David Erb, M.B.A.

David F. Erb Jr. is the Senior R&D Program Manager at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Erb has worked in the development of advanced materials for over 25 years creating diversified products for Aviation, Protective, and Industrial applications. His education includes an MBA as well as degrees in Industrial Technology and Metallurgy. Erb holds more than 20 US and International Patents in high performance materials, including:

  • Ballistic vests,
  • Aircraft insulations,
  • Aircraft seating

He is responsible for technical and strategic program development at the Center involving new products and markets for advanced materials. His current role includes leading the Consortium for Manufacturing Innovations in Structural Thermoplastics (CMIST), as well as the development of a Structural Thermoplastics Laboratory.

He is currently leading two programs with the US Army (NSRDEC) in the development of Organic Polymer Photovoltaic Textiles. Erb served in the USAF active and Reserve forces both Enlisted and as a Commissioned Officer with nearly 30 years of service.


M.B.A., Thomas College, 2001
B.S., Industrial Technology, University of Southern Maine, 1991