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CSAT 2023 Hybrid Meeting:
Cold Spray in Austere Environments

06/20/2023 - 06/21/2023
DCU Center Worcester, MA

CSAT 2023 Speakers

Dr. Victor Champagne
CSAT Executive Director
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Dr. Victor Champagne Jr. is the Cold Spray Action Team Executive Director. In his 40 years of materials research and development experience, Vic has been responsible for the advancement of emerging technologies for the Department of Defense that have led to commercialization. One of his most significant achievements, was the establishment of the ARL Cold Spray Center, which he led for over twenty years, and is devoted toward research, development and implementation of Cold Spray. Currently, he is continuing to make extraordinary advances in Additive Manufacturing and the transition of technology into commercial applications.

Keynote Address & Remarks

Session 1: Advancements in Equipment, Materials & Applications

Dr. Grace Wang
WPI President
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Grace Jinliu Wang, PhD, a materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, has been selected as the 17th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and joined the university on April 3, 2023. As an esteemed materials science engineer, Dr. Grace Wang earned BS and MS degrees in polymer materials from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and a PhD in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University; she holds seven U.S. patents.

Eric Batista
Worcester City Manager
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Eric D. Batista, a native of Puerto Rico and longtime Worcester resident, is City Manager for the City of Worcester. In his current role, he serves as chief executive for the second largest city in New England with 206,000 residents and oversees a city workforce of 7,000 employees with an annual city budget of more than $700 million. 

Aaron Nardi
VRC Metal Systems
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Mr. Nardi is responsible for technology leadership within the organization, identification of emerging trends in technology and positioning VRC to take advantage of those trends.  In addition, Aaron is responsible for ensuring the technologies being developed align with the core VRC mission, business goals, and organizational strengths. Prior to VRC Aaron was the team lead for the Solid-State Additive Manufacturing Team within the Weapons and Materials Division of the US Army Research Labs.  In this role he had technical leadership for all activities underway within the lab including operations at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, at facilities which are part of ARL Northeast, and at partner laboratories within academic and industrial collaborator sites. 

Steven Camilleri
SPEE3D
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With 20 years of engineering design experience, Steve Camilleri is a multiple patent holder and was named a Finalist of Young Australian of the Year back in 1997. Steven is co-founder and chief technology officer of SPEE3D where he and his co-founder Byron Kennedy have developed a revolutionary new high speed metal printing technology. Last year, SPEE3D received the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) grant to mass produce metal 3D printed rocket engines.

Alex Finch
Titomic
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Alex Finch is passionate about cutting-edge technology and pushing the state-of-the-art in a number of fields. He was formerly the President and co-founder of Tri-D Dynamics (Tri-D), a Silicon Valley-based design and manufacturing startup applying metal additive manufacturing, including cold spray, to the fabrication of smart infrastructure. Tri-D Dynamics was acquired by Titomic Ltd. in 2021. Alex holds a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University as a GEM Fellow and a B.S. in Structural Engineering from UCSD as a Gordon Scholar.  In 2022, Finch was named a part of the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Chris Hess
NAVAIR
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Chris Hess is the program Manager at United States Air Force. Technically-minded expert experienced in developing strategic plans, collecting and analyzing data, driving the development of new programs that achieve operational goals to enhance and create opportunities for greater efficiency and outcomes. Process-oriented professional who analyzes trends to recognize problems, leading through fair and equitable meditations to resolve conflict through open communication and customer and/or team-focused conversations. 

Session 2: Powder

John Barnes
Metal Powder Works
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John Barnes is an experienced leader of complex engineering and product development, with an emphasis on strategy and developing people. The best technology goes nowhere without people and a good strategy. his roles have provided him experience in challenging times of change where he had to learn new methods of leadership to transform underperforming teams and improve the financials. John's teams have qualified the first series aerospace production metal AM parts, developed a pilot metal production facility, the Lab 22 Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Australia, implemented technology on the F-22 and F-35 and licensed technology worth in excess of $100M.

Casey Jones
ES3
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Casey Jones is a program Manager: Materials and Processes at ES3

Joe Heelan
Powders on Demand
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Joe Heelan is the Chief Executive Officer of Powders on Demand as well as the Principal Materials Engineer at Solvus Global.

Session 1: Advancements in Equipment, Materials & Applications
Session 2: Powder
Session 3: Quality Assurance / Quality Control

Session 3: Quality Assurance / Quality Control

Jussi Larjo
Oseir Ltd.
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Jussi Largo is an experienced Lead Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. He has strong competence in building research grade measurement systems for research and industrial applications. Largo has a PhD in Optical Engineering and Spectroscopy related application field.

