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About Us

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.

The Team

Management

Aaron Birt
Chief Executive Officer

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!

Sean Kelly
Chief Operations Officer

Sean is Chief Operations Officer 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 and working out, and will play any pick-up sport that crosses his path.

Diran Apelian
Managing Partner

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.

Engineering

Sean Langan
Senior Materials Engineer

Sean joined Solvus Global in December 2019 as a Senior Material Science Engineer. Previously, he received a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University, a BA in Chemistry from Boston University, and worked at Leica Microsystems and as a freelance engineer. Sean has a diverse technical background, with expertise in a wide range of materials as well as materials processing and characterization. Sean’s passion within engineering is sustainability, and outside of work he volunteers for the Focus on Sustainability subcommittee of the Materials Research Society.  When not working, Sean is probably playing hockey, or spending time with his wife and friends.                                                        

Joseph Heelan
Principal Materials Engineer

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. 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 his dog Sampson.

Kevin Thompson
Senior Mechanical Engineer

Kevin Thompson 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.                                                            

Caitlin Walde
Senior Materials Engineer

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.

Alino Te
Materials Engineer

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 bachelor's 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!                                                                

Ryan Mocadlo
Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Ryan Mocadlo has extensive experience with additive manufacturing stemming from a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering. As part of his doctoral research, he spent three years designing and implementing a novel process known as Micro Cold Spray used in the direct deposit of electronic interconnects. His work on the Micro Cold Spray system included a strong focus on raw materials properties, resulting in a robust knowledge of material processing methods. In his free time Ryan enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. During the winter months, you are likely to find him hunting down the best snow for those memorable ski trips with friends and family.                                                    

Dan Savukinas
Mechanical Engineer
Emily Molstad
Materials Engineer

Emily has been a part of Solvus Global team since May of 2018 as a Materials Research Engineer. She is driven to be a part of the change to make industries and society more sustainable. Her career has always been centered around sustainability, which led her to the exciting field of material science and engineering. She has developed her 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 her technical interests, she has a deep love for animals and traveling.                                                             

Dan Savukinas is an Engineer at Solvus Global. He recently graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. At Solvus, he works on both CAD modeling, and fabrication, seeing my projects from start to finish. In his free time, he loves to be outside, grill, and spend time with his friends.                                                             

Ali Valamanesh
Chemical Engineer

Ali joined Solvus Global in 2019 as a chemical engineer. Before that Ali was involved with Kinetic Batteries, a Solvus Global spin-off company as a materials research engineer, where he researched and developed materials and processes for 3D printing Li-ion batteries. At Solvus Global, Ali works on a variety of projects spanning the development of novel materials, additive manufacturing, and use of artificial intelligence in process and material development. Ali is a WPI chemical engineering graduate, where he was involved in research regarding use of machine learning in cold spray and powder bed fusion. Outside of the lab Ali enjoys making foods from around the world, hiking, and road tripping.                                                                  

David LeBoeuf
Manufacturing Engineer

David LeBoeuf is a Welding Technician at Solvus Global. Born and raised in Worcester, he has held numerous jobs from heavy fabrication to light fabrication with an array of welding processes and different steels. After graduating Worcester Voke in 2007 from Welding technology, he departed for the Navy to continue his future as a Steelworker in a construction battalion. During his free time, he enjoys mountain hikes, football (hand-egg), camping, freshwater fishing, Jeeping, and brewing beer to name a few. He absolutely loves WW1/2 history and always find himself learning something new! Go Pats!                                                            

Autumn joined the Solvus team in March of 2019 as Operations Coordinator and is now currently SG’s HR and Marketing Manager where she works to help showcase Solvus Global’s mission, success, and incredible team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from Keene State College in 2016 and has loved being able to apply her love for people and creativity to her role at Solvus Global. At this stage in her career, she now speaks part-Engineer, which allows her to get excited about all of the company’s new projects. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys writing for her blog, She’s Wildly Capable, spending time outdoors, and thrifting. She is also an avid reader and loves a good DIY project.

