Director of Market Development & Applications
Fives Composites & Automated Solutions
Robert Harper began his career working as a composite’s application engineer for General Electric Aircraft Engine working on a team that developed the composite GE90 front fan blade. He has spent the past 30 years working for Fives (formerly Cincinnati Milacron, Cincinnati Machine, MAG Cincinnati). Positions he has held include: Composite Application Engineer; Senior Technical Specialist, where he worked on the development and implementation of automating composite lay-up processes for programs that include V22, F18 E/F, Premier One, Hawker Horizon, B609, F22, C17, Eurofighter, A380, 787, JSF, A350; Operations Manager, where he led the manufacturing team that was responsible for the assembly, delivery and successful execution of highly technical composites processing equipment for the aerospace industry; and, currently, Director of Market Development, where he works directly with the technical teams of OEM Aerospace Companies and Tiered Suppliers, providing technical guidance leading up to the delivery of Composite Manufacturing & Automated Systems, providing start to finish Manufacturing Solutions.