Emily Lee
NIOSH
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Dr. Eun Gyung (Emily) Lee is a research industrial hygienist at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her research areas include generation and characterization of aerosolized particles from a flame-spraying process and mechanical manipulation of nanocomposite materials, exposure assessment and evaluation of inhalation models, and improvement of sampling and analytical strategies. 

Dr. Tim Eden 
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Anthony Naccarelli

Penn State Applied Research Lab
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Dr. Eun Gyung (Emily) Lee is a research industrial hygienist at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her research areas include generation and characterization of aerosolized particles from a flame-spraying process and mechanical manipulation of nanocomposite materials, exposure assessment and evaluation of inhalation models, and improvement of sampling and analytical strategies. 

Dr. Tim Eden is the head of the Material Science Division at the Applied Research Laboratory- Pennsylvania State University. He currently manages a broad portfolio of research and development programs. His emphasis is developing and transition materials and material processes to the Department of Defense and to industry. Dr. Eden is a recognized expert in Cold Spray technology and has developed and transitioned several applications for dimensional repair, corrosion and wear resistance and enhanced heat transfer. He is developing impact and cost models for the cold spray process. His work in materials includes corrosion, wear, and mechanical property characterization, material consolidation, functionally graded materials, ceramic and aluminum armor, failure analysis and thermomechanical processing for improved performance.

Session 4: Applications

Session 4: Applications

Issac Nault
ARL
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Issac Nault is a methodical, astute, and results-driven professional with extensive research experience in the fields of applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, and materials science. He has proven history of collaboration with cross-functional teams to achieve continuous improvement and far-reaching objectives. Nault has demonstrated ability to manage challenging research schedules while working in complex and highly-demanding environments. He verified success in finding original technical and methodological solutions. He is a Pragmatic strategist able to focus on key issues and results to meet organizational priorities and make the necessary critical decisions to see them through.

Sascha Bernhardt
Impact
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Dr. Sascha Bernhardt is the Head of Sales at the Cold Spray system manufacturer Impact Innovations. He joined Impact in 2020 and lead the company to significant growth. As an experienced International Sales Manager for machinery & plants he built-up and managed global sales and service networks in North America, Europe and Asia. Before he worked as a senior management consultant for strategy, sales and services. Sascha took his PhD in Industrial Engineering & Management at Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

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Session 5: Science & Technology

Dr. Ozan Ozdemir
Northeastern U.
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Dr. Özdemir is an academic with a background in metal additive manufacturing, compressible flows, multiphase flows, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and failure analysis. His doctoral dissertation focused on the design and efficiency of powder propulsion systems in the emerging cold spray metal additive manufacturing technology. Dr. Özdemir is currently leveraging his experience in multidisciplinary fields for the advancement of the cold spray technology as a research assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. 

Dr. Luke Brewer
U. of Alabama
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Dr. Luke N. Brewer performs research in the manufacture and repair of metallic structures. He is generally interested in processing-microstructure-mechanical property relationships in metallic alloys and ceramics.

He is currently developing cold spray deposition for additive manufacturing and repair of complex structures. He also studies residual stresses and corrosion of welded structures.

Tanaji Paul
CoIRAD FIU
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Dr. Tanaji Paul is a Research Assistant Professor at the ColRAD Laboratory, Florida International University, Miami leading research for advancement of Cold Spray and Wire Arc-based Additive Manufacturing. He is a co-inventor on 4 US Patents, Co-PI on a US federal research grant, and has established new materials testing and training infrastructure at FIU. Tanaji brings 8 years of metallurgy experience to foster partnerships with industries, national laboratories, mentor doctoral researchers, and is a co-author of 34 research articles.

Richard Thuss
TTEC
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Richard Thuss is the founder of TTEC LLC, a Virgina based company that is actively developing applications for Brittle Particle Cold Spray (BPCS) technology. Mr. Thuss is a former executive in General Electric and ITT Industries Space and Defense businesses. He has spent nearly twenty years working on NASA planetary exploration programs, including the Pioneer Venus and Galileo Jupiter Missions, and more than two decades supporting U.S. Intelligence organizations. 

Sridhar Niverty
PNNL
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Dr. Sridhar Niverty is a Materials Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His primary focus is on the development and performance testing of solid phase coating and joining methods for automotive applications. He has developed multimodal corrosion measurement systems and correlative microscopy workflows to study the degradation of materials over multiple length scales. He also specializes in the use of in situ characterization techniques to study the initiation of corrosion and stress induced damage in materials.  

Autumn joined the Solvus team in March of 2019 as Operations Coordinator and is now currently SG’s HR and Marketing Manager where she works to help showcase Solvus Global’s mission, success, and incredible team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from Keene State College in 2016 and has loved being able to apply her love for people and creativity to her role at Solvus Global. At this stage in her career, she now speaks part-Engineer, which allows her to get excited about all of the company’s new projects. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys writing for her blog, She’s Wildly Capable, spending time outdoors, and thrifting. She is also an avid reader and loves a good DIY project.

