Benjamin Leever is currently the Technical Director in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Division. As Tech Director, Dr. Leever is the principal advisor on internal & external technical programs for the division, and he functions as a senior leader for the division addressing strategic planning & execution, the definition of organizational & program policy, support for the transition of technology, & establishment of appropriate partnerships with industrial customers. Until recently he also served as Government Chief Technology Officer of NextFlex, a $170M public-private partnership established to create a domestic manufacturing ecosystem in flexible hybrid electronics. Dr. Leever earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University.