Jeff Grabowski, M.S.

Manager of Business Development


M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 1998

B.S. Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996

Current Role at QuesTek

Jeff works with the DOD, the DOE and private industry (aerospace, space, oil and gas, energy, medical, automotive, metallic additive manufacturing, etc.) to identify and address materials-related product performance issues that can benefit from a new high-performance QuesTek-designed alloy that already exists, or that QuesTek could design.

He also identifies, grow markets for and leads commercialization efforts of emerging alloys based on copper, aluminum, titanium, nickel, coblat and molybdenum, etc. still early in QuesTek's design phase.

Jeff manages a team of materials applications engineers that interfaces with end-users to ensure successful manufacturing of prototypes and full-scale production of components produced using QuesTek materials.

In addition, he forms strategic multi-party partnerships across the globe to mutually grow business and is responsbile for developing and executing QuesTek's strategy for growth in additive manufacturing.

Background and Specialization

Prior to joining QuesTek, his career experience included quality, process, manufacturing and applications engineering positions in steel, polymers, ceramics and industrial gas.

Professional Associations

He is an active member of The American Helicopter Society, The American Gear Manufacturer's Association, and ASM International and regularly gives presentations on advanced materials at their respective technical conferences.

He also serves as the QuesTek liason to the US Air Force's America Makes program focused on Additive Manufacturing, and participates in the Intelligent Manufactruing Systems Additive Manufacturing clustering group with a goal to encourage international collaboration.

Example Presentations and Publications

  • "Novel Advanced Materials for Improving Rotocraft Performance," Presented (Invited) at American Helicopter Society International Technical Meeting on Rotorcraft Propulsion, October 27-29, 2015, Williamsburg, PA.
  • "Design, Qualification and Deployment of Computationally Designed Ferrium Alloys," Presented at AeroMat; May 11-14, 2015; Long Beach, CA.
  • “Application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering to Optimize Metallurgy and Improve Performance of Carburizable Gear Steels,” Paper and Presentation at The American Gear Manufacturers Association Fall Technical Meeting; October 12-14, 2014; Crystal City, VA.
  • "Design, Development and Qualification of Computationally Designed Alloys,” Paper and presentation at 70th Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society; May 20-22, 2014; Montreal, Canada.
  • “Flying Cybersteels,” Presented at Steel Research Group 30th Annual Meeting. March 24-25, 2014; Northwestern University; Evanston, IL.
  • “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Helps Successfully Develop Aerospace Alloys” Advanced Materials and Processes, 171, 11, 17-19 (2013). Paper only.
  • “New Ultra High Performance Ferrium® Steels for Demanding Fracking Applications,” Presented at the Technical and Environmental Challenges of Hydraulic Fracturing Conference; August 4-8, 2013; Boulder, CO.
  • “Main Root Weight Reduction and Performance Enhancement via the use of Carburized, High Strength Secondary Hardening Steel,” Presented at Aviation Applied Technology Directorate Small Business Innovation Research Day; February 12, 2013; Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Ferrium® M54®: A New Fatigue-Resistant, Lower Cost Ultra High Strength Steel for Landing Gear and Arrestment Applications,” Presented at Aircraft Airworthiness and Sustainment Conference; April 2-5, 2012; Baltimore, MD.
  • “Manufacturing and Processing of a New Class of Vacuum Carburized Gear Steels with Very High Hardenability,” Paper and presentation at The American Gear Manufacturers Association Fall Technical Meeting; October 30 - November 1, 2011; Cincinnati, OH.
  • "Tensile Creep Properties of d-Bi2O3",Scripta Materialia, 43, 11, 1033-1038 (2000). Paper only.
  • "Tensile Transformation-Mismatch Plasticity of Bi2O3", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 83, 10, 2521-2528 (2000). Paper only.