Dana Frankel, Ph.D.

Manager of Design and Product Development


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2016

Sc.B. Materials Science and Engineering, Brown University, 2008

Current Role at QuesTek

As manager of QuesTek’s Materials Design and Product Development team in the Technology group, Dana oversees design and development of new alloys at QuesTek. Dana’s responsibilities include new project development, coordinating materials design projects for both government and commercial programs, and guiding the maturation of new alloy technology. She also has a key role in managing and expanding QuesTek’s intellectual property portfolio.

Background and Specialization

Dana specializes in ICME-based alloy design, utilizing thermodynamic and kinetic computational tools along with mechanistic models for predictive materials design. In her time at QuesTek, Dana has led a number of design projects across a variety of alloy systems including lightweight cast alloys, high-density refractory alloys, and cast iron and steels for structural and tool applications. For her graduate studies, Dana focused on the design of low-Ni and Ni-free shape memory alloys for fatigue-intensive biomedical applications such as artificial heart valve frames.  Her Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Design of Fatigue Resistant Heusler-strengthened PdTi-based Shape Memory Alloys for Biomedical Applications.” Prior to her graduate studies, Dana spent time in the semiconductor industry, working in quality and reliability, failure analysis, and microscopy/R&D groups.

Honors, Awards and Patents

As a graduate student, Dana was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She also received a number of other competitive fellowships including the Cabell Fellowship and Ryan Fellowship for Nanotechnology, and was awarded a Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Travel Grant for Young Scientists.

Publications and Presentations

  • J. Moore, D. Frankel, R. Prasannavenkatesan, A.G. Domel, G.B. Olson, W.K. Liu, “A crystal plasticity-based study of the relationship between microstructure and ultra-high-cycle fatigue life in nickel titanium alloys.” International Journal of Fatigue, 91, 183-194, 2016.
  • D. Frankel and G.B. Olson, “Design of Heusler Precipitation Strengthened NiTi-and PdTi-Base SMAs for Cyclic Performance”. Shape Memory and Superelasticity, 1(2), 1-18, 2015.
  • D. Frankel, T. Jiang, and G.B. Olson, “Design of a Fatigue Resistant Ni-free PdTi-base SMA.” Materials Today: Proceedings, 2, Supplement 3, S801-S804, 2015.
  • D. Frankel, S. Milenkovic, A.J. Smith, A.W. Hassel, “Nanostructuring of NiAl-Mo eutectic alloys by selective phase dissolution.” Electrochimica Acta, 54(25), 6015-6021, 2009.