Phillip (Phil) Singerman, PhD is a recognized national innovator in public/private partnerships to promote economic development, job creation, and nation security through technology development, transfer and deployment.
Dr. Singerman recently stepped down from federal service after nine years as the first Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this position he led NIST’s unique national technology transfer program. In addition to coordinating the commercialization of intellectual property assets for NIST, he was responsible for inter-agency policy development/reporting on the federal government’s annual investment in intramural research and regulatory promulgation. As one of NIST’s three Associate Directors, Dr. Singerman was responsible for NIST’s suite of advanced manufacturing deployment and technical assistance programs.
Previously Dr. Singerman served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and directed the Economic Development Administration (1995- 1999) that was responsible for providing grants to distressed communities for revitalization activities such as re-use of closed military bases, research parks, business incubators, and revolving loan funds.
Dr. Singerman was the founding chief executive of two of the most successful and long-lasting state-sponsored technology-led economic development public/private partnerships, Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Partnership for Technological Innovation (1983-1995) and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (1999- 2005).
Dr. Singerman received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his PhD from Yale University, and taught at Barnard College (Columbia University), Yale University, and the Fels Center of Government (University of Pennsylvania). After graduating from College, he served in the Peace Corps as a Rural Community Promotor de Accion Comunal in Colombia, South America.