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NextFlex Fellows

Leading the charge in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics industry

NextFlex Fellows are talented trailblazers who have helped to drive our industry forward and guide us as we grow. As groundbreaking thought leaders, we recognize them for their leadership and support.


As with all our previous Fellows, we cannot overstate the positive impact that this year’s recipients have had on the hybrid electronics community.

By staying on the cutting edge of technological advancements and career paths through Project Calls, Technical Working Groups, and Workforce Development programs, these individuals have greatly expanded the impact that advanced manufacturing has on our community and beyond.

Meet the 2023 fellows


Emily McGrath

Senior Fellow and Director of Workforce Policy

The Century Foundation

Emily recently departed her role as Director of Education and Workforce Development at NextFlex to join the Century Foundation where her span of influence has expanded to include policy development that will improve people’s lives in education, health care, and in the workplace. Happily, for us, she will focus on workforce policy for the manufacturing sector, which will enable her to continue to work with NextFlex and the other Manufacturing USA institutes across the country. Under Emily’s leadership, she expanded FlexFactor to 13 states, reached over 15,000 participants through NextFlex workforce programming, and created new education and learning programs that span K-12 to the incumbent workforce.

Zach Kiehl

Zachary Kiehl

Zachary Kiehl


Not only is Sentinel an important commercial partner with NextFlex and AFRL, but Zach also always answers the call when we need a member to help communicate to important audiences. Here are a few ways that Zach stepped up to participate in the past year: he participated on our thought leadership panel during the Workforce Development Summit at Lorain County Community College, a program supported by the White House and the Department of Labor; he presented Sentinel technology at the DoD meeting held during Innovation Days, and more recently, he participated in an interview with NextFlex for SME Magazine. Zach is not only a strong supporter, but the technology that his company is bringing to commercialization is helping to keep workers safe, both in military and industrial settings.

The 2022 Fellows

  • Massood Atashbar, Ph.D.
  • Nick Koop
  • Michael McCreary, Ph.D.
  • Lt. Col. Heath McNaughton (ret)
  • James Zunino

The 2021 Fellows

  • Doyle Edwards
  • Joey Mead, Ph.D.
  • Courtney Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Jeremy Ward, Ph.D.

The 2020 Fellows

  • Moni Dickerson, Ph.D.
  • Glenn Farris
  • Steve Gonya
  • Paul Semenza

The 2019 Fellows

  • Scott Anderson, Ph.D.
  • Craig Herndon
  • Bruce Hughes
  • Pradeep Lall, Ph.D.
  • Ben Leever, Ph.D.
  • Mike Mastropietro
  • Chris H. Stoessel, Ph.D.
  • Nancy Stoffel, Ph.D.
  • Jeff Stuart, Ph.D.
  • John Williams, Ph.D.

The 2018 Fellows

  • Jim Huang, Ph.D.
  • Joseph M. Kunze, Ph.D.
  • Terri Sandu
  • Suresh Sitaraman, Ph.D.
  • Geoffrey A. Slipher
  • Richard Vaia, Ph.D.

The 2017 Fellows

  • Azar Alizadeh, Ph.D.
  • Homer Antoniadis, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Gamota, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Hines, Ph.D.
  • Anwar Mohammed, Ph.D.
  • Mark D. Poliks, Ph.D.
  • Robert Smith, Ph.D.

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