Nanci Hardwick is CEO of MELD Manufacturing Corporation and Aeroprobe Corporation.

MELD®️ has changed the scale of metal additive manufacturing with its solid-state printing process. Nanci has led MELD®️ from a concept to commercialization with several awards, including R&D100’s most disruptive new technology worldwide and the Edison award. The company holds over two dozen patents and manufactures industrial MELD printers capable of printing aluminum, magnesium, copper, titanium, steel, and more.

Aeroprobe provides the aerospace industry with air data systems designed to improve safety and performance of unmanned aerial vehicles. Aeroprobe also designs, manufacturers, and calibrates multi-hole probes used by researchers around the world for design validation.

Nanci was founding member and board chair of the AUVSI Ridge and Valley Chapter; board chair for Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), board chair for United Way; board vice-chair for OnwardNRV; founding board member of Roanoke Blacksburg Innovation Network (RBIN), Virginia Tech CRC Community Impact Program, and United Way’s United in Caring Fund; board member of New River Community College Foundation and Lyric Theatre; volunteer adult literacy tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA).

She has received awards and been recognized by the Governor of Virginia for leadership in community and business.