James (Jim) Tobin

James (Jim) Tobin

Jim is an experienced, new technology development research engineer dedicated to creating pragmatic, advanced manufacturing solutions that help people and our planet.   He currently serves as the Composites and Additive Manufacturing Innovation Lead for Renewable Energy at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.  Jim is passionate about: 1) the intersection of renewable energy systems and industrial scale advanced component manufacturing science, 2) leveraging environmentally friendly recyclable thermoplastic composites to reduce waste, 3) additive manufacturing at large scale and as an enabler to bring more manufacturing back to the US, and 4) collaborating with others with passions to do great things.

Prior to joining ORNL in 2023, Jim served as a Principal Engineer for GE Renewable Energy for 12.5 years focused on advanced manufacturing and field prototype testing of large scale components for wind and hydro turbines including wind turbine blades, towers, hydro runners and many other components.  Prior to joining GE Jim held senior engineering product development/manufacturing positions at Procter & Gamble, Britax Child Safety & Specialty Manufacturing and has decades of hands-on experience developing and testing new products and manufacturing techniques.  Jim has over 50 granted US patents.  

Masters in Mechanical Engineering - The University of Texas at Austin - 1994

Thesis: Rapid Manufacture of Prototype Injection Molds using the Selective Laser Sintering Process

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Georgia Tech - 1992 (including 27 months of Cooperative Education Work experience for Motorola Inc.)