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ChE Seminar: Additive Manufacturing at HRL, Zak Eckel '09 & Hunter Martin


14/16/18 International Village

October 17, 2017 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
October 17, 2017 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Revolutionizing Additive Manufacturing Through Material Science: A Look at HRL's Latest Developments and Co-op Opportunities

Join Zak Eckel '09 and Hunter Martin to learn about their work in additive manufacturing at HRL Laboratories. They will also highlight work of past co-ops at HRL. Pizza will be served.


Zak Eckel, Research Staff Member at HRL Labs, LLC.

Zak earned his MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Southern California (2016) and BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Northeastern University (2009). Zak currently leads HRL’s photopolymer formulation and lightweight cellular structure technical areas. At HRL, he recently demonstrated the world’s first additive manufacturing of flaw-free ceramics via stereolithography of binder-less preceramic polymers. Zak has also managed HRL materials research in other novel additive manufacturing fields, including automated manufacturing of photopolymer matrix composites and deposition of preceramic polymer CMCs. Before joining HRL, Zak developed processes for the world’s only spin-coat and CMOS compatible carbon nanotube dispersions for use in CNY based computer memory at Nantero, Inc.

J. Hunter Martin, Research Staff Member at HRL Labs, LLC.

Hunter earned a BS in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Washington (2009) and is currently working towards a PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Hunter currently leads HRL’s metal additive manufacturing efforts focusing on enabling new metal alloys through control of solidification phenomenon at the nano-scale. He recently demonstrated the world’s first crack-free additively manufactured high strength aluminum alloy with comparable strength to the most common standard wrought aluminum alloys. Prior to joining HRL, Hunter worked on developing nanostructure metal alloys using electrodeposition technologies.