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Expert in Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering

Expert ID: 736480 Idaho, USA

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Innovative fast thinking PhD metallurgist with > 30 years experience actively solving complex materials related technical issues.

Intellectual property, nanostructured materials, amorphous materials, metallic glass, rare earth elements, rare earth permanent magnets, neutron absorber materials, nuclear waste storage, steels, advanced high strength steels, failure analysis, continuous casting, thin strip casting, thin slab casting, minimills, thick slab casting, coil processing, hot rolling, cold rolling, annealing, heat treating, coating, galvanization, Gas atomization, water atomization, centrifugal atomization, hardfacing, plasma coating, HVOF coating, PTAW coating, OAW, GMAW, MIG, weld overlay wear plate, melt overflow, Taylor-Ulitovsky, planar flow casting

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Idaho Falls, ID - Blackfoot, ID - Rexburg, ID - West Yellowstone, MT

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: PhD Subject: Metallurgy Institution: Iowa State University
Year: 1990 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: Michigan Technological University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Technology Officer and Founder Department: Responsibilities: • Company founder and experienced executive
o Visionary and creator resulting in formation of a paradigm changing company
o Technical guru guiding breakthroughs and overcoming scientific and technology hurdles
• Commercial leader working with partners (~1000 under NDA) to commercialize nanotechnology
o Executive ambassador helping to obtain VC funding while leading technical due diligence
o Scientific expert promoting company's science / technology in journals, conferences, and symposiums
• Primary research director for all research related to bulk materials technology
O Surface Technology; technological progression to develop high hardness / extreme wear resistant nanocomposite coatings from thin thermal spray to thick weld overlay wear plate
 PVD, plasma, HVOF, wire-arc spray, GMAW, PTAW, OAW, SAW
O Thin Monolithic Technology; Innovative discoveries leading to tensile elongation in metallic matrix materials and development into industrial fibers, microwires, and foil products
 Melt overflow, Taylor-Ulitovsky, planar flow casting
O Thick Monolithic Technology; Breakthrough development of a new class of nanostructured 3rd Generation AHSS commercially produced through existing continuous casting processes
 Thin strip (twin roll), thin slab (minimill) casting, thick slab casting
 Casting, slab reheating, roughing \ finishing hot rolling, cold rolling, annealing, coating
• Primary lead in Intellectual Property directing research for discovery, novelty, and inventive step
o Identified, discovered, and filed on new enabling mechanisms from focused scientific discovery
o Directed, wrote, reviewed, and produced drafts of all new provisional / formal patent applications
o Worked with patent council to provide defenses / arguments for patent office actions
o Developed arguments / strategies to get over any identified prior art to get substantial granted claims
o Reviewed all publications, external documents, and external releases for potential IP conflict
o Represented company as a technical witness on patent trials
• Managed and directed company's research and product development
o Internal research to develop industrial producible products and next generation nanomaterials
o Govt. projects including DARPA & DOE programs involving advanced material development
o Industry sponsored programs to solve compelling existing commercial needs
o Laboratory physical simulation and modeling of all key aspects of commercial production
o Partner qualification to secure and develop commercial materials and global supply
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: External Advisory Board Member Department: Responsibilities: • Provide support and advice to the College of Engineering on emerging technological trends
• Evaluate long range plan and assist Dean on College of Engineering goals and focal areas
• Join task forces to address key problem areas / challenges for the University
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Industrial Advisory Board Member Department: Responsibilities: • Advise MS&E Department on research focus areas and sources of external funding
• Evaluate long range plan and help determine Departmental goals and focus
• Serve as advocate for the Department to academia, industry, and the scientific community

Years: 2010 to 2013 Employer: Iowa State University Title: Industrial Advisory Board Member Department: Responsibilities: • Advise MS&E Department on emerging technological trends
• Evaluate research capabilities, class curricula, and equipment and long range plan
• Serve as advocate for the Department to academia, industry, and the scientific community
Years: 1997 to 2002 Employer: Idaho National Laboratory USDOE Title: Staff Scientist Department: Responsibilities: • Principal scientist directing advanced research in bulk materials nanotechnology
• Wrote proposals and received government sponsored funding in multiple areas including;
o USDOE DOE Basic Energy Science programs on high energy density magnetic materials
o USDOE Spent Nuclear Fuel programs on advanced neutron absorbing materials
o USDOD DARPA programs related to amorphous and nanoscale steel materials
o USDOD NavAir project to develop next generation jet engines
Years: 1997 to 2001 Employer: University of Idaho Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Responsibilities: • Taught undergraduate level metallurgy classes
• Advised students on career choices and decisions on future classes
Years: 1995 to 2002 Employer: Ames Laboratory USDOE Title: DOE Associate Scientist Department: Responsibilities: • Maintained frequent collaborations with on-site visits and collaborative material studies
• Performed detailed DOE experiments related to structure property processing of magnetic materials
• Interfaced with key USDOE BES Synthesis and Processing Center Programs
Years: 1995 to 1996 Employer: Idaho National Laboratory USDOE Title: AWU DOE Post Doctoral Fellowship Department: Responsibilities: • Performed research on permanent magnet materials including a wide variety of rare earth based alloys
• Developed core technology for basis of successful spin-off Company; GA Powders

