Ricardo K. Komai, Ph.D.

Senior Materials Design Engineer


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2015

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2010

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2010

Current Role at QuesTek

Dr. Ricardo Komai designs novel alloys by a systems-based approach and through use of ICME and the CALPHAD method. As an expert in materials design, thermodynamic modeling and property modeling he develops new tools to predict the inter-relationships of process, structure, and properties of material systems.

Background and Specialization

Dr. Komai studied martensitic transformations in biological materials during his Ph.D. and applied a CALPHAD approach to modeling the thermodynamics of bacterial flagella phase transformations. He also has experience working with a wide variety of inorganic and organic materials including titanium, aluminum, steel, soft materials, biological materials, and others. He is an expert in materials design and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled: “Chirality Switching by Martensitic Transformation in Protein Cylindrical Crystals: Application to Bacterial Flagella.”

Honors and Awards

Predictive Science and Engineering Design Fellow, Northwestern University, 2011

GEM Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship, 2010-2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010

Professional Associations

ASM, TMS, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma

Publications and Presentations

  • “BioMartensite: Martensitic Phase Transformations of Bacterial Flagella,” Ricardo K. Komai and G.B. Olson, Hilliard Symposium-Materials Science and Engineering Dept., Northwestern University, May 2015
  • “Bio-Martensite”, Ricardo K. Komai, G.B. Olson, Steel Research Group Meeting 30, March 2015
  • “CALPHAD Approach Used in Novel application to Martensitic Transformations in Biological Systems,” Ricardo K. Komai and G.B. Olson, TMS Meeting-Orlando,FL, March 2015
  • “BioMartensite: Stress-Temperature Phase Diagrams of Crystalline Bacterial Flagella,” R.K. Komai and G.B. Olson, International Conference on Martensitic Transformations 2014 (ICOMAT-2014), Bilbao, Spain, July 2014