Francisco Medina, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in the area of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and metal powder bed fusion technology. He has over twenty years of experience in AM and has educated over one thousand scientists and engineers in metals AM technology, processes, and advanced applications. He has published and contributed to over 125 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings. Additionally, he has been awarded thirteen additive manufacturing patents, with several other patents pending. Currently, Dr. Medina holds a position as Associate Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Director of Technology and Engagement at the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation and Executive Consultant HTL Japan. In his past position, Dr. Medina was Technology Leader for Additive Manufacturing (AM) and the Director of the Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) at EWI. As Technology Leader, he established the vision and goals for additive manufacturing technology at EWI and represented EWI nationally/internationally to help grow the EWI brand. Previous to EWI, Dr. Medina was a senior specialist in materials development at Arcam, stationed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he managed Arcam’s relationships and R&D activities in North America. He would work with companies such as Honeywell Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney and GE to produce and qualify AM materials. Throughout his career, his research interests have centered around additive manufacturing, with a heavy emphasis on the acceleration and advancement of the manufacturing readiness of metal AM technology. Specifically, he has focused his attention on new rapid AM alloy development, new AM strategies for material processing, material qualification, low-cost powder manufacturing, and AM education.
Dr. Medina is the former chair of the SME Additive Manufacturing Community. His professional affiliations include ASTM International, SME, MRS, SAE, and TMS.