Additive Manufacturing SME, Physicist, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
Mr. Adam Hicks joined the Air Force Research Laboratory in 2018 as a program manager and physicist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Division. Mr. Hicks is the government Deputy Program Manager for the Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-cost Sustainment (MAMLS) effort, and the TPOC on several recently awarded initiatives. Through MAMLS, and other related Additive Manufacturing (AM) efforts, Mr. Hicks is heavily involved with America Makes and other national institutes. Previous to joining AFRL, Mr. Hicks served as the AM Technology Development group leader at the University of Dayton Research Institute. There, he led a team of engineers performing AM research in polymer and metal AM technologies, including the MAMLS effort. Here, Mr. Hicks contributed to several advances which have been licensed to external companies selling open source AM platforms. Mr. Hicks started his career at Mound Laser and Photonics Center in 2010, performing SBIR/STTR and other directed research involving AM, as well as other laser processing technologies. Research included the use of green laser for processing copper powders, as well as the development of an open source Laser Powder Bed Fusion system for process, material, and model development. Mr. Hicks has his Masters in Physics from Miami University and a Bachelors in Physics from the University of Dayton.