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Adam L. Hamilton

President and Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Research Institute

B.S. ASE 1985, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. ASE 1987, The University of Texas at Austin

Adam Hamilton serves as President and Chief Officer of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a non-for-profit that provides solutions for technical challenges encountered in environments from Deep Sea to Deep Space®, and practically everywhere in between.

Hamilton holds a master’s of science degree and a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, both from The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Professional Engineer since 1993. During his career, Hamilton has provided technical expertise to myriad programs in government and industry while also providing business and community leadership. His multidisciplinary technical expertise includes aerospace, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and risk assessment.

Before joining SwRI, Hamilton was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Signature Science, LLC. Signature Science, based in Austin, Texas, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of SwRI specializing in national security, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental science and engineering.

Hamilton was recently selected as the 2020 Chair-Elect of the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He also serves on the UT Austin ASE/EM External Advisory Committee and is a Life Member of Texas Exes. He serves on the UT San Antonio Development Board and the College of Sciences Advancement Council. He is a Trustee of the San Antonio Medical Foundation and a Special Trustee of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

Hamilton is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Industry and Community Affiliates of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas, and a member of the Dee Howard Foundation Board of Directors. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander and has served as the Future Plans Officer (N5) for the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment and as the Deputy Director for Risk Assessment for the Texas Engineers Task Force on Homeland Security.

Hamilton married his high school sweetheart in 1984, and the Hamiltons have three adult children. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are in-residence at the Southwest Research Institute campus in San Antonio and also maintain a residence in the Austin area.