Software/ Automation

Richard Eberheim
Automation Engineer

Richard Eberheim is an automation engineer at Solvus Global, where he uses his broad skillset to work on a variety of robotics and automation-related projects. He graduated from WPI in 2017 with a BS in Robotics Engineering and in 2019 with an MS in Materials Science. Richard is particularly interested and experienced in additive manufacturing, having spent much of his time at WPI working on new technologies for this field, culminating in his master's thesis, in which he developed a new metal 3D printing system. Richard's passion for manufacturing and robotics continues into his free time as well, making and tinkering on dozens of personal projects. When Richard isn't working on those projects, he also enjoys hiking, photography, and flying airplanes.                                                        

Gregory Hylton
Principal Software Engineer

Greg Hylton is our Principal Software Engineer at Solvus Global. He joined the team in 2020 and has already made his mark at the company. Along with his high-level skills in C# programming, software development and design, Greg is certified in AngularJS path framework. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Westfield State College. As a core member of our APEX System Buildout, Greg has taken the lead on several projects to carry us to greatness. Greg and his dog, Kahli have frequented our dog-content slack channel.

Loc Nyguen
Machine Learning Engineer

Loc Nguyen, a Graduate Student from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, joined Solvus Global as a Machine Learning Engineer in the beginning of August of 2020. He is currently part of many different initiatives in the company. His current focus is to help set up the database to store various characterization data related to powders, which will be significantly aligned with the current Quality Assurance goal as well as other future integration plan of the company. Find him helping maintain and integrate new features for the company online sale platform POD or participating in the ideation phase of integrating machine learning for APEX. In his spare time, Loc enjoys exploring different places in New England area, playing sports and reading books. Originally from Vietnam, Loc also loves re-creating his local favorite dishes with friends and family during free time.                                                            

Wei Wang
Automation Engineer

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 year of working experience in the electrical and automation field and will receive a master's 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.                                                        

Alex Michelson
Machine Learning Engineer

Alex began working at Solvus Global in June 2019 as a Machine Learning Engineer after graduating Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Robotics Engineering. Alex works closely with the Solvus team to develop machine learning algorithms which improve the quality control of metal powders and the reliability of cold spray. He also leverages his experience with industrial robotics to develop tool paths for wire arc additive manufacturing. Alex is motivated by new opportunities to learn and grow with his peers. Outside of work, Alex enjoys traveling around the world in search of mountains to ski down and oceans to scuba dive in.                                                                 

Nathaniel Leonard
Software Engineer

Nathaniel is a software engineer at Solvus Global. He works primarily with Powders On Demand and APEX. He went to Florida State University (go Noles!) and received a BS in Computational Science, or rather a degree in how to use computers. He enjoys hanging out with his dog, binging Netflix, weekend naps, and trying new things. Let him know if there's a cool activity you'd recommend.                                                 

Brandon Weyant
Automation Engineer

Brandon Weyant is a new Mechanical Automation Engineer at Solvus. He is fresh out of college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has had a few internships prior including Commercial HVAC , Kinetic Batteries (back at Rockdale), and General Motors casting facility (KB/Solvus obviously being the best)! In his free time, he enjoys camping, cooking, spartan races, and any sort of competitive sport (Looking forward to some Solvus Games).                                                             

Redon Xharja
Software Engineer

 Redon is a software engineer here at Solvus Global mainly working on the APEX and NASA WAAM initiatives. His academic background lies in his Master's degree from the Univeristy of Edinburgh in Bioinformatics which is a fancy way to say data science for genetic/biological data. In his free time, Redon enjoys live music, latin dancing, muay thai, brewing, traveling to interesting places. Taiwan and Kosovo are amongst some of his favorite places that he has visited.                                                        

Caleb Ralphs
Machine Learning Engineer

At Solvus Global, Caleb Ralphs has been a part of a little bit of everything. Previously as a Computer Science Intern, working primarily on machine learning applications and some front-end software development, Caleb has transitioned into a full-time Machine Learning Engineer. He is a 2020 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Computer Science degree, subsequently he finished up his Masters in Data Science with the Class of 2021. Outside of work, Caleb enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, and pretty much anything that keeps him active.                                                            

Autumn joined the Solvus team in March of 2019 as Operations Coordinator and is now currently SG’s HR and Marketing Manager where she works to help showcase Solvus Global’s mission, success, and incredible team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from Keene State College in 2016 and has loved being able to apply her love for people and creativity to her role at Solvus Global. At this stage in her career, she now speaks part-Engineer, which allows her to get excited about all of the company’s new projects. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys writing for her blog, She’s Wildly Capable, spending time outdoors, and thrifting. She is also an avid reader and loves a good DIY project.

