Robert F. Thomas

Title: Vice President of Engineering
Company: A.S. Thomas, Inc.
Location: Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

Robert F. Thomas, Vice President of Engineering at A.S. Thomas, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.

A respected voice in his industry, Mr. Thomas has excelled as vice president of engineering at A.S. Thomas, Inc., an advanced technology manufacturing company, since 1975. Inspired by the work of his parents, Mr. Thomas’ mother, Eva Marie Balling, was the first PhD recipient for nuclear physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His father, Abdelnour Simon Thomas, held a PhD in mathematics and was regarded as a world expert on radar and microwave technology. Upon founding A.S. Thomas, Inc. in 1955 at the request of the U.S. Air Force Department of Scientific Research, Mr. Thomas’ parents led the company to be distinguished for designing and building the first telemetering and beacon antennas for re-entry vehicles withstanding the high temperatures of re-entry, among other accomplishments.

In his illustrious career, Mr. Thomas has been the key designer of the NUFORM System, particularly in the area of multi-axis machining of sculptured surfaces, and has served as a speaker to numerous industry seminars. Additionally, he has also developed patented machining methods and tools to allow for the high-speed machining of turbine blades to high finish in one machining pass, thus producing a significantly improved product in less time and cost than other existing methods. To remain aware of advancements in his field, he holds membership with the Association for Computing Machinery, Computer and Automated Systems Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Technical Council, National Ski Patrol, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and a Master of Arts in 1975, both in mathematics from Boston College. In 1976, he notably earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.

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