Francisco Flores

Sr Materials Engineer, NanoAL

Francisco is an experienced research engineer who brings a diverse technical background to the NanoAL team. He has executed multiple projects that have resulted in the development of several high-performance aluminum alloys for a variety of applications, leading to six published patent applications and one technical paper.

Roles & Responsibilities

Francisco has been with NanoAL since early 2016. His first project with NanoAL was developing a high-strength high-conductivity 6xxx series wire which resulted in a Department of Energy grant worth over $1M. He leads research and development efforts of high-performance aluminum products including 3xxx and 5xxx series sheet.

  • Design of alloy composition and thermo-mechanical processes
  • Lab scale production and testing of aluminum products
  • Experiment design
  • Support commercial scale alloy production
  • Operate metallurgical tools such as OES, SEM, EDS, and optical microscope
  • Create custom computational tools in Python/Octave
  • Literature and patent research
  • Patent application drafting 

Experience and Education

  • BS Aerospace Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology
  • ME Mechanical Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology

Space Weather Lab | Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL,  2015-2016

  • Developed an algorithm in MATLAB that identifies Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS) in upper atmospheric flow and uses them to predict the transport of fluid such as space shuttle water vapor plume.
  • Various empirical models were used including neutral winds data gathered through the Horizontal Wind Model 14 (HWM 14).
  • Collaborated with multiple Ph.D. candidates on space weather applications (including simulations of Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere).
  • Project led to a successful publication to a peer reviewed journal (GRL).