Meet the Team

The QuesTek team is comprised of experts in the field of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) who have demonstrated the ability to design the world’s highest performance materials and quickly deploy them in the most demanding applications. QuesTek has experience across a wide range of alloy and material systems (e.g., Al, Ti, Cu, Ni, Co, Mo, W, Nb, Ta, high entropy alloys, metallic materials tailored for additive manufacturing and ceramic coatings) and a diverse mix of industries. See below to learn more about our specific areas of expertise.

QuesTek is professionally managed and our Board of Directors consists of industry leaders and innovators who are making profound impacts in their respective fields. Click here to learn more.

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Aziz Asphahani, Ph.D.

Chairman and CEO

Ensures sustained profitable growth through leveraging core competencies in novel Materials by Design® based on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering technologies.

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Ida Berglund, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer

Works with alloy design and assessment, from concept development and evaluation to process- and structure-property modeling. Tactical lead in QuesTek strategic growth in the EU.

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Voula Colburn, MBA

Contract Specialist

Oversees financial reporting, accounting, billing, payroll and banking relationships, as well as the development of internal controls for intellectual property and accounting.

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Jeff Doak, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer

Develops ICME models, tools, and software, and applies them to design new materials and asses material performance. Manages material design and modeling from concept to design.

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Dana Frankel, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer

Focuses on ICME-based alloy design through development of process-structure-property models, advanced material characterization, and utilization of specialized CALPHAD tools.

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Ray Genellie, M.S.

Vice Chairman and COO

Ray is a co-founder of QuesTek and member of the board.

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Jiadong Gong, Ph.D.

Technical Fellow

Principal expert and lead on QuesTek’s unique Materials by Design methodologies and associated core technologies.

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Jeff Grabowski, M.S.

Manager of Business Development

Leads growth initiatives for QuesTek’s ICME-designed Ferrium steels. Develops and engages commercialization strategies of new alloys with material producers and licensees.

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Nick Hatcher, Ph.D.

Manager of Operations

Nick has oversight responsibility for the company’s operations and for the management of its intellectual property portfolio.

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Clay Houser

Materials Engineer

Provides metallurgical and manufacturing support for alloy producers and OEMs who are adopting QuesTek alloys, and manages applications-based material development projects for the government and industry.

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Christopher Kern

Manager of Applications and Deployment

Ensures successful transition of QuesTek alloys from prototypes to commercial production, and helps OEMs manufacture components using QuesTek alloys at prototype and production-scale.

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Ricardo K. Komai, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer

Applies systems approach for Materials by Design® methodologies and creates and utilizes ICME tools. Expert in materials design, thermodynamic modeling, and property modeling.

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Thomas Kozmel, Ph.D.

Materials Development Engineer

Leads advanced experimental characterization efforts used in QuesTek’s alloy design and modeling projects. Expert in materials characterization and microstructural process modeling.

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Victoria Logothetis

Accountant

Responsible for general accounting, financial reporting, and all human resources functions.

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Pin Lu, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer

Develops and utilizes materials design models for corrosion- and oxidation-specific innovation and design challenges.

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Greg Olson, Sc.D.

Chief Science Officer

Co-founder of QuesTek and member of the board, he oversees application of the systematic, science-based approach for all alloy modeling and design projects, and the vision to expanding ICME to new markets.

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James Saal, Ph.D.

Manager of Technology

Manager of QuesTek’s “Technology Group” focusing on the entire spectrum of commercial- and government-sponsored alloy modeling and design projects

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Abhinav Saboo, M.S.

Materials Engineer

Develops and implements thermodynamic, kinetic and mechanistic models for materials design projects.

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Jason Sebastian, Ph.D.

President

QuesTek’s President focusing on overall company growth and management, and on the entire spectrum of commercial- and government-sponsored alloy modeling, development, and deployment activities.

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Dave Snyder, M.S.

Sr. Materials Development Engineer

Development of new alloy designs from prototype evaluation through production scale-up, specification development, and first article demonstration. Designing new alloys specifically tailored for Additive Manufacturing.

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Kerem Taskin

Materials Applications Engineer

Focuses on commercializing new alloys, proposal generation, project management and execution, market research and applications engineering activities for QuesTek alloys.

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Jifeng Zhao, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer

Technical lead on model development activities with a focus on mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of metallic materials. Expertise in Finite Element Modeling simulations and crystal plasticity.

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