Manufacturing

Cameron Maillet
Process Technician

Cameron joined the Solvus Global team in October of 2019 as a Process Technician. Cameron graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2019 with a BS in Physics: Astronomy. Since starting at Solvus, Cameron has very much enjoyed getting his hands dirty and taking on new things, as well as how involved he has been able to be on nearly every project, even in the minor ways. He enjoys being a part of the diverse team at Solvus while working in the collaborative environment that the company provides. Outside of work enjoys playing video games, board games, and, similar to his work at Solvus, tackling a puzzle of some kind!                                                              

Chris Barnes
Senior Engineering Technician

Chris is our Senior Engineering Technician who is one of our most hands-on guys. Always installing new systems and machinery in the lab, Chris has been working on the commercialization and scale-up of our HQ powder processors as well as our air classifier. He is a stronger believer that the technologies Solvus pursues will make our world a better place, especially our powder development, recycling, and battery improvement efforts. We're lucky to have Chris on board as we venture into our new expansion space in Leominster considering he is jack of all trades, once a laser technician, electrician, plumber, model maker/carpenter, and even auto mechanic. Putting his skills to work, Chris tackles all sorts of epic projects with his children. Currently, he is rebuilding a car for with his teenage daughter for her first ride. Chris holds a B.A. from Worcester State University with an Associate of Science in Laser Electro Optics from Springfield Technical Community College.

Chuks Okoroafor
Process Technician

As a Process Technician, Chuks is a key player in our daily activies at Solvus. He works diligently on fulfilling powder orders from start to finish with an emphasis on getting orders out of the door.  His versatility has landed him roles in a number of projects including our characterization suite enhancement and automation. Chuks is a family man - his daughter has been invited as an occasional guest on our Zoom calls during our WFH days.

Wendy Hayhurst
Engineering Technician

Wendy has over ten years’ experience working in Additive Manufacturing with SLS, FDM, SLA, Polyjet and SLM machines. Here at Solvus Global, she has been working on the ESD initiative working with engineers to develop and test machine setup and parameters. In her free time, Wendy likes to browse antique stores for mid-century furniture of colorful seventies attire                                                        

Chris Ceddia
R&D Process Engineer

Chris Ceddia is a R&D Process Engineer where he is an integral member of our FSAM team as well as our equipment and processes groups. He believes that his work is important to both himself from a personal enrichment point of view as well as in reference to the Additive Manufacturing movement; including all companies involved with both R&D and production manufacturing of parts and products stemming from a multitude of new and cutting-edge equipment and processes.  Chris holds a BSMET degree from Northeastern University in Mechanical Engineering Technology. 

Ben Young
Process Technician

Ben joined the Solvus team in September 2019 after recently moving to Worcester for his wife to pursue her dream of medical school. Prior to Solvus, he has research and work experience in a variety of fields and places: Computational Chemistry research in Oregon, Organic Synthesis research at his Alma Mater Biola University, and technical writing and electronics work in Colorado. Now, he supports the powders team as a Process Technician, where he utilizes his laboratory background to help with processing, characterizing, and shipping powders out the door. In his free time, Ben enjoys building puzzles, working with electronics, taking photos, and playing an assortment of board and video games.                                                                

Trevor Petersen
Process Technician

As an Engineering Technician, Trevor has become a wizard at the characterization suite since he was first hired. Lately, he's been testing, blending, and re-testing powder samples for our newest powder projects. Trevor's puppy has been pulling on our heartstrings during those office visits. 

