AM CoE Personnel


Aaron McCandless

Senior Project Engineer

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Aaron McCandless is a Senior Project Engineer for ASTM International. His previous skills include the development and implementation of thermal-mechanical simulations, in-situ process monitoring, and prototyping with various AM processes. Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), and currently working on his Master’s degree in AM and Design from Penn State. Prior to joining ASTM, he served as an AM R&D Engineer, and an Interdisciplinary Engineer at Penn State’s Applied Research Lab, and NAVAIR, respectively. In these roles, he combined technical expertise with project management skills to drive innovative solutions to complex challenges.

AM CoE by the Numbers

With decades of experience in additive manufacturing, our team of experts is integral to our work. With team members located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, the AM CoE is able to provide agile support for global initiatives.


combined in-kind, government agency, and ASTM investment
projects initiated that will address AM standardization gaps

How can I participate?

  • Support through Research and Development

    Through the AM CoE, research priorities are identified by the top minds in the field and are matched from the start to the standards that need to be generated to ensure the resulting AM technology’s success.

  • Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization

    Consortia for Materials Data & Standardization (CMDS) enables companies of all sizes from across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem to collaborate on standardizing the best practices for materials data generation.

  • Explore On-Demand Webinars

    The webinar series provides guidance sessions on multiple and diverse topics in AM Design, Fabrication, Post-processing, Mechanical testing, Non-destructive evaluation, Applications, and Qualification and Certification.

  • Education & Workforce Development

    Comprehensive program that educates and trains the additive manufacturing workforce at all levels, while continually incorporating new advances to respond to industry needs and leverage standardization, certification, and AM CoE partner expertise.