Dr. Tracy Albers is the President and CTO of Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing LLC., (rp+m) a technology company focused on the unique applications of additive manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, energy and consumer markets. Dr. Albers is responsible for developing and executing the strategy for sustained profitable growth for rp+m that is focused on new and unique innovations in the additive manufacturing of metals, semi-metals, ceramics and polymers. Dr. Albers has nearly a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry as Director of Research and Development for a $1.5B global materials company. During that tenure, Tracy directed R&D and commercialization efforts for two business units, the first focused on new materials for the carbon fiber composites industry and the second focused on advanced materials for energy storage applications. Dr. Albers also led multiple initiatives that were strategically partnered with multiple National Laboratories, including Oak Ridge National Labs. Dr. Albers served on the Board of Directors for the former Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium, and has also worked with multiple technology-based non-profit organizations including local academic institutions. Dr. Albers received her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and two BS degrees in Chemistry and Exercise Physiology from Baldwin-Wallace College. Dr. Albers was recently recognized as a leader for women in manufacturing, receiving a STEP Award from the Manufacturing Institute in February 2013. In 2015, Dr. Albers was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business in their series “Who to Watch: Manufacturing”.