Principal Technologist, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

John Vickers serves as the principal technologist within the area of advanced materials and manufacturing in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He also serves as the associate director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and as the manager of the NASA National Center for Advanced Manufacturing with operations in Huntsville, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. He has over 35 years of experience in materials and manufacturing — research and development, engineering, and production operations for propulsion, spacecraft, and scientific systems.

As principal technologist, he leads the nationwide NASA team to develop advanced manufacturing technology strategies to accomplish the goals of NASA’s space exploration focused missions. He represents the agency serving as the primary representative to the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing and the Subcommittee on Critical and Strategic Mineral Supply Chains. He also serves as the agency representative to the Manufacturing USA network and the Interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. He serves on the advisory board of the ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. He is a member of AIAA Digital Engineering Technical Committee. He is a co-author of the NSTC report “Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” and the recent book chapter “The Digital Twin – Mitigating Systems Complexity & Unintended Systems Emergent Behaviors.” He is a fellow of the SME (previously the Society of Manufacturing Engineers).