Advanced science.  Applied technology.


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. 

He serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He served as the co-Chair of the 2015 United Way Volunteer of the Year (VOYA) event and as part of the Campaign Cabinet in 2016. Hamilton is currently serving on the External Advisory Committee (EAC) of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. He is also on the board of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and 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 a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Industry Advisory Board and a member of the Industry and Community Affiliates of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST). He has served as a board member of the Greater Austin Crime Commission and the Training Advisory Board for the Office of the Texas Attorney General. Hamilton reached the rank of lieutenant commander and has served as the future plans officer for the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment and as the Deputy Director for Risk Assessment for the Texas Engineers Task Force on Homeland Security. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy and a graduate of Leadership Austin.

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).