John A. Hopkins Announces He Will Step Down as IACMI CEO

Source: IACMI | Article | February 10, 2022 |

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (February 10, 2022) – The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) today announced that John A. Hopkins, Ph.D., will step down from his role as chief executive officer effective March 31, 2022. IACMI is one of 16 Manufacturing USA innovation institutes created to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing through large scale public-private collaboration on technology, supply chain and workforce development.

“Leading IACMI and serving the U.S. composites community has been one of the true highlights of my career. I am proud of the material and manufacturing advances our core R&D and industrial partners have made. IACMI is well positioned to drive further significant national initiatives in composites innovation and workforce development,” said Hopkins.

Hopkins became CEO of IACMI in 2017. He had previously served as senior project controls director for the institute where he managed R&D programs. IACMI, under Hopkins leadership, has built upon its strong collaborative system across the U.S. composites community that brings researchers together to advance manufacturing and applications of new composites materials.

“Under John’s leadership, IACMI has expanded its footprint and elevated the institute’s reputation nationally and internationally. His vision and guidance have provided valuable strength in partnerships, innovations, and solutions relevant to advancing composites design, manufacturing, technical innovation, and workforce solutions — all of which positions IACMI to capitalize on many opportunities in the future,” said Stacey S. Patterson, president of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF). UTRF is the sole corporate member of Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation, the non-profit organization which operates IACMI.


Patterson said a search for a new IACMI CEO is now underway and that Hopkins, who has set a high standard for innovation and creativity, will be actively involved in finding his successor.

Since 2015, IACMI has managed over 50 collaborative and industry led technical projects with greater than $150 million in research and development value. More than 15 new products are now commercially available and $400 million-plus has been invested in a broad system of open access facilities for demonstration at scale in eight states. IACMI has engaged more than 9,000 people in composites training and STEM outreach and placed more than 100 university interns with industry collaboration.


Through collaboration with industry, academia, and national laboratories, IACMI projects have demonstrated faster cycle times and lower costs for composite materials and structures, decreased carbon intensity, and increased recyclability of composites.

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