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April 2019 Trustee Visit

  • April 23, 2019
  • Ivar's Salmon House
  • Seattle , WA , USA


April Newsletter

Our Tuesday April 23, 2019 meeting:


Trustee's Night and Past Presidents' Night

Ferrium M54 - ICME, Development from Genome to Flight


Dr. Sebastian will present a “success story” overview of the development of QuesTek’s new ultra-high strength, high performance structural steel, Ferrium® M54™. The development of this alloy was sponsored under a U.S. Navy-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. A variety of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) - and “Accelerated Insertion of Materials (AIM)”-type computational models were employed during the design and development of M54, and highlights will be presented. M54’s overall development progressed from a clean sheet design in 2007 to a precise chemical composition in less than one year, and the first 10-ton VIM/VAR ingot was produced the following year. An Aerospace Material Specification (AMS 6516) was issued two years later, and inclusion in the MMPDS handbook for A- and B- basis design minima was approved in December 2013. QuesTek coordinated the production and qualification of hook shank components made from M54 that were successfully flight tested in December 2014. Highlights will be presented from a recent (August 2016) National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded case study (carried out by Nexight Group and Energetics Incorporated) detailing overall timeline of the successful development of M54 and its application to U.S. Navy hook shanks. Results and data for M54 will be presented from throughout the alloy development process, with a focus on the properties that distinguish it from legacy materials. Highlights of recent M54 application and commercialization activities will also be presented.


Dr. Jason T. Sebastian

President QuesTek Innovations LLC


Dr. Jason T. Sebastian Trustee (2018-2021) Dr. Jason T. Sebastian President QuesTek Innovations LLC Evanston, IL Jason T. Sebastian, Ph.D. is the President of QuesTek Innovations LLC. QuesTek Innovations is a small business in Evanston, IL focused on the computational design, development, and insertion of new alloys and materials using Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) methodologies. Sebastian also serves on the Board of Directors of QuesTek Europe AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a joint venture company formed by QuesTek Innovations LLC and Thermo-Calc Software AB that offers ICME modelling and materials design services to the European market. Sebastian is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy. After a year of postgraduate study at Cambridge University (Churchill College) with the support of a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University under the supervision of Prof. David Seidman and with the support of a Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. At QuesTek, Sebastian is focused on overall company growth and management, and on the entire spectrum of commercial- and government-sponsored alloy modeling, development, and deployment activities. Since joining QuesTek in 2006, his technical activities have focused on: the development of high strength steels for structural and power transmission applications; precipitation-strengthened cobalt-based alloys; alloys for additive manufacturing; non-toxic, high-strength/low-friction copper-based alloys to replace lead-containing bronzes; a low-cost, castable titanium alloy; a highly-processable nickel-based superalloy; advanced soft magnetic alloys; and other computationally-designed alloys. Sebastian has been the author/co-author on numerous technical papers and publications, and he holds two patents. His ASM International service includes terms as Vice-Chair (2015-2016), Chair (2016-2017), and Membership Chair (2017-2018) of the Chicago Regional Chapter, and a term as the “District 13 Representative” on the Chapter Council (2017-2018).

Address: Ivar's Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle 

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM Social, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Presentation

Food: Please select: Coho Salmon, Chicken Marsala, Penne Pasta Promodoro (Vegetarian). Meals include Ivar's Classic Caesar salad and corn bread muffins.

Cost: $20 General, $10 Students, Past Presidents free



Contact Mary Davis at (425-879-7818) by Friday April 19, 2019.


Cameran Whalen  (chair of the local chapter of ASME, has invited ASMI members to a Saturday 4/13 "Engineers and Beers" event at Georgetown Brewing.

Check out the eventbrite page for more information:


May 14th, 2018: Fun Tour/Tasting TBD


• Rebecca Ahern [Chair]

• Keith Anderson [Vice Chair]

• Robert Kearney [Secretary]

• Mary Davis [Treasurer]

Further Your Knowledge


Data-Driven Materials Manufacturing (in partnership with the Colorado School of Mines), August 19-21, 2019

Aug 19, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019

Branden Kappes, Ph.D.

ASM World Headquarters - Materials Park,
Novelty, OH, USA

Metallurgy for Additive Manufacturing, July 22-25, 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019

Daniel P. Dennies, Ph.D, FASM and Howard Kuhn, Ph.D, FASM

ASM World Headquarters - Materials Park,
Novelty, OH, USA

Stainless Steels, July 23-26, 2019

Jul 23, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019

Dr. Robert L. Freed, PhD, FASM

ASM World Headquarters - Materials Park,
Novelty, OH, USA