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Larry Dickinson

Founder, President & CEO

Highly motivated individual with strong technical expertise and proven leadership and management skills. Proven track record in commercial product development and in soliciting, winning and managing competititive R&D funding. Unique broad-based interdisciplinary education and experience covering all aspects of composite materials.


President & CEO  
3F, LLC, January 2005 to Present

Established this start-up company that is developing and commercializing structural fibers.

Manager Engineering & Technology  
Martin Marrietta Composites, December 2002 to December 2004

Responsible for product development, R&D, testing, design and analysis support for three business units: trailers, rail and bridges; also served as primary composite expert in matrix team environment developing large composite strutuctures.

Adjunct Assistant Professor  
NC State University - College of Textiles, August 2000 to Present

Faculty member of NC State University's Department of Textile Engineering Chemistry and Science.

Director of Product Development & Engineering  
3TEX, Inc, August 1998 to December 2002

Responsible for engineering and product development functions; developed corporate systems including product numbering, product development process and project managment; managed design development and manufacture of complex commerical scale 3D weaving machines.

Project Engineer  
Foster Miller, Inc., April 1997 to August 1998

Responsible for contract R&D, writing proposals and securing R&D funding, served as principal investigator/project manager of multiple programs.

Research Assistant  
College of William and Mary, October 1994 to April 1997

Was on educational leave of absence from Lockheed Martin Engineering & Science while completing PhD.; responsible for planning and conducting research, writing research proposals, securing R&D funding as well as composites modeling, analysis and testing.

Composite Materials Research Engineer  
Lockheed Martin Engineering & Science Co., October 1990 to October 1994

Contract research supported three different branches of NASA Langley Research Center's Materials Division; responsible for planning and conducting research, composites & polymer characterization and testing, materials development & design.

Research Assistant  
NASA Mars Mission Research Center, May 1988 to October 1990

Responsible for planning and conducting research; designed and developed patented and automated 3D weaving machine; designed and manufactured 3D woven carbon fiber preforms.


The College of William and Mary  
PhD., Applied Science, polymers concentration, Jan, 1994 to Jan, 1997

North Carolina State University  
M.S., Textile Engineering & Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 1989 to Jan, 1990

North Carolina State University  
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 1988 to Jan, 1990

North Carolina State University  
B.S., Textile Engineering, Jan, 1984 to Jan, 1988