Dr. Tracy Albers is the President and CTO of Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing LLC (rp+m). In this role she develops and executes rp+m’s business strategy, focusing on the use of additive manufacturing in a production environment for aerospace and defense applications.
Most recently, she was principal investigator on an America Makes-funded multidisciplinary project that aimed to demonstrate the first B-Basis Allowable for a thermoplastic 3D printed material. In addition to rp+m, the project’s participants included the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR), Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force Research Laboratory. The project kickstarted the eventual adoption of process specifications that standardizes the methodology for printing high quality production parts, thus opening AM technology to uses beyond prototyping. For their work, the project team was recognized at the 2019 Defense Manufacturing Conference with a Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award.
Dr. Albers currently serves on the Steering Committee for Team NEO’s Additive Manufacturing Cluster and the RAPID/TCT Advisory Committee for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She speaks regularly at advocacy events—locally and nationally—and has led large collaborative partnerships with both government and private innovators. Dr. Albers has been recognized for her leadership in technology by Crain’s Cleveland Business in “Who to Watch: Manufacturing” and as a distinguished “Top 40 Under 40.” She has been profiled by the women’s advocacy group, “Women in 3D-Printing.” Dr. Albers has a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry and two BS degrees in Chemistry and Exercise Physiology.