Dr. Eric J. Amis

Dr. Eric J. AmisAdvanced Manufacturing: The 21st Century Materials Design Space

Presentation Time: August 12, 2:00 - 3:30 PM


The challenges of quality, improved performance, sustainability, time to market, and also cost demand an integrated scientifically based approach to manufacturing.  Furthermore, we face new challenges and opportunities of complex geometries and systems, expanded materials options, and new manufacturing methods.  The UTC approach encompasses physics based modeling, agile manufacturing methods, integrated computational modeling, and virtual design optimization. 

Biographical Sketch:

Eric J. Amis is the Director of Physical Sciences at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), a position he has held since August of 2009. Prior to joining UTRC, he spent 15 years in leadership roles at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, including 10 years in the Polymers Division. Before joining NIST, he was on the faculty in Chemistry at the University of Southern California for 11 years. His Ph.D. in Chemistry is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

At UTRC, Dr. Amis leads a team of 140 scientists and engineers responsible for foundational corporate research and development in advanced manufacturing, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, structural integrity, applied physics, and measurement science. He has responsibility to develop external partnerships and internal technical capabilities of UTRC that are aligned with the strategic direction of United Technologies. The interests of UTC include advanced building systems through Otis and UTC Climate, Controls, and Security and aerospace through Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Sikorsky.

Dr. Amis is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society (APS), and the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He has served as chair of the Division of Polymer Physics of the APS and of the Polymer Chemistry Division of the ACS, and he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Polymer Science: Physics for 11 years. He also is past Chair of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards and was Vice President of the World Materials Research Institutes Forum. His research specialties are combinatorial and high-throughput methods for advanced materials, nanomaterial characterization, and soft matter physics. He has 150 peer-reviewed publications.

Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center provides advanced technologies, innovative thinking and disciplined research for industry leading customers in aerospace propulsion, building infrastructure, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems, and power generation. The research center serves all United Technologies Corporation business units, as well as government agencies and independent organizations. Among key research goals are sustainable technologies that positively impact the marketplace while conserving resources.