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 has been pioneering the use of AMT including Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) and Laser Additive Deposition (LAD) since 2004 for sustainment of Defence aircraft. 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 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 several occasions. Neil holds worldwide patents for SPD applications. In April 2019 Neil was awarded the Defence Industry Service Commendation by the Minister of Defence Industry in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the use of additive metal technologies on behalf of Australia’s defence industry and to the specific benefit of Australia’s defence capability. In 2021 Neil was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his outstanding efforts for significant service to aerospace component repair technologies.