Global Ops Manufacturing Technology Development
Dr. Fodran is a metallurgical and manufacturing engineer within the Manufacturing Technology Development organization at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has been supporting Advanced Materials & Process and Manufacturing Technology R&D efforts for the past 16 years on several aircraft platforms including F-35, F-18, B-2, T-38, and future air and space systems. His focus has been predominantly in the areas of additive manufacturing, structural materials fabrication and processing methods, as well as high temperature thermal protection systems.
While at Northrop Grumman he has lead the pursuit, capture and execution of several multimillion dollar DoD, as well as internally funded, R&D programs. These programs have included development of forging and machining residual stress mitigation processes, high temperature titanium manufacturing processes, additive manufactured variability control, Ti-6Al-4V Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion materials database development, and corrosion control of structural metallic alloys for military aircraft applications. His practical experience prior to Northrop Grumman aerospace systems has been based in lunar rover metallic materials while at the NASA Jet Propulsion Facility, and his previous R&D background has been in a diverse spectrum of processes and materials including: elevated temperature aluminum based alloys and intermetallics, rapid solidification processing methods, and amorphous bulk materials for structural application.
Dr. Fodran’s educational background includes completion of his undergraduate degree in Materials Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and a Ph.D. also in Materials Science from the University of Florida.