Sr. Vice President
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Rebecca R. Taylor is currently the senior vice president for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the largest not-for-profit research and development consortium in North America focused on manufacturing. NCMS consists of more than 300 member corporations working toward the goal of improving the manufacturing competitiveness of the nation. In this capacity, she is responsible for the operation of the organization’s government efforts, for liaison with members of Congress and the Administration, oversight of all government programs, as well as overall management of the Washington, DC and Bremerton, WA offices. Until August 1991, Ms. Taylor served as an international trade analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this position, she served as a principal in the machine tool trade negotiations with the governments of Japan and Taiwan, representing the Bureau of Export Administration during the trade talks. In addition, she was the Bureau’s representative to the interagency working group on the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program for multi-lateral R&D cooperation.
In addition to serving as an officer of the NCMS, Ms. Taylor is on the board of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Manufacturing, Design and Innovation, and will join the SME Board of Directors in January, 2017. She also serves on the executive committee of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Manufacturing Division, the NASA Marshall Partnership Forum Steering Council, and the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Taylor is a member the advisory board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity at the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. She is the 2014 recipient of the STEP award, which recognizes the role of women in science, technology, engineering and production.
Trained in economics and political sciences, Ms. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. A native of Pennsylvania, Ms. Taylor resides in Washington, DC.