Aziz Asphahani, Ph.D.

Chairman and CEO


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 1975.

Diplôme Ingénieur- Physics, Ecole Centrale de Paris, 1970.

Mathématiques Spéciales, Lycée Janson de Sailly-Paris, 1967.

Career Background

Dr. Asphahani is the President & CEO of QuesTek Innovations LLC. Before joining QuesTek, he served as President & CEO of CARUS Chemical Co. (1995-2006), following 19 years (1975-1994) in the Specialty Metals Industry with HAYNES International/CABVAL, where he served as CABVAL President, HAYNES Vice President, Director of R&D, and Corrosion Engineer. He served on the Board of Directors of HAYNES, CABVAL and CARUS Corporation.

Dr. Asphahani started in 1975 as a researcher/engineer focused on the development of corrosion-resistant nickel-based and cobalt-based alloys. He holds 8 patents, authored 65 papers on high alloys & corrosion control, and contributed numerous technical presentations at major conferences. Two of his patents won the 1984 VAALER* Award and the 1991 R&D-100 Award.

*US-Patent # 4,533,414: HASTELLOY C-22 alloy has been extensively evaluated as the outer canister material to contain the nuclear waste for storage in the Yucca Mountain, Nevada. As a side note, this alloy was used in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in the 1980’s (to ensure durability and resistance to corrosion, HASTELLOY C-22 flat-beams were used to support the seven spokes of Lady Liberty).

Dr. Asphahani is an active participant in the ASM Materials Camp initiative, engaged in getting students interested in science and engineering careers, as well as supporting school science teachers’ professional development and skill enhancement in communicating to their students about the exciting fields of Materials / Engineering careers.

Dr. Asphahani served as Senior Advisor/Corrosion Curriculum Development at University of Akron, and assisted in establishing the First “Corrosion Engineering” degree in the USA.

Dr. Asphahani is a member of ASM International and NACE. He was a member of TMS, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Water Works Association. Dr. Asphahani served as NACE Director-1983, as ASM President -2001, and as ASM-Foundation Chairman-2004. He served as the Chairman of the Corrosion Committee of MPC, on the ASTM-G1 Corrosion Committee, on the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council, the Board of Trustees of the Alpha-Sigma-Mu Honor Society, and the US National Academies ROCSE Committee, in charge of identifying “Research Opportunities in Corrosion Science and Engineering.”

Dr. Asphahani is presently serving on the Boards of QuesTek Innovations LLC, Aluminium Rheinfelden GmbH, the Goldin Institute, the ASM-Education Foundation and the Board of Illinois Math & Science Academy-Fund. He is an avid golfer, achieving a “hole-in-one” at Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby, IL (Hole #4) in August 2004.


Member US National Academy of Engineering

Fellow (ASM, NACE & NCER/U.Akron)

Alpha Sigma Mu Distinguished Life Member

ASM-Honorary Member

ASM-Education Foundation Roberts Award

NACE-Education Foundation Founders Award

SF2M/France- Bastien/Guillet Gold Medal Award

ASM- Medal for the Adcancement of Research

ASTM/G1Corrosion- Frank LaQue Award