Dr. Fodran is a metallurgical and manufacturing engineer within the Manufacturing Technology Innovation group at Northrop Grumman. He has been supporting R&D efforts within the Manufacturing Technology Development as well as Advanced Materials & Presses Development organizations for the past 15 years on several aircraft platforms including F-35, F-18, B-2, T-38, as well as future air and space systems. His focus has been predominantly in the areas of additive manufacturing, structural materials fabrication and processing methods, as well as high temperature thermal protection systems. His practical experience has also been based in lunar rover metallic materials while at the NASA Jet Propulsion Facility, and his previous R&D background has been in a diverse spectrum of processes and materials including: elevated temperature aluminum based alloys and intermetallics, rapid solidification processing methods, and amorphous bulk materials for structural application. Dr. Fodran’s educational background includes completion of his undergraduate degree in Materials Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and a PhD also in Materials Science from the University of Florida.