President Donald Trump has nominated Walter Copan, president and CEO of IP Engineering Group, to serve as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and as commerce undersecretary for standards and technology.
Copan is also a founding board member at Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners, a nonprofit organization that offers assistance services to entrepreneurs, federal laboratories and academic institutions.
He previously served as managing director of technology commercialization and partnerships at the Energy Department‘s Brookhaven National Laboratory and principal licensing executive at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
His industry career has also included time as executive vice president and chief technology officer of Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.; president of TAEUS International; and CEO and chairman of Impact Engineered Wood.
Copan spent 28 years at Lubrizol Corp. where he led research, development and business management functions.