Bethel, CT (Vocus/PRWEB) February 08, 2011
Matthias Mertmann, Ph.D., managing director of Memry Gmbh, the European unit of Memry, has been elected vice president and chief financial officer of the International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST). Mertmann began serving a two-year term on Jan. 1, 2011.
In keeping with STSM bylaws, at the end of his term, Mertmann will become president of the organization, and its first non-U.S. president. Among his goals will be to strengthen the European arm of SMST to accelerate the organization’s transformation to a global entity.
SMST is an organization of industry professionals, scientists and researchers dedicated to technical education on shape memory and superelastic materials. It serves as a forum where experts can find other experts on a niche material like nitinol and pursue discussions on overcoming technical obstacles.
Members also gain access to courses, papers, annual meeting presentations, newswires, scholarships and discussion groups. Additionally, SMST organizes the International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies, which will be held next in Hong Kong on Nov. 6 - 9, 2011.
“SMST is the most important organization in the world for engineers working with shape memory,” Mertmann said. “The personal relationships and the network provided by SMST make this organization so valuable, along with the technical support it provides to a small community.”
Decades of Experience
Mertmann’s interest in shape memory alloys dates back more than 20 years. He has an MS degree in mechanical engineering from the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, where as a student, he was already focused on the use of nitinol in non-medical applications. His Ph.D. thesis, written in 1997, was on the use of nitinol in actuators. This research formed the basis for Mertmann’s start of a business focused on nitinol called Memory-Metalle GmbH.
He served as owner and managing director of that company from 1998 to 2006, when he sold part of his business to SAES Getters. After SAES Getters also acquired Memry Corp. in 2008, the shareholders renamed Memory-Metalle GmbH as Memry GmbH, which Mertmann served as managing director.
Beyond founding a company based on nitinol technology, in 2000 Mertmann helped to found a German research center for shape memory technology (SFB 459), which now hosts more than 20 projects of scientific interest related to shape memory materials. He also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Bochum, where he offers a popular course on Shape Memory Alloys.
Mertmann had also previously served on the SMST board from 1994 to 2008, and it was partly through his work that SMST became an Affiliate Society of ASM International, its parent organization. As an ASM affiliate, SMST takes advantage of ASM’s administrative capabilities to enable volunteers to spend more time promoting shape memory technology.
Mertmann also organized and chaired the SMST 2004 conference in Baden-Baden/Germany, which was well received, and to which he attributes his name in the industry and recent election.
“In offering my industry, academic contacts, and a solid knowledge of both the material science of nitinol and its uses in medical and non-medical industries to SMST and its members, I hope to foster continued innovation in this field,” he said.
One important goal of Mertmann’s tenure will be the expansion of the non-U.S. membership of STSM by strengthening access to expertise and events across the globe. Because of its American roots, the organization today has more participation from U.S.-based companies. Mertmann hopes the International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST), coming to Prague in 2013, will be just one key attraction for increased participation by European businesses.
“There will be great value in making SMST a worldwide organization, with global perspective available to all members, and a greater likelihood that a member from any country will be able to find local experts to collaborate with,” Mertmann said.
Memry is a global leader in the invention and development of nitinol alloys and the manufacture of nitinol semi-finished forms and fabricated components. The company offers engineer-to-engineer support in both prototyping and production phases for component and device designers. With “melt to market” capabilities under one company roof, medical device and industrial customers benefit from precise control, predictability, transparency, and a streamlined process for nitinol products and solutions. Memry combines three companies – SAES Memry, SAES Smart Materials and Memry GmbH –and continues to tap the expertise of parent company SAES Getters. Memry maintains corporate offices as well as manufacturing facilities in Bethel, Conn.; its melting and mill products facility in New Hartford, N.Y.; and manufacturing centers in Menlo Park, Calif. and Weil am Rhein, Germany.
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