Education: BS Materials Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1985; MS Materials Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1991; Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 1997.
Applicable Experience: Dr. Dobbs worked at GE Aircraft Engines from 1987 to 1992 before going back to school to work on his Ph.D. He returned to GEAE in 1993 and remained there until 1994, when he began working at GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center. In 1997 Dr. Dobbs joined Benedict Engineering Company, Inc. (BEC). In 2015 Dr. Dobbs joined the Boeing Company in Huntsville Alabama.
While at GEAE Dr. Dobbs worked on a variety of areas including development of Ni-base superalloy sheet materials, Ni-base superalloy single crystal blade alloys and NiAl alloys. Upon joining CR&D Dr. Dobbs was involved in developing turbine blade fabrication additive manufacturing processes using EB-PVD and evaluating coatings for Ti-base materials. He supported all of the GE businesses, including Locomotives, Medical, Lighting, Power Generation and Power Distribution and Controls. At BEC, Dr. Dobbs was involved in failure analysis and fractography. Dr. Dobbs joined Boeing as the technical lead for the Metals and Ceramic group supporting both commercial and defense products. He is currently working on developing additive manufacturing processes and materials as the Chief Scientist of AM for the metals group in BR&T.
Publications and Professional Activities: – Dr. Dobbs has authored or co-authored multiple publications and given many presentations at both local and national technical meetings, as well as many administrative presentations in conjunction with his work. He holds over 20 patents on a variety of topics. He is a member of TMS, AMS, and ASTM, including many committees.