Dr. Walter G. Copan was confirmed by Congress as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director on October 5, 2017.
Dr. Copan formerly served as president and CEO of the IP Engineering Group Corporation, providing services in intellectual property, strategy and innovation. He was founding CEO and chairman of Impact Engineered Wood Corporation, an advanced materials technology company, and founding board member of Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners, fostering entrepreneurship in the Rocky Mountain West. From 2010–2013, Dr. Copan served as managing director of Technology Commercialization and Partnerships at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). From 2005–2010, Dr. Copan was executive vice president and chief technology officer at Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining CDTI, Dr. Copan had served at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as Principal Licensing Executive, Technology Transfer. He also served with the National Advisory Council to the Federal Laboratory Consortium. After earning dual BS/BA degrees in chemistry and music from Case Western Reserve University in 1975, Dr. Copan began his 28 year career with the Lubrizol Corporation. He earned a PhD in physical chemistry from Case Western in 1982. He has contributed to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Council on Competitiveness, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the United Nations on innovation, technology and economic development matters.