Andrew J. Guenthner

Managing Director

Over 25 years of experience in government and industry – world-class expertise in polymer materials for applications in aerospace and defense, including structural composites, energy storage, electro-optics, and surfaces for extreme environments.

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Example Projects:

  • Technology strategy development
  • Technical management evaluations
  • Grant proposal development and review
  • Technology readiness assessments
  • R&D transitions to defense acquisition
  • Materials informatics system development
  • Physics-based simulation and modeling
  • Machine learning approaches for polymer science

Key Accomplishments:

  • Secured over $30M in Federal R&D grant funding for more than 20 innovative research projects in areas including:
    • Polymer-matrix composite resins
    • Polymer optical materials
    • Polymer materials for space environments
    • Formulations for solid rocket motor propellants
    • Informatics and computational discovery systems for polymer materials
  • Assisted 7 small businesses / start-ups with commercialization of polymer technology, from early phase commercial research grants including NSF and DoD SBIR’s through demonstration and transition to fielded systems use
  • Provided technical support for multiple successful venture capital funding events
  • Published 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, along with 68 peer-reviewed book chapters and conference papers
  • Inventor on 23 issued patents, several of which have been licensed for commercial use
  • Received 15 awards for scientific and technical excellence, including:
    • Department of Defense Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter – 2016
    • AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate Science and Technology Manager of the Year Award – 2016 
    • The University of Akron Distinguished Alumni Award – 2008
  • Created and led community service projects for non-profits and professional organizations including Oakland Art Murmur, OpenOakland (a Code for America chapter), and the American Chemical Society