Fellow & Discipline Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
Dr. Gao is a Technical Fellow & Discipline Chief, Manufacturing Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne. He is the additive manufacturing technical lead responsible for developing and maturing the process for production implementation. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AM process is the first in the nation received NASA’s production certification for AM producing mission critical hardware for manned spaceflight. Now AM is part of an indispensable production process that enables low cost and fast product development and production systems. Dr, Gao has over 30 years experiences in materials and processes development, design for manufacturing, product development, manufacturing engineering, and technical consulting which covers from additive manufacturing, laser and electron beam material processing, high temperature and high pressure material processing, advanced high strength alloys development, and liquid rocket propulsion programs including Delta II, III, IV, Atlas, RS-25/Space Shuttle, SLS, X-33, J-2X, AR1, altitude & divert control systems, hypersonic, energy systems, and tunable laser systems.