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AOE Seminar March 27, 2017

  • March 27, 2017
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 117A Surge Building
  • Mr. John E. Barnes, Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products
  • Faculty Host: Dr. Rakesh Kapania




    John Barnes is the Vice President of, Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy, Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products .  He helps shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influences future business.  ATEP is active in Titanium production and processing, powder metallurgy, additive manufacturing and final part fabrication, a vertically integrated supplier to aerospace, medical, oil and gas and other demanding applications.  Previously, he was Director of the High Performance Metal Industries Program for CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia.  There oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program’s two principal areas: Metal Production & Interface Design and Additive Manufacturing.

    His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at AlliedSignal (now 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, carbon nano tubes, novel titanium production and processing, additive manufacturing 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 3 US patents, 6 International patents pending, has more than 80 invited presentations is published internationally.  In 2014 he was awarded Purdue University’s Outstanding Materials Engineer of the Year and was given an Adjunct professorship at RMIT.  In 2015, he became an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University.  John holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.