Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Position

Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), one of the nation’s top technological research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing.  

Position Description

The Founding Director of the Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing will have a demonstrated history of catalytic initiatives including building and leading successful interdisciplinary teams that translate discovery and innovation for the benefit of society. The founding director will develop a transformational vision for the Center that leverages existing campus resources and faculty strengths while identifying opportunities to lead Missouri S&T students and faculty to national prominence for manufacturing engineering and science.

The founding director will be recognized as an international thought leader in the broad area of manufacturing, including, but not limited to: additive manufacturing, automation toward Industry 4.0, cyber-based manufacturing, smart manufacturing, micro/nano manufacturing, intelligent and collaborative robotics, bio-manufacturing and pharmaceutical manufacturing, or related areas, and will possess the technical expertise and prior accomplishments to make Missouri S&T a world-wide leader in one or more of these areas. The founding director will hold an endowed chair, with tenure, in an academic department related to the center activities, and so must possess the academic credentials for such an appointment.

The founding director will have demonstrated evidence of establishing a vision, developing others, and building a coalition of university, industry, state and federal elements towards strategic goals in a changing environment. The founding director will build an inclusive team that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution. The founding director will have unwavering commitment to student success through exceptional instruction, research mentoring, and career placement.

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Position Reference: 35337

Screening of applications is ongoing and will continue until a candidate has been selected and recommended for appointment.

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Application Process

Interested candidates should electronically submit their application materials, consisting of:

  • A cover letter describing a vision for the position
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A leadership statement
  • Complete contact information for at least four references

Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word.

Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and participates in E-Verify.

About the Kummer College

The Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is a new College for innovation-minded students. The Kummer College encompasses technology-focused graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates, and professional micro-credentials in areas crucial to the future of technology-driven workplaces. Some degree programs currently exist, including Business and Management Systems, Engineering Management, Information Science and Technology, and Economics. Robust graduate certificates such as Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation; AI, Machine Learning, and Automation in Business; Financial Technology; and Management and Leadership currently prepare students for leadership roles in fast-changing tech industries. Innovative new degrees and emphasis areas will be developed in alignment with the vision of the donors, the founding dean, and the faculty of the Kummer College.

About the Kummer Institute

The Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development was established in October 2020 through a gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer, longtime benefactors of Missouri University of Science and Technology. The Institute will transform Missouri S&T by cultivating leadership and technological innovation; nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset; fostering expansion of academic-industry partnerships to directly address emerging needs of industry; and creating economic growth for the region. The Center for Resource Sustainability is one of four research centers made possible through the Kummers’ transformative gift. These research centers will elevate Missouri S&T’s national reputation, position Missouri S&T as a leader in their respective fields, and leverage, build and grow academic-industry-government partnerships to lead the economic transformation of the region, state and nation.

About Missouri S&T

Founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and later known as the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri S&T is celebrating its 150-year anniversary during the 2020-21 academic year. A U.S. News & World Report top-100 public national university, Missouri S&T’s rigorous, student-centered, applied education is offered to over 7,600 students, including over 1,550 master’s and Ph.D. students. Known for its engineering, computing and science programs, S&T offers 99 degrees in 40 fields of study, including business and information technology, education, and the humanities and liberal arts.

With the creation of the Kummer Institute and the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Missouri S&T is increasing its degree offerings and fields of study to expand on its base of academic excellence. Renowned for offering an outstanding return on investment to its students, with average starting salaries and mid-career salaries that are among the highest in the nation, Missouri S&T also has a strong and growing research enterprise, with ever-increasing accolades to its 400 titled faculty members. Learn more at