April 23-26, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX | Exhibits April 24-26
Youngstown State University
Dr. Brett Conner is the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives and is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Youngstown State University. He is a co-founder of YSU’s Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing. Dr. Conner has research interests in additive manufacturing and 3-D printing related to: multi-material and multi-functional structures, mechanical behavior of 3D printed materials, use of 3D printing for manufacturing tooling, and economic models for additive manufacturing. Dr. Conner co-founded Freshmade 3D, a start-up for 3D printed rare and custom auto parts. Dr. Conner had fifteen years of experience in government and industry prior to joining the faculty at YSU. Dr. Conner served as an officer in the U. S. Air Force where he conducted research into materials, developed space systems technologies, and managed programs. After the Air Force, Dr. Conner was a defense contractor supporting the Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) Joint Program Office. Afterwards, Dr. Conner spent five years at the Alcoa Technical Center where he started in the Alcoa Defense organization and then moved into the Alloy Technology Division. Dr. Conner received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in physics and masters and doctorate from MIT in materials science and engineering.