Dr. Youping Gao found Castheon Inc. to advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing and industrialization. He works with DOE National Labs on fundamental AM process studies and NASA Flight Centers on AM materials and applications. Dr. Gao is a Fellow of Laser Institute of America, previously, Technical Fellow & Discipline Chief, Manufacturing Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne (Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Boeing Rocketdyne, Rockwell Rocketdyne) where he perfected AM process, made it a robust manufacturing platform where it is the first in the nation received NASA’s production certification for AM producing mission critical hardware for manned spaceflight. Now AM is part of an indispensable production process that enables low cost and fast product development and production systems. Dr, Gao has over 30 years experiences in materials and processes development, design for manufacturing, product development, manufacturing engineering, and technical consulting which covers from additive manufacturing, laser and electron beam material processing, high temperature and high pressure material processing, advanced high strength alloys development, and rocket propulsion. During his 20 years of service at Aerojet Rocketdyne, he has supported various production and development programs including AR-1, RL10, SSME/RS-25, RS-68A, MA-5A, RS-27, X-33, RS-84, IPD, J-2X, LE-X, ACPS, THAAD, EKV & RKV, F-1B, Hypersonics, CCtCAP, Bantam, XS-1, ISS, Orion, Coal Gasification, Concentrated Solar Power, and MMRTG.