Adam Pilchak

March 3, 2017

Adam Pilchak (BS MAT SCI ’05) was named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama in January 2017.

Pilchak is one of only 102 scientists in 2017 to receive this honor, the highest bestowed by the U.S. Government to science and engineering professionals who are in the beginning stages of their research careers.

He is a native of White Lake and works as an innovative materials research engineer in the Metals Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Pilchak earned a bachelor’s degree in materials science at Michigan State University in 2005 and a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from Ohio State University in 2009. 

He began working at AFRL as a contractor immediately following his graduation. He became a government civilian in 2011 and quickly established himself as a metals expert. He became the research lead for the Metallic Materials and Processes team in the Metals Branch in 2014. 

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Story courtesy of Air Force Research Laboratory.