Face to Face
Meet Kent Hutchings, Technical Manager for New Product Development. Kent has been with Materion for five years and is currently working on sputtering targets for thin film deposition and thermal interface materials for microelectronic applications. He is located in our Milwaukee, WI facility and reports to Katie Gardinier, Materion Advanced Materials Director of Technology.
Commenting on his time at Materion, Kent appreciates the opportunity to work with a wide range of new materials and processes. He says, “Finding new ways of doing things keeps things really interesting!” He also enjoys engaging people with a diverse set of background experiences and perspectives from around the company.
Currently living in Milwaukee, Kent previously spent time in Pennsylvania while working on his MS in Materials Engineering with a ceramics focus and recently graduated from Marquette University with a Masters in Business Administration. His career background included US Air Force industry-funded program work as a ceramic engineer. He handled such responsibilities as powder processing, tape casting, lamination, sintering, characterization, and electrochemical testing of oxygen separation membrane devices. After several years of work in those areas, he took on technical management of the program.
On a personal note, Kent and wife Britney share a family of five children ranging in age from six to sixteen years. Having grown up in Hurricane, Utah near Zion National Park contributed to Kent’s love of outdoors activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting and gardening – plus his favorite sport soccer! He also enjoys exploring new places and learning about new technologies.