Laura Ely is the Managing Director at The Barnes Global Advisors; she leads a team of industry recognized experts with over 250 years of combined AM experience in providing specialty technical and strategic solutions to solve customer problems. Laura operates at the intersection of people, technology, and strategy with a proven track record of building and enabling diverse, high performing teams. As a Metallurgical Engineer (Missouri S&T B.S. MetE ‘04), she spent the first decade of her career optimizing materials and processes ranging from rolling and annealing to friction stir welding and spin forming. However, her heart sits with Directed Energy Deposition, as she was the driving force behind an $18M CRADA with Oak Ridge National Labs and the creation of a new technology team for GKN Aerospace’s North America division. She mentors young engineers and passionately supports 3D printing and STEAM activities at her children’s grade schools.