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Nanci Hardwick

Nanci Hardwick

MELD Manufacturing Corporation

Nanci Hardwick is CEO of MELD Manufacturing Corporation and Aeroprobe Corporation.

MELD® has changed the scale of metal additive manufacturing with its solid-state printing process. Nanci has led MELD from concept to commercialization with several awards, including Innovative Technology Winner @ RAPID + TCT.  As the inventors of additive friction stir deposition, MELD manufactures industrial printers capable of printing aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and more.

Aeroprobe provides the aerospace industry with air data systems designed to improve safety and performance of unmanned aerial vehicles. Aeroprobe also designs, manufacturers, and calibrates multi-hole probes used by engineers for design validation of turbomachinery, automobiles, and wind turbines.

Nanci was founding member and board chair of the AUVSI Ridge and Valley Chapter; board chair for Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council and the United Way; board vice-chair for OnwardNRV; founding board member of Roanoke Blacksburg Innovation Network, Virginia Tech CRC Community Impact Program, and United Way’s United in Caring Fund; board member of New River Community College Foundation and Lyric Theatre; board of directors for Virginia Manufacturers Association; volunteer for Literacy Volunteers of America.

She has received technical and business awards and been recognized by the Governor of Virginia for leadership in community and business.


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