Board of Directors

Prof. Gregory B. Olson received his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 1974 and is currently the Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice at MIT.  He is a co-founder of QuesTek and the developer of QuesTek’s Materials By Design® technology. He serves as the Company’s Chief Science Officer and is internationally recognized as a leader in the design of new materials and pioneer in the field of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering. He is the author of more than 200 publications and has delivered hundreds of conference presentations world-wide.

William T. (Bill) Mahoney is CEO of ASM International. Bill was formerly the CEO of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) where he held this post from August 2005 to March 2016. Under his leadership, SCRA annual revenues from its applied research and commercialization services operations grew from USD 74M to over USD 455M. In 2008, Bill was named by Tech Journal South magazine as one of the top 25 technology leaders in the southeastern United States. He is a Harvard graduate and previously served as an advisor to QuesTek Innovations as a member of its Growth Strategy Task Group.

Prof. Diran Apelian is widely recognized for his innovative work in metal processing and as a researcher and educator. After receiving his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, he joined Bethlehem Steel where he co-developed the Ultra-Form series of high strength low alloy steels. He joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1990 as the Institute’s Provost; after which he headed the Metal Processing Institute at WPI, an industry-university alliance with Centers in Metal Casting, Heat Treating, and Resource Recovery and Recycling that has developed into one of the nation’s premiere research centers dedicated to metal processing. His research has helped establish mechanisms and fundamentals in metal processing.

Dr. Dmitry Shashkov is the President and CEO of Exogenesis Corporation. The company develops and commercializes nano-scale surface modification and surface control technologies. Prior to joining Exogenesis Dmitry had several leadership roles in advanced materials, including serving as President and CEO of H.C. Stark Fabricated Products and various roles at Honeywell and McKinsey & Company. Dmitry received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in 1997. He has previous experience with QuesTek Innovations as a member of its Growth Strategy Task Group.


Dr. Aziz Asphahani is the Chariman/CEO of QuesTek International LLC and previously spent 19 years in the Specialty Metals Industry with Haynes International, where he served as Vice President, General Manager and R&D Director. He holds 8 patents. Dr. Asphahani’s degrees include Diplome Ingenieur-Physics from Ecole Centrale de Paris and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT. Aziz is also a past president of ASM International and past Chair of its Educational Foundations.
Dr. Raymond F. Decker is the co-founder and CTO of Thixomat/nanoMAG. He has specialized in Nickl-Base Superalloys for more than 50 years and is the co-inventor of Maraging Steels. He is an Adjunct Professor of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan where he earned his Ph.D. Ray is a past President of ASM International and past Chair of its Foundation. His lates invention is BioMg 250, a bioabsorbable magnesium alloy implant to fix orthopaedic trauma. Another recent invention is TTMP Mg alloy, now in commercial use in DonJoy lightweight orthopadic knee braces.
Mr Raymond Genellie is a co-founder of QuesTek Innovations LLC and serves as its Vice President of Operations. He has more than 35 years of experience in financial and management position in both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. After service in the U.S. Navy, Ray received a Master of Science degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University in 1979 and served as an instructor in the Dept. of Finance.