The Effects of Advanced Additive Manufacturing on Engineering Development Cycle

1:00 – 2:00pm Tivoli Turnhalle, Track: All

Moderated by:

Dr. Michael Gazarik Vice President, Engineering Ball Aerospace

Mike Gazarik is the vice president of Engineering at Ball Aerospace, where he is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership of the organization, which includes all disciplines of engineering as well as manufacturing, test, supply chain management, facilities, IRAD and intellectual property. Prior to this position, he served as Technical Director where he worked to align Ball’s technology development with business development and growth strategies.





Daudi M.X. Barnes, Propulsion Scientist, Combustion Devices Development & Test

Daudi first applied the benefits of using additive manufacturing for space propulsion systems in 2001 by applying the then rapid prototyping SLA process to make unique test fixtures for rocket engine components. In 2007 – 2008 Daudi proposed and successfully executed a NASA contract to develop a ceramic based additively – made rocket engine injector. Currently Daudi is leading AMPT’s efforts to develop and produce commercial rockets for lunar landers that incorporate AM Inconel-718 injectors in the core of the combustion chambers.


Heidi Hostetter, Vice President of Faustson Tool

Heidi Hostetter, Vice President of Faustson Tool, has over 23 years of experience in technical sales, marketing and operations. Her expertise spans many different industries and commodities, although, for more tha

n a decade now, her business development interests have remained focused on mechanical commodities and the support/emerging manufacturing technologies that accompany this particular

industry. She has deep roots with many of the nation’s leading OEMs as well as within academia and the community. Career highlights include 2016 Manufacturer Innovation Award, 2014 Ball Platinum Supplier of the Year, White House Supply Chain roundtable discussion in 2015, 2014 Floyd King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, 2000 Datex-Omeda Sales Rep of the Year, and 1999 top-performing sales rep for Utah and Colorado. Heidi is a board member for Northern Colorado Manufacturers (NOCO). She serves on various committees and was the visionary behind what is now known today as the Adapt Center at Colorado School of Mines.


Timothy A. Bulk, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Special Aerospace Services.
He is responsible to meet the company’s strategic and growth objectives and together with the
team create an outstanding value for our customers by providing innovative, reliable and cost-effective space and launch systems that enable and enhance commercial, civil government and
defense operations. Tim is also the President of SAS International which provides aerospace systems engineering solutions to international space and demilitarization programs; and the CTO of the SAS
Manufacturing, a Colorado-based AS9100/ISO9001:2008 certified precision manufacturing company, specializing in design, precision machining, prototyping, 3D printing, and additive manufacturing.



Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein President, Elementum 3D

Bio coming soon!!






Brian Kaplun, Additive Manufacturing Laboratory Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Brian Kaplun is responsible for the production transition of additively manufactured parts for Lockheed Martin Space Systems onto a wide variety of commercial, military and government satellite payload platforms.  His laboratory has produced propellant tanks and secondary structures, polymer and metallic components, test articles and full flight parts out of a wide variety of technologies.  In the coming years he is overseeing its expansion into a full manufacturing center.




Dr. Branden Kappes, Ph.D., Co-Director of the ADAPT Center

Branden Kappes completed his Ph.D. in Computational Materials Science from
the Colorado School of Mines in 2008. From there, his research focus evolved from
atomistic simulation to the use of high throughput electronic structure (DFT)
calculations to identify new materials for lithium ion battery electrodes and new
flow battery electrolytes. This move into materials informatics has combined with
his earlier experience in metal alloy development at the University of Utah and
Idaho National Laboratory to underpin the use of materials and data informatics
to accelerate the development of metals 3D printing. He currently serves as the
Co-director of ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing
Technologies, a research center and academic-industry consortium focused on
enabling the adoption of advanced manufacturing techniques across a wide range
of industries