Dr. Andy Thomas
BSMaterials Science and Engineering, 1990
Dr. Warren “Andy” Thomas graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in 1990 with a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. During his time at NCSU, Andy was fortunate to work as an undergrad research assistant for Prof. Hayne Palmour III and Prof. Robert Davis and was named the recipient of the COE Faculty Senior Scholarship. These research opportunities stoked a passion for research and technology development. Andy earned M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Materials Science and Engineering. He has 10 years of aerospace experience at Bell Helicopter where he initially led new material development efforts and transitioned into an Engineering Management role as the Manager of Technology IRAD/CRAD Programs. In this Manager position, he oversaw all early-stage technology scouting and development for military and commercial rotorcraft.
Andy is currently serving as the Senior Director of Global R&D Operations at CoorsTek. Headquartered in Golden, CO, CoorsTek is a leading global engineered ceramics manufacturer with over 30 manufacturing facilities spread across four continents. In this role, he has responsibility for the coordination of research activities across multiple research centers in the US, Japan and Europe. Andy is married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer Cotten Thomas (BA in Business Administration, NCSU 1988) and has two children. In addition to his love for technology development and travel, Andy enjoys mentoring young people to find their niche in STEM fields.