Chief Science Officer Dr. Greg Olson Returns to MIT

QuesTek Innovations LLC, a leading developer of metal alloys, announced that its co-founder and board member, Professor Greg Olson, has returned to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as Thermo-Calc Professor of the Practice. Previously, Dr. Olson was a full-tenured professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.

Called the “father of materials design” by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Olson and his work has led to the rapid design and development of materials through computational modeling and simulation. As co-founder and Chief Science Officer of QuesTek Innovations, his leadership and systems have resulted in the development of high-performance metal alloys being used in aerospace, defense, oil and gas and high-performance automotive applications. Dr. Olson’s renewed affiliation with MIT will expand the research assets available to QuesTek and its clients.

According to Dr. Jason Sebastian, QuesTek President, “This is an exciting time for Greg. His role as QuesTek Chief Science Officer will be enhanced with more of his time devoted to working with the QuesTek team. In addition, in his new position at MIT, Greg will be collaborating with other top material science researchers, which benefits everyone.” Greg’s departure from Northwestern does not affect the QuesTek’s close relationship with the University’s industrial outreach program and its Materials Science and Engineering department and facilities.

Dr. Olson received his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. He has been honored with election to National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), Fellowship in TMS, and the ASM International Gold Medal. His approach to materials design has been highlighted in numerous technology reports, including a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) / Materials Genome Initiative success story on design and deployment of Ferrium M54 steel into US Navy applications.