Rob joined the America Makes team in 2013 as the Deputy Director of Technology Development and in May 2014 was promoted to Director of Operations. In May 2017, Rob was promoted to Executive Director of America Makes. He has more than a decade of solid defense research and advanced manufacturing experience. Prior to joining America Makes, he was the Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development (MXD) group within the Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Prototyping (AMS&P) directorate of Lockheed Martin (LM) Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs (ADP). In this position, Rob was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and the application of affordable manufacturing technologies for LM Aeronautics and other LM Business Areas across the corporation.
Previously, he also served as LM Aeronautics Program Manager for the LM Corporate Engineering and Technology (CE&T) Relevancy Initiative. In this role, he was responsible for working across LM Business Areas to extend the relevancy of LM Aeronautics products and services. His primary objectives were to mature and advance technology to aid in future LM sales and new market capture opportunities that focused on existing platforms operating in Combined Warfare scenarios. Rob also held the position of LM Aeronautics Program Manager for the LM Corporate Nanotechnology Strategic Technology Thread (STT). In this role, he was responsible for defining early and continuous requirements, spanning initial concepts to technology transition of nanotechnology solutions across multiple LM Business Area programs.
Rob joined Lockheed Martin in 2003 as a systems engineer supporting the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Design Integration team. In 2005, he was nominated and selected to join the Engineering Leadership Development Program and during the three-year program, he progressed through a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, gaining valuable experience with the F-35 Wingbox Design Team, F-22 Modernization Program Office, and ADP Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Prototyping Team.
He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.