Neil Matthews is the Head of Research and Technology for RUAG Australia is also the RUAG Group Technical Lead for Additive Metal Technologies (AMT).
Neil holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree and a Master of Science in Aircraft Design.
Neil has been pioneering the use of AMT including Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) (also known Cold Spray) since 2004 and more recently Laser Additive Deposition (LAD). Neil has been working closely with the Australian Defence Department, Australian and International Research and Academic institutions to have AMT restoration and enhancement of aerospace metal components and structure certified and released back to service. Neil is also working with a number of international organisations (both Defence and Commercial) on proof of concept programs.
Neil has authored/co-authored leading Journal Papers, book chapters and books and has been an invited speaker on AMTs both in Australia and internationally on a number of occasions. Neil holds worldwide patents for SPD applications. Neil is a member of the Executive Committee of the Surface Engineering for Advance Materials (SEAM) ARC, a member of RMIT University Centre of Additive Manufacture Advisory Board, a member of the Industry Advisory Committee of the Additive Manufacturing Hub and is the principal Industry participant in a number of metal additive programs such as the Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC) and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC .
In April 2019 Neil was awarded the Defence Industry Service Commendation by the Minister of Defence Industry in recognition of his outstanding achievement and dedication in the application of skills, judgement and innovation in the use of additive metal technologies on behalf of Australia’s defence industry and to the specific benefit of Australia’s defence capability.