Mason Labbe
Process Technician

Mason Labbe has worked his way up the ladder and overcame homelessness in the most remarkable way. Currently he is getting his degree at Quinsigamond Community College while balancing his Production Technician position at Solvus. As a member of the production team, Mason has taken to characterizing powders while also training to mount and polish samples. Mason knows there's a lot more to the field to learn and great opportunities to grow and expand his knowledge on.                                                            

James Walden
Process Technician

While he was technically born in upstate New York, James Walden has lived his entire life here in southern Massachusetts. He has always had a passion for building things. It started with LEGO sets and toy monster trucks as a kid, and eventually evolved into modern manufacturing technologies like 3D printing and CNC machining. He is always looking to learn and am excited to continue his journey with the processes and the people here at Solvus Global.                                                                        

Autumn joined the Solvus team in March of 2019 as Operations Coordinator and is now currently SG’s HR and Marketing Manager where she works to help showcase Solvus Global’s mission, success, and incredible team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from Keene State College in 2016 and has loved being able to apply her love for people and creativity to her role at Solvus Global. At this stage in her career, she now speaks part-Engineer, which allows her to get excited about all of the company’s new projects. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys writing for her blog, She’s Wildly Capable, spending time outdoors, and thrifting. She is also an avid reader and loves a good DIY project.

 

Operations

Annette Langan
Scrum Master and Wellness Coordinator
Autumn Minery
Human Resources Manager

Autumn joined the Solvus team in March of 2019 as Operations Coordinator and is now currently SG’s HR and Marketing Manager where she works to help showcase Solvus Global’s mission, success, and incredible team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from Keene State College in 2016 and has loved being able to apply her love for people and creativity to her role at Solvus Global. At this stage in her career, she now speaks part-Engineer, which allows her to get excited about all of the company’s new projects. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys writing for her blog, She’s Wildly Capable, spending time outdoors, and thrifting. She is also an avid reader and loves a good DIY project.                                                                 

Meagan McIntosh
Finance Manager

Meagan McIntosh joined the Solvus team in March of 2020 as Operations Manager. Prior to working at Solvus, Meagan worked for WPI within both the Metal Processing Institute as a Finance & Procurement Assistant for 3 years, and part-time with the Accounts Payable department. Meagan’s focuses at Solvus are accounting, compliance, regulatory, and purchasing & inventory. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, crocheting, and obsessively doing sudoku puzzles.                                             

Nicole Boyson
Marketing Manager

Nicole is an alumna of UMass Amherst. At Solvus Global, she's been working closely with the management team to develop a set of brand kits and marketing campaigns that align with our mission and goals as a company. Nicole focuses on both our internal and external marketing strategies. Be on the look out for our monthly newsletter, The Interface of Change written by Nicole. In her free time, you can find her catching sunrise or sunset with her dog.                                                       

Annette Langan, MS, RD, CSOWM, LDN is a registered dietitian who serves as the Scrum Master and Wellness Coordinator for Solvus Global. A native of North Carolina, she graduated from Boston University in 2013 and never left the Northeast again.  She has an MS in Nutritional Biochemistry, a culinary degree, and a collection of other certifications that add letters after her name.  As a dietitian, Annette specializes in culinary nutrition and professional writing/editing.  She is frighteningly organized and is motivated by a desire to help people's lives easier, both in the workplace and intheir personal lives.  Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, strength training, craft beer, and ballet.

Lia Davis
IT Administrator

Lia grew up in Maine, working for her father building houses. Once she graduated high school, Lia moved to Worcester to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where she is currently studying Computer Science. At Solvus, Lia is the Information Technology Administrator, doing everything from helpdesk to security & compliance while interfacing between the IT department and Management. In her free time, she enjoys running lighting and sound with WPI's Lens and Lights.                                                            

Autumn joined the Solvus team in March of 2019 as Operations Coordinator and is now currently SG’s HR and Marketing Manager where she works to help showcase Solvus Global’s mission, success, and incredible team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from Keene State College in 2016 and has loved being able to apply her love for people and creativity to her role at Solvus Global. At this stage in her career, she now speaks part-Engineer, which allows her to get excited about all of the company’s new projects. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys writing for her blog, She’s Wildly Capable, spending time outdoors, and thrifting. She is also an avid reader and loves a good DIY project.

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