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WELCOME TO “IN OUR ELEMENT” 

A New Technical Article Series

By: Mike Gedeon, Customer Technical Services Manager, Materion Performance Alloys and Composites

As an engineer with more than 20 years of experience working with alloys and other advanced materials, I am most in my element when I am helping solve challenges to make current technologies better or to enable new ones. I am lucky enough to do that on the job every day as part of the Customer Technical Services (CTS) group.  With that being said, I would like to welcome you to our new video and article series, “In Our Element,” which will highlight the types of problems we solve—and the materials questions we are commonly asked.

The first article in the series will be posted this Thursday, September 10 and will focus on what makes a good spring material. Every few weeks, we will add another video and article, ranging in topics from heat treating copper-based alloys to connector current carrying capacity, to identifying the proper coefficient of friction—and many more. 

To give you more context, the CTS group is made up of three engineers—Jeff Campbell, Senior Customer Technical Services Engineer and Andrew Lee, Customer Technical Services Engineer—who work with me to handle about 50 to 100 calls and emails a week from customers looking to select, process and optimize the best alloys, clad metals or other advanced materials for their applications.  

Jeff has more than 25 years of engineering experience at Materion. He has spent most of his time as a process engineer, responsible for the production of the materials that you use. The first half of his career was dedicated to Materion’s copper alloy products, and the second half has been focused on the high purity beryllium metal products. He is now ready to put his extensive product knowledge to work for you. 

Andrew joined the company in 2019 out of the University of Michigan after obtaining a degree in Materials Science.  He will likely be the first person you talk to when you contact us and he is always eager to help.

My background includes two decades of work at Materion as both a CTS engineer and most recently, the Market Manager for Telecom and Servers and the Technology and Innovation Lead for Specialty Materials. My areas of focus have been in new product development as well as helping customers to select the right material for their application to ensure reliability and minimize costs. 

Our goal for this new series is to give you access to technical information and resources that benefit you in your daily work. If there are topics you would like to hear about, feel free to email me directly

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