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Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., President and CEO

Adam L. Hamilton, P.E. Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., President and CEO

Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., serves as president and CEO of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI®), one of the nation’s largest independent providers of advanced scientific and applied technology solutions. 

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

Previously, Hamilton was the founding president and CEO of Signature Science, LLC, in Austin, Texas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SwRI. Hamilton is currently the chairman of Signature Science. 

Hamilton is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA). He is the Immediate Past Chair (2020) of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the first president of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the University of Texas Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Hamilton serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, as well as the University of Texas at San Antonio 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 Engineers (ASME) Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Industry and Community Affiliates of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST), and a member of the Dee Howard Foundation Board of Directors.

Hamilton is certified in Homeland Security Level-V; American College of Forensic Examiners Institute; as a Firearms Instructor; Texas Commission on Law Enforcement; and Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and National Response Plan (NRP); and FEMA.  He has been awarded the Texas Outstanding Service Medal (Texas State Guard), the Corporate Achievement Award (Radian), and an Exceptional Service in the Public Interest (FBI).