Executive Board

Aaron Stebner

Technical Director

Assistant Professor Aaron Stebner began working in manufacturing in 1995, as a summer intern for the Electric Device Corporation (Canfield, OH). Over a couple of years, he worked his way up to become a full-time Mechanical Engineer responsible for design and manufacturing of automation solutions for assembling, testing, and calibrating circuit breakers of all sizes. Following a Master’s degree at the University of Akron as a Graduate Student Research Fellow at NASA Glenn Research Center, his next role in manufacturing was as an R&D scientist for Telezygology (TZ, Inc.) in Chicago, where Stebner worked under Sigurd Nelson to establish an R&D lab and also supply chains to support manufacturing of early “Internet Of Things” technologies, especially wirelessly networked, shape memory alloy-driven locking & latching mechanisms. Stebner then went on to get a PhD at Northwestern and to post-doc at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories  of California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), where he specialized in advanced characterization and modeling of the mechanics of metals. His role as the Technical Director for ADAPT is the culmination of these academic and industry experiences, unifying his knowledge of materials mechanics, microstructures, and processing together with his engineering experiences in automation and design for manufacturing

Heidi Hostetter

Industry Board Chair

Heidi Hostetter, Vice President of Faustson Tool, has over 20 years of experience in Technical Sales, Marketing and Operations. Her expertise spans across many different industries and commodities although for more than a decade now her business development interests remain focused on mechanical commodities and the support/emerging manufacturing technologies that accompany this particular industry. She has deep roots with many of the nation’s leading OEM’s as well as Academia, and community. Career Highlights would include 2016 Manufacturer Innovation Award, 2014 Ball Platinum Supplier of the year, White House Supply Chain roundtable discussion in 2015, Floyd King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award 2014, Datex-Omeda Sales Rep of the year award 2000, Top performing Sales Rep for Utah and Colorado 1999. She sits on various different committees at this time such as, Board Member of Loveland Creator Space, Co-Chair of the MMP Youth Taskforce, MMP Legislative and Regulatory committee, OEDIT AIA Advanced Subcommittee, just to name a few.

Branden Kappes

Operations Manager

Dr. Branden Kappes is a Research Assistant Professor in the ADAPT center at the Colorado School of Mines. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Materials Science from the University of Utah in alloy development and characterization. In 2008, he completed his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in Computational Materials Science, where he studied grain boundary properties in aluminum and aluminum alloys. Since that time, his research interests have broadened to include graphene and other low-dimensional materials, lithium ion batteries, and computational techniques for high throughput examination of materials data.


Craig Brice

Technical Advisor

Craig Brice is a senior research scientist in the Engineering and Technology division within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Mr. Brice is engaged in metallic additive manufacturing and materials research and development for a variety of spaceflight applications. Mr. Brice previously worked for NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia in the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in the Advanced Development Programs, Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Brice holds a B.S. from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and a M.S. from The Ohio State University.