Nicole A. Santos

Additive Manufacturing Engineer

Additive Manufacturing Engineer (Cyber R&D)

As an Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Nicole Santos leads several key applied research projects to create cybersecurity solutions for the additive manufacturing workflow. Nicole has spearheaded the development and continuous improvement of an AM security monitoring capability, called BISON, to drastically increase visibility and cyber situational awareness into AM processes. Nicole works closely with clients to advance sensing techniques in non-traditional environments, such as 3D printing, to improve confidence and trust that leads to an enduring advantage.

Nicole was a member and administrator of a NATO Community of Interest Additive Manufacturing Group focused on interoperability in AM technologies and processes between NATO nations. Nicole is also the co-author of the award-winning, “Additive Manufacturing in the DoD, employing a BCA,” which examined how to perform a business case using AM. Nicole is regularly a speaker at various industry conferences and other forums, including RAPID+tct and TIPE Woman in 3D Printing.

Nicole Santos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath, UK, and is the first woman to graduate with a Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing (MEng AM) from the University of Maryland in College Park.