At Solvus Global, we harness the power of a creative and multi-disciplinary team to solve difficult problems through development and commercialization of next generation technology.
We focus on challenging and impactful problems, the ones that others shy away from.
We emphasize complete solutions that span development to implementation because we believe it is our responsibility to see a solution through to completion.
We create an environment where outside-the-box thinking is encouraged, and pride and passion in the work we do is vital.
Our team has the power to make decisions, the freedom to push boundaries, and the grit to overcome obstacles. We bring this same dedication to every problem for every customer; we are the interface of change.
Diran Apelian is a managing partner at Solvus Global and the Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Engineering, former Provost, and Founding Director of the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). MPI is an industry-University alliance dedicated to materials processing with over 90 corporate partners. During the last decade, Apelian has worked on sustainable development, particularly resource recovery and recycling. Apelian has over 700 publications; 18 patents; and 15 books. During 2008/2009 he served as President of TMS. Prof. Apelian is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, and APMI; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), European Academy of Sciences, and the Armenian Academy of Sciences.
Joe is a Senior Materials Engineer at Solvus Global and has been working closely with the SG team on cold spray and powder development efforts since the beginning of 2018. Joe is motivated by growth and a desire to lead a project from conceptualization all the way to a point where it’s delivering impactful results on a commercial scale. Prior to joining SG, Joe was a team lead and materials engineer in the aerospace industry. He spent two years working at Quest Global Engineering where his main responsibility was developing and testing new wear and impact resistant materials for Pratt & Whitney aircraft fan blades. Joe has both a M.Sc. in Materials Science and Eng. from WPI and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Eng. from Northeastern University. He specializes in electrochemistry and experimental setup and evaluation. On a personal level, Joe enjoys fishing and hiking with his wife and dog Sampson.
Michael is a recent graduate of WPI with good depth and breadth in a variety of fields. He has the mathematical background and programming experience to build machine learning implementations, and the physics and materials science experience to mesh those systems with powder metallurgy processes. During college he spent his summers working at the Wyss Institute at Harvard, where he helped develop advanced multimaterial digital manufacturing systems. Michael spends his free time hiking, researching, and developing various technologies he hopes will improve people's lives
Aaron has a simple motto; if something is worth complaining about then it’s worth fixing. Aaron applies that thinking as a Managing Partner at Solvus Global where he believes in using the talent, resources, and partnerships of Solvus Global to take on and solve problems in the materials and manufacturing world. In his role at Solvus, Aaron leads corporate initiatives in machine learning, advanced materials, additive manufacturing, and powder processing. His PhD thesis was one of the first to address the growing topic of machine learning control for advanced manufacturing. Additionally, Aaron is co-founder and CEO of Kinetic Batteries, Solvus Global’s first technology spin-off. Aaron loves challenges in all aspects of life; whether it’s cooking up a new dish, hiking a summit, or scuba diving with the fishes he’s always up for another adventure!
Kevin Thompson Kevin started as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Solvus Global in October 2018 and joined the Solvus team after six years working in medical device research and development. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in mechanical engineering, then spent three years at Hologic, and three years Thermi designing biopsy devices and radio frequency electrodes, respectively. Through this medical device career, Kevin has built a strong foundation in design controls, mechanical system design, process control, and quality system management. Outside working hours, Kevin enjoys renovating his home, hiking with his wife and dog, and taking his family onto the beach in his Jeep.
Sean is a Managing Partner at Solvus Global and leads the company’s sustainability and recycling programs. Sean is driven by success in every sense of the word. He is continually striving to change this world for the better and understands the importance of teamwork and work ethic. Sean received his B.S. (2014) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering focusing on Biomaterials. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering in February 2016 and May 2018, respectively. He has expertise in recycling technology development and optimization and industrial ecology. In his free time Sean enjoys golf, working out and will play any pick-up sport that crosses his path.
Caitlin received her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering in 2018 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where her research focused on enhancing and optimizing metallic feedstock powders for additive manufacturing processes. Her background is specifically in the thermal treatment of aluminum alloy powders, and she brings extensive knowledge of materials characterization techniques, such as SEM, TEM, FIB, EDS, EBSD, and DSC, to her analysis of other materials. Caitlin enjoys exploring new horizons, both in her professional and personal lives. Whether optimizing a new treatment or hiking a new trail, she finds fulfilment in finding and understanding the unknown. Her technical interests include powder metallurgy, additive manufacturing, and materials characterization, and her personal interests include running, hiking, and cooking.
Wei is an Automation Engineer at Solvus Global, where he develops electrical and automation applications including designing, programming, and site commissioning. Wei has more than ten years working experience in the electrical and automation field and will receive a masters degree in computer science from WPI in May 2019. Wei previously worked at Shougang Group, which is one of the largest steel companies in China for 5 years as an Automation Engineer and at Rockwell Automation for 7 years as an Industry Technical Consultant. Wei has implemented many large projects and has rich experience in the automation field both in the US and abroad.
Born and raised in Connecticut but transplanted to Worcester, MA Alino is the child of immigrant refugees. What drives Alino is that he knows he does not know enough. He wants to learn as much as he can and that has set him on his current path of science and engineering. Alino obtained his bachelors in mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This led to a master’s in materials science and engineering at WPI in the Advanced Casting Research Center arm of the Metal Processing Institute. At the completion of his master’s degree, the Army Research Lab based at WPI sought his expertise in solidification and metallography for a PhD in conjunction to his position at Solvus Global. If Alino cannot be found in the lab, he will most certainly be found snowboarding and backpacking through New England or surfing and ingesting as much coffee as possible!
I have been a part of Solvus Global team since May of 2018 as a Materials Research Engineer. I am driven to be a part of the change to make industries and society more sustainable. My career has always been centralized around sustainability which has led me to the exciting field of material science and engineering. I have developed my skills and expertise around material characterization and data collection through the development of experiments and testing procedures. Additional technical interests include renewable energy waste reduction and recycling. Outside of my technical interests I have a deep love for animals and traveling.
Nathan is inspired by the possibilities of effecting positive social change through the creation of new technologies. Using his background in robotics, computer vision, decentralized systems, and machine learning, he explores the many potential applications of artificial intelligence for industry and society. In his free time Nathan enjoys traveling, exploring new technologies, and enjoying a good meal with friends. He is currently working towards a BS in robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.