Session 6: Aerospace / Aviation

Benjamin Peterson
Honeywell
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Benjamin Peterson is a Senior Advanced Mechanical Design Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace

Benjamin Bedard
RTRC
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Benjamin Bedard has a PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. His primary focus has been microstructural investigation of aerospace-grade alloys through the use of advanced electron and ion microscopy techniques. He is currently researching cold spray of 6000-series aluminum alloys.

Sarah Galyon Dorman
SAFE Inc.
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Ms. Sarah Galyon Dorman joined the SAFE Inc team in August 2011.  She currently is the PI for all of SAFE’s government research and development programs. Her programs focus on aircraft structural certification of an additive manufacturing process (cold spray), environmental effects on cracking of modern and legacy aluminum alloys, inhibitor effects on complex environmental cracking, and engineering student development. Prior to joining SAFE, Sarah worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory studying ignition reliability and additive manufacturing for Department of Energy related applications.  Sarah also has experience with root cause failure analysis, mixed mode crack growth and environmentally assisted cracking.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in Materials Science and Engineering, followed by a Master of Science from the University of Virginia. 

Bruno Zamorano
Boeing
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Bruno Zamorano is the BR&T Metals Cold spray technology lead. He has over 17 years, of both industry and academic research experience in material science, multifunctional composite materials, testing, characterization, structural health monitoring. He is an expert in materials and components testing and characterization, data acquisition and analysis.

Hugues Francois-Saint-Cyr
Thermo Fisher
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Hugues Francois-Saint-Cyr is an Industrial Applications Enabler at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Session 7: Power & Energy

Arash Parsi
Westinghouse
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Arash Parsi is a Fellow Scientist at Westinghouse Electric Company.

Chris Smith
PNNL
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Mr. Smith’s career focus has been centered around development of new manufacturing and automation technologies.  Mr. Smith’s technology development responsibility has ranged from research development through to full commercialization.  He has been involved in technology development from the engineering level through executive management, with most responsibility at the project management level.  He has managed successful new technology developments from concept through production implementation in friction stir welding, robotics, and fusion welding.

Lee Friant
Constellation Energy
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Lee Friant is a Supervisor for Corporate Nuclear Engineering at Constellation Energy.  Lee Friant will be presenting on Mitigation of Flow Acceleration Corrosion in Nuclear Power.

Jon Tatman
EPRI
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Jonathan Tatman is the Principal Project Manager at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Session 8: Additive Manufacturing

Samuel Bedard
EWI
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Samuel Bedard is a Cold Spray Research Engineer establishing EWI’s cold spray center of excellence at our Buffalo, NY based additive manufacturing facility. He is actively working in multiple modalities of cold spray including AM, as well as manual and robotic application.

Michael Schmitt
HAMR
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Michael Schmitt is a driven material scientist focusing on developing materials and manufacturing processes for components functioning in extreme environments. He has over 11 years of experience developing and testing material systems for applications including high heat flux, hypersonics, corrosion and environmental protection, directed energy, thermal insulation, and wear/durability. His focus areas include aerospace, energy, defense, and industrial applications.

Leo Ajdelsztajn
GE
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Leo Ajdelsztajn is the senior Principal Engineer at GE Research

Session 9: Manufacturing at Point of Need

Daniel Stanley
NNSY
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Daniel Stanley is the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Supervisory Mechanical Engineer. 

Dr. Tim Eden
Penn State University
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Dr. Tim Eden is the head of the Material Science Division at the Applied Research Laboratory- Pennsylvania State University. He currently manages a broad portfolio of research and development programs. His emphasis is developing and transition materials and material processes to the Department of Defense and to industry. Dr. Eden is a recognized expert in Cold Spray technology and has developed and transitioned several applications for dimensional repair, corrosion and wear resistance and enhanced heat transfer. He is developing impact and cost models for the cold spray process. His work in materials includes corrosion, wear, and mechanical property characterization, material consolidation, functionally graded materials, ceramic and aluminum armor, failure analysis and thermomechanical processing for improved performance.

Dr. Julio Villafuerte
Centerline

Dr. Villafuerte is currently Corporate Technology Strategist at Centerline Windsor Ltd, one of North America’s premier designers and manufacturers of production automation for automotive fabrication, welding equipment, and cold spray systems. Recognized by the 2011-2016 Windsor-Essex Business Excellence Awards and 2013-2021 Canada best managed companies’ awards.

Session 5: Science & Technology
Session 6: Aerospace / Aviation
Session 7: Power & Energy
Session 8: Additive Manufacturing
Session 9: Manufacturing at Point of Need
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