executive Committee and Governance Board, the SWPA Additive Manufacturing Working Group, the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women in 3D Printing, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of ASM International. She was recently appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Convergent Manufacturing.

 

Wolf holds the S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in the same field from Case Western Reserve University while she was a NASA Fellow in residence at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Wolf was awarded the CMU College of Engineering’s 2018 Inspirational Leadership Award.