Materials science and engineering alum Stephen Kachur ’13 has joined CPS Technologies, a producer of high-performance energy management components, as a senior scientist focused on product development, according to a press release

Kachur was most recently principal scientist at Physical Sciences, working on research and development of advanced composite structures for the aerospace and defense industries. He managed multiple Department of Defense–funded product development programs, including leveraging additive manufacturing for metal-ceramic composite joints and in-line inspection techniques for chemical vapor deposition coating processes. Previously, he was a senior metallurgical engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company, developing zirconium fuel products for accident tolerant nuclear reactors.

He holds a BS in materials science and engineering from Lehigh and went on to Carnegie Mellon University to earn both his MS and PhD in materials science and engineering.

CPS’ products and intellectual property include “critical pieces of the technology puzzle for electric trains and subway cars, wind turbines, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, the smart electric grid, [and] 5G infrastructure. The company’s armor products “provide exceptional ballistic protection and environmental durability at very light weight.”

“The addition of Steve to our company’s product development team is a significant step forward in CPS’ growth strategy of increasing and accelerating new product development activities for our customers,” says the company’s chief operating officer, Michael McCormack.