Eric Barnes Northrop Grumman Fellow, Additive Manufacturing and Emerging Programs Northrop Grumman

Eric Barnes

Eric Barnes is currently a Northrop Grumman Fellow in Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Programs. He is responsible for the Aeronautics System Sector Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technology portfolio and integration of Additive Manufacturing across Northrop Grumman Corporation. Eric has over 30 years of experience in materials, processes and Manufacturing research and development, implementation, design, and production support. Prior to his current role, Eric was the Sector Manager of Air Vehicle Materials and Processes Engineering, including materials research and development.

Eric has led the development, implementation and strategy for polymer and metallic additive manufacturing on multiple air and space programs and has received three additive manufacturing patents and has six patents pending.

Mr. Barnes has managed many DoD contracts from AFRL, DARPA, ONR, Army Research Labs and NASA in the areas of additive manufacturing, coatings, polymer composites, automation, drilling, and metals.  In addition to the aforementioned R&D programs, Eric has worked on the F/A-18 E/F, B-2, F-35, NASA Reusable Launch Vehicle, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile, Targets, among others.

Eric is active in several societies including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processes Engineering. He has also served the broader additive manufacturing community as the Northrop Grumman Governance Board representative at America Makes. Eric has participated in many government AM road mapping and strategy activities and at the request of the director of DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, performed a peer review of DOE’s Manufacturing Development Facility and their Additive Manufacturing Center. Eric was the Industry Chair of the MAI Consortium for three years and a Director/ Board member of the MAI Association for over ten years.


BS, Mechanical Engineering, CSULB

MS, Materials Science and Engineering, UCLA

Systems Engineering certificate, California Institute of Technology