Benjamin Leever is currently a Senior Materials Engineer in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Soft Matter Materials Branch. His primary roles are Portfolio Lead for Airman Performance Monitoring and Government Chief Technology Officer of NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Innovation Institute. In support of AFRL’s investments in Airman Performance Monitoring & Aeromedicine, Dr. Leever determines technical strategy, manages AFRL contracts, and establishes industrial, academic, and governmental collaborations. He also leads the directorate’s Energy Integrated Product Team and respresents the directorate on numerous domestic and international power & energy and additive manufacturing working groups.
Prior to assuming his current duties, Dr. Leever led a research team focused on the development and modeling of multifunctional materials for structural power applications. Dr. Leever began his career at AFRL in the Manufacturing Technology Division, where he managed programs related to electro-optics systems. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University.