Adam Brand Tech Advisor and Advanced Propellant Development Lead Air Force Research Laboratory
AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
Mr. Adam Brand presently serves as the Tech Advisor and Advanced Propellant Development Lead for the Propellants Branch within the Aerospace Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Energetic Concepts from the University of Maryland. Adam began his career at the Air Force Research Laboratory in 1994 as a chemical engineer under Dr. Tommy Hawkins formulating and characterizing HCl-free solid propellants. This early effort at AFRL ultimately led to the development of the influential field of energetic ionic liquids (EILs) research. Adam has served as the PI for many programs investigating EILs for a variety of applications ranging from gas generators to explosives. His experience includes characterization and testing of novel energetic materials as well as formulation and development of both solid and liquid propellants. Mr. Brand has worked extensively in the area of salt-based monopropellant development for spacecraft applications, and is a co-inventor of the advanced liquid monopropellant, AF-M315E (ASCENT).