2020 Chair of the board
Adam Hamilton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Research Institute, one of the nation’s largest independent providers of advanced scientific and applied technology solutions. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) conducting more than $500 million of research each year, the Institute provides solutions for problems encountered from deep sea to deep space, and practically everywhere in between.
Hamilton holds an M.S. degree in Engineering and a B.S. 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. His multidisciplinary technical expertise includes engineering, science, and risk assessment. Before joining Southwest Research Institute, 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 the Institute, and specializes in national security, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental science and engineering. Prior to starting Signature Science, Hamilton was employed at Austin-based Radian Corporation.
Hamilton currently serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He is a member on the External Advisory Committee (EAC) of the University of Texas at Austin Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanic and has served on the board of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) 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 also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Industry Advisory Board (IAB), a member of the Industry and Community Affiliates (ICA) of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST), and a member of the Dee Howard Foundation Board of Directors.