John Barnes is the Founder of The Barnes Group Advisors, the leading independent consultancy and training provider in additive manufacturing. Previously, he was Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy at Arconic where he helped shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influenced future business. There he worked with Airbus to qualify the first Titanium additively manufactured parts for series production on the A350. Prior to Arconic, he was Director of the High Performance Metals Program for the CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia where he oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program. His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at Honeywell Engines where he supported gas turbine Advanced Technology and was Program Manager of Marine Engines programs and as Senior Manager for Manufacturing Exploration and Development at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for developments in advanced polymers, composites, CNT, novel titanium production and processing, AM of both polymer and metallic systems and low observable manufacturing methods. Primarily, John has a background in materials performance and processing relationships, but has led groups to develop low emission combustors, advanced polymers and low observable technology. John has 14 US or International patents and patent applications, has given numerous invited presentations and is published internationally. He is an AM Advisor to SME, was awarded Purdue University’s Outstanding Materials Engineer of the Year in 2014 and the Entrepreneur Award from the CSIRO in 2015. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and RMIT University. In 2019, America Makes made him an AM Ambassador reflecting on his contributions to the field. He also serves on the Executive Committee for America Makes. John holds a BS and an MS in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.