Joe Croteau

Sr. Materials Engineer, NanoAL

Joe is passionately devoted to establishing a sustainable energy future by developing advanced materials. He provides a diverse perspective informed by a broad scientific and engineering background, experience working in transdisciplinary and multi-institutional teams, and a solid foundation leading and managing technical research programs. He has a practical experience in non-equilibrium and solid-state metals processing, experience in physical metallurgy, microstructure and property evaluation, and experience developing and commercializing novel materials.

Roles & Responsibilities

Joe works closely with the CEO, CTO and CSO and the engineering team to develop and commercialize aluminum alloy solutions. The position manages and executes R&D programs, involving design, development and optimization of new aluminum alloys for specific applications. The work includes scientifically designing alloy composition and heat treatments, fabricating and characterizing prototype materials utilizing advanced instruments, scaling-up the developed materials at manufacturing plants, qualifying new processes and products in the target application space, and marketing new products. Projects include advanced aluminum alloys for 3D-Printing, corrosion- and heat-resistant sheets and extrusions, and powder metallurgy.

Education

Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

  • Master of Science, Graduated Summer 2016
    • Nuclear Materials Research Fellow, Nuclear Regulatory Commission: 2013
  • Bachelor of Science with a Physics Minor, Graduated Spring 2013
    • National Science Foundation, Scholarship Recipient: 2012

I worked for four years as a paid research assistant in Dr. Darryl P. Butt’s Advanced Materials Lab, which has facilities on the BSU campus, and at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, located on the Idaho National Lab campus in Idaho Falls, ID. As a Graduate Research Assistant my primary focus was on powder synthesis and processing, including metals, ceramics, cermets, nuclear fuels, and thermoelectrics for solid state energy conversion. As an Undergraduate Researcher, supervised by Dr. Michael F. Hurley, my primary focus was to develop the electrochemical techniques used to characterize corrosion of aluminum and magnesium alloys, linking nanoscale phenomenon to bulk properties.

Relevant Employment

Senior Materials Engineer, NanoAL LLC: March 2018 – Present

Materials Engineer, NanoAL LLC: Jan. 2017 – Feb. 2018

  • Lead the technical development of novel aluminum alloy powders for additive manufacturing and powder metallurgy, at the same time contributing to alloy development for cast and wrought products.
  • Work closely with senior management to develop product and commercial roadmaps and to inform strategic business decisions.
  • Support new product scale-up through a global network of manufacturing partners, researchers, and end-users.
  • Coordinate R&D activities with the engineering team, the operations team, and the business development teams across our facilities.
  • As Primary Investigator, I have written proposals and secured Department of Defense funding to conduct research.

Graduate Research Assistant, Boise State University: Fall 2013 – Dec. 2016

Undergraduate Researcher, Boise State University: Spring 2012 – Fall 2013

  • Utilized powder metallurgy practices to synthesize and process metal and ceramic nanopowders, including ball milling, sintering, hot pressing, and spark plasma sintering.
  • Characterized powders using pycnometry, laser scattering PSA, BET and XRD, and bulk materials using SEM and TEM, and tested electrical and mechanical performance of functional and structural materials.
  • As lab safety coordinator, I developed safe operating procedures for hazardous materials and process and worked closely with EH&S to implement university-wide practices.