Tarik J. Dickens, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and High-Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University, USA. Multifunctional composites (MC’s) are materials with specifically modified properties that include more than one type of enhancement or functionality. MC’s and sensors are of need for third generation composite systems that seek greater functionality in single components for mission specific task related to DoD and NASA missions. Integrating functional use in-situ provides immense advantage. He discovered microstructural detection system schemes (triboluminescence) in composite polymers and textiles during his doctoral research. His research interest include focus on cradle-to-grave production of additively manufactured composite structures/tooling and systems integration for AM performance technologies. Further interest include manufacturing of composites and advanced materials, advancing additive manufacturing, scaled energy applications, sensing techniques & non-destructive testing, composite automation techniques and reliability for life-cycle management; With development of nanostructured hybrid functional materials for mechanical toughening, energy conversion/ storage and integrated–Structural Health Monitoring with over 30+ publications (journal papers and conference proceedings). He has 3 US patent applications (awarded and pending) in the areas of advanced multifunctional composites, sensory-scaled composite manufacturing (3D-DSSC), and ubiquitous real-time structural health monitoring. In addition, he runs the Industrial Composite Engineering (ICE) lab involving sensing techniques & non-destructive testing of advanced materials at the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) for failure & reliability analysis. The emphasis on these developments are centered on the fabrication and assembly via co-additive processing and 3D printing processes. He also runs an educational and experimental research lab in additive manufacturing known as the SMART-CIM 2.0 Lab. He has graduated 4 MSIE students and currently advises 3 PhD and 1 MS student. Dr. Dickens has garnered nearly $1.3 million in funding from NSF and DOD industry.