William Grieco


RAPID Manufacturing Institute


William Grieco is CEO of The RAPID Manufacturing Institute, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) created to promote process intensification and modular process technologies. He is responsible for all of RAPID’s operations, including research and development activities, corporate governance, and compliance.

Prior to joining RAPID in July 2018, he was Vice President of Energy and Environment at Southern Research, a nonprofit research institute based in Alabama, where he transformed the business from one serving only the fossil energy sector to a boutique innovation testing, development, and consulting organization focused on reducing the environmental footprint of energy generation and chemicals production.  Earlier in his career, he served in corporate innovation and process development roles in the materials, pharmaceutical, and chemicals industries.

Grieco serves on the external advisory board for Florida Solar Energy Center.  He earned a PhD and Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology — all in chemical engineering.