Years: 1991 to 1995 Employer: Ames Laboratory USDOE Title: Graduate Research Assistant Department: Responsibilities: • Studied key structure property relationships in high energy density permanent magnets
• Developed new metallurgical alloying approaches toward alloying in rare earth systems
• Discovered vast improvements achieved in glass forming agility / processing windows
• Achieved enhancements in microstructural uniformity and superior magnetic properties
Years: 1990 to 1990 Employer: Oy Tampella Ab Title: Power Recovery Boiler Welding Inspector and Lab Assistant Department: Responsibilities: • Inspected power recovery boiler heat exchange systems for welding defects
• Assisted in welder certification training
• Studied ductile cast iron including graphite nodularity and performed tensile studies on castings

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1995 to 1999 Agency: USDOE Role: Post-Doc and Staff Scientist Description: Team / group leader related to basic materials nanotechnology research
Years: 1991 to 1999 Agency: Ames Laboratory USDOE Role: Graduate Research Assistant and DOE Associate Scientist Description: Research focused on high energy density permanent magnets

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1990 to 1990 Country / Region: Finland Summary: Power recovery boiler welding inspector and lab assistant

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Appointments
External Advisory Board Member - Michigan Technological University
Industrial Advisory Board Member - Boise State University
Industrial Advisory Board Member - Iowa State University
Awards / Recognition
Alpha Sigma Mu Fellow Award from Alpha Sigma Mu which is the international professional honor society for the field of materials science and engineering.
SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for an “Outstanding Presentation during the WCX™ 17: SAE World Congress”.
Sydney H. Melbourne Award from Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for “Excellence in the Advancement of Automotive Sheet Steel”.
R&D 100 Award for “New Class of High Strength Nanostructured Stainless Steel for Large Scale Industrial Components”.
R&D 100 Award for “Development of Hardmetal Alternative Wear Plate Technology”.
R&D 100 Award for “Development of “Hardmetal Alternative Technology”.
INL Lifetime Achievement Award for Inventorship, Idaho National Laboratory USDOE.
Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University.
Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer awarded by US Department of Energy Office of Science.
Spring Commencement Address Speaker, Michigan Technological University, 900+ graduates.
R&D 100 Award for Development of “Revolutionary Nanocomposite Coatings For High Performance Industrial Applications From Low Cost Wire Feedstock”.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award at Michigan Technological University.
Forbes Special Anniversary Big Ideas Issue, was recognized as “One of the important innovators of our time, one of 15 people who will reinvent the future”.
TR100 Award for selection by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as one of the top 100 "brilliant young innovators" in the world under age 35 whose work will have "a deep impact on how we live, work, and think in the century to come".
Decades of Discovery, Explaining and Applying Magnetism, Major BES Discovery, Top 28 “major accomplishment” of Basic Energy Science division of the USDOE Office of Science.
Technology Advance presented to the 107th Congress for National Lab research leading to discovery of Super Hard Steel.
R&D 100 Award for Development of “Super Hard Steel Coatings”.
TMS (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society) Young Leader in the Electronic, Magnetic, and Photonic Materials Division.
Top Performance Award, “For Your Outstanding Contributions to Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies”.
"Great Advances in Scientific Discovery" nominated by The Science Coalition and presented to the 105th Congress for research on rare earth permanent magnets.
Top Performance Award, “For Your Outstanding Contributions to Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies”.
R&D 100 Award for Development of “Nanocrystalline Composite Coercive Magnet Powder”.
Lockheed Martin LEAP Award for “Development and application of advanced alloys with a nanocrystalline composite microstructure”.
Lockheed Martin LEAP Award for “Your outstanding research culminating in the significant implication for department of energy related technologies in metallurgy and ceramics award”.
BES (Basic Energy Science) Materials Sciences Award for “Significant Implication For Department of Energy Related Technologies”.
Publications and Patents Summary
His constant unwavering focus on innovation, led to extensive invention with~325 patent applications filed and with over 230 of these already granted / issued worldwide. Scientific and technical thought leadership was continually demonstrated with ~80 formal publications, ~90 technical talks at professional conferences, and 5 symposiums organized at technical conferences.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He was an expert witness on three different EPO IP hearings in Munich Germany. This was related to filed IP and he was the lone expert witness defending novelty and inventive step in the oral / appeal proceeding. Following is a list of EPO hearings attended as an expert witness.
o EPO Oral Hearings, Munich Germany, 2007.
o EPO Appeal Proceedings, Munich Germany, 2009.
o EPO Appeal Proceedings, Munich Germany, 2010.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Expert

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