Dr. Diaz has worked on the surface optimization of metal AM components using chemical-mechanical polishing techniques for the last seven years at REM Surface Engineering. During this time, Dr. Diaz has developed different processes to achieve defect-free surface finished AM build components to display optimal performance under mechanical stress. Part of his research is focused on the study and characterization of the surface texture of AM components built by different techniques, primarily powder bed methods and direct energy deposition. During his career, Agustin has been awarded with the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Welsh Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, PR-LSAMP BDP program, AGEP, NASA space grant consortium, and NIH-RISE program. He has authored 22 peer-reviewed research papers, has over 1100 citations, various patents and several books including two chapters on the surface texture, characterization of metal AM components for the aerospace industry and their implication on fatigue performance. In addition, Dr. Diaz is very active on standard committees, professional organizations, conference speakers and other broader impact activities. He is a member of the B46 Project Team 53- Surface Finish for Additive Manufacturing and B46/Project Team Pool. In addition, Dr. Diaz is the Co-Founder and Marketing Editor of the LatinX Can Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast series that talks to LatinX professionals while they share their experience about how they turned their professional dream into reality as immigrants in the United States.