Our project partners include many world-class organizations, such as:

  • Babcock & Wilcox Company

  • Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company

  • The Boeing Company

  • Carpenter Technology
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

  • General Atomics

  • Goodrich Corporation

  • Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Company

  • Honeywell Aerospace

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • MetalValue
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Northwestern University

  • Pankl Racing Systems
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.

  • Rolls-Royce North America

  • Sargent & Lundy LLC

  • SIFCO Industries
  • Sentient Science
  • Thermo-Calc Software


Our valued governmental clients include:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • U.S. Department of the Air Force

  • U.S. Department of the Army

  • U.S. Department of the Navy

  • U.S. Marine Corps



  • OSD

  • DOE

  • NASA

  • NIST

  • NSF



There are a number of reasons detailed below where QuesTek can utilize our Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) methodology and expertise to help your organization develop new high performance alloys for future needs and solve material related failures or processing issues.

Why Commercial Clients and Governments Hire Us

Our new technologies designed and developed for both commercial and governmental clients can yield benefits such as:

  • Strengthen key industries and increase economic output. We focus on designing, inventing and introducing superior, patent-protected materials that form the foundation of valuable materials for current and next-generation products.
  • Leverage proven, in-place resources to yield rapid commercialization. Our business model and proven commercialization track record leverages existing suppliers, producers and processors to yield rapid speed-to-market.
  • Reduce the capital costs, O&M costs and/or EHS impact of equipment and operations, or improve performance. Insert into your product an engineered material that was custom-designed in order to reduce capital/O&M costs or EHS impact, or improve performance and durability.
  • Enjoy a long-term competitive advantage. While we typically generate and hold the IP arising from our efforts, our commercial clients typically obtain long-term, patent-protected, exclusive use in their industry of materials that we design, invent and develop for (and with) them.
  • Accelerate evaluations of new material or new product concepts. We can often quickly assess if material design goals are achievable. We’re well-versed in demonstrating material design innovations in concise 6-9 month-long efforts, and do this routinely for governmental agencies in SBIR/STTR Phase I programs and for commercial clients as well. We’re focused on rapidly prototyping, scaling-up, qualifying, licensing and inserting new material solutions into real-world service.
  • Accelerate introductions of new or improved commercial products or materials. For government-sponsored material design work, we strive to license our IP to multiple producers/processors in order to create a robust marketplace, so that government buyers or subcontractors can ultimately procure new materials from at least two competing vendors. For commercial clients, we’ll work with your preferred material suppliers and processors of your supply chain to quickly qualify and insert new materials into your product.
  • Reduce R&D project risks and costs. Our stage-gate design and development process steps maximize your company’s return on investment of time and expense, while minimizing development risk.
  • Maximize the outcome of limited R&D resources. Our bottom-line commercial focus and productivity is demonstrated in our track record of success and the fact that we seldom design a new material without receiving on-going guidance from a leading OEM or end-user.
  • Minimize contracting problems. We’re very experienced in government contracting, and are regularly reviewed, audited and approved by governmental agencies such as DCAA and DCMA. We’re experienced in working with many different contract vehicles such as SBIR/STTR contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, other transaction agreements, procurement contracts, etc.
  • Keep your proprietary information secure. We work with many major OEMs and organizations. Our solid reputation and full conformance with both the intent and letter of Non-disclosure Agreements has been well-demonstrated. As an IP-focused company we fully recognize the value of IP, including yours.

Why Licensees Work with Us

  • Outpace your competition — rapidly introduce new, improved materials, processes or engineered products. We focus on rapidly designing and developing new commercial materials that offer significant real-world performance or cost-saving improvements over competing materials (not just incremental improvements) and command premium value in their application.
  • Reduce your competition. We want successful production licensees, and we manage the number of licenses awarded in order to encourage a robust marketplace. OEM licensees can gain long-term, patent-protected exclusivity in their field of use.
  • Improve the performance or efficiency of your current production equipment and processes. Leverage QuesTek’s physics-based understanding of fundamental material science to better understand your current production or process, as you produce, process or utilize newly-designed materials.
  • Maximize the return of your internal R&D funds. Free-up your internal R&D funds that would have otherwise been invested in lower-productivity techniques to develop new materials or material processes, and instead invest them in other, higher-IRR projects.
  • Rest easy that QuesTek will not become a competitor. We have no significant commercial-scale production or manufacturing capability, and no intent to develop any. Since our success is directly tied to the success of our licensees, we don’t want to compete with them.