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Brian P. Rice

Distinguished Research Engineer

University of Dayton Research Institute


Email: Brian Rice
Phone: 937-229-2519
Curran Place, M3355
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Brian Rice has over 30 years of experience conducting and directing research and development programs relating to the processing, characterization, and application development for advanced polymers and composites. He spent 18 years directly supporting U.S. Air Force research toward intelligent process control for composite processing, polyimides, smart skins and structures, multi-functional and nano-enhanced composites, and technology transition. Brian has led numerous projects to develop and transition technology in coordination with industry supply chains. He has led development efforts in novel composite feedstocks for additive manufacturing and pioneered application toward sustainment and maintenance of aging structures. He serves as a Technology Area Director for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation leading projects in aerospace and compressed gas storage.


  • Development and characterization of advanced composites for aerospace
  • Development and applications for nano-enhanced polymers and composites
  • Exploitation of advanced manufacturing for improved carbon and ceramic composites
  • Development of tailored fiber placement for complex structures
  • Application development for functional feedstocks in additive manufacturing
  • Low cost, rapid manufacturing of composite structures
  • Application of analytical tools to design novel composite structures
  • Integration of emergent technologies to foster new product development with industry


M.S., Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, 1990

B.S., Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1986


  • Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering
  • Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
  • AmericaMakes
  • US DRIVE, Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle Efficiency and Energy Sustainability

Selected Sponsored Programs

  • Maturation of Additive Manufacturing for Low-cost Sustainment; US Air Force/AmericaMakes
  • Maturation of Fused Deposition Modeling for Component Manufacturing; AmericaMakes
  • Hybrid Additively Manufactured Tooling for Large Composite Structures; IACMI
  • Scale-up of Next generation Nano-Enhanced Composite Materials for Longer Lasting Consumer Goods; IACMI
  • Tailored Fiber Placement for Complex Preforms; IACMI
  • Advanced Materials for Additive Manufacturing Maturation; Ohio Third Frontier
  • Hybrid Fabrics for Multifunctional Composites; Ohio Third Frontier
  • Protective Integrated Coatings for Extreme Environments; Ohio Third Frontier
  • Commercialization of Nano-Tailored Structural Composites for Energy, Transportation and Survivability, Ohio Third Frontier
  • Low Cost Manufacturing for Limited Production Composite Structures; OFRN
  • Integration of Nondestructive Evaluation into Computational Methods to Support the Digital Twin; Air Force
  • Self-Diagnosis of Damage Criticality of Fibrous Composites Based on Multifunctional Characteristics; Air Force
  • Materials Development for Multifunctional Composite Survivability Systems; Army