William H Peter
Director, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
Dr. William Peter is the Director of Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The MDF is U.S. DOE’s first research facility established to provide industry with affordable and convenient access to infrastructure, tools and expertise to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced manufacturing. Currently, the MDF is focused on two primary technologies, i.e., Additive Manufacturing and Carbon Fiber/Composites. The MDF is collaborating with equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, and end users to improve existing and emerging additive systems and revolutionize how products are designed and built. Dr. Peter has led groups of greater than 80 people in joining research, metal and ceramic processing, carbon fiber and composites, energy storage, separations, and additive manufacturing. He has been the principal investigator for over 20 R&D projects including research in the areas of powder metallurgy of titanium powders, the fabrication of amorphous/nanocrystalline materials, the processing of Al, Mg, and Fe-based alloys, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Peter has been author or co-author for 40 articles, and has won 4 R&D 100 Magazine awards for research in consolidation of new titanium powders, additive manufacturing of prosthetics, development of a roll mill technology, and the development of laser-fused NanoSHIELD coatings. Last year, the MDF had over 6,200 visits, 75 publications, 50 reports, 10 awards, and has reached 168 industrial partners. Dr. Peter received his B.E. from Vanderbilt University in 1996, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 2002 and 2005, respectively.