Melissa Orme, PhD belongs to that small group of engineers who have participated ‘hands-on’ in the field of Additive Manufacturing before the term or even the industry of “Additive Manufacturing” existed. Her career has been divided between academia and small business. On the academic front, she worked as a Professor at UCI for 12 years, where she rose to the rank of Full Professor. She was an early pioneer in the field of 3D printing of metallic parts resulting in 15 US patents. Her cutting-edge research on net-form manufacturing of metallic components received international recognition and numerous awards, among which include the N.S.F. Young Investigator Award and the AAUW Judith Resnick Fellowship Award. Her patented inventions relevant to 3D printing are concerned with novel AM methods with molten metal micro-droplets, novel methods of customizing the size distribution of metallic powders, and high-speed direct circuit board printing.
Melissa transitioned to Boeing from Morf3D, Inc, where she served as CTO for four years. Morf3D is a company that is focused on Additive Manufacturing of metallic components primarily for the Aerospace and Defense Industry. In that capacity she oversaw the company’s AM development programs for small lot production, which includes new material parameter development, novel AM design implementation, component validation and qualification.