Our Staff


Larry Hanke, P.E. - CEO / Principal Engineer

Larry has 35+ years of experience in failure analysis, materials characterization, product evaluation, and research and development with expertise in engineering evaluation of failures in metallic and nonmetallic materials by deformation, fracture, corrosion, and wear. Larry has been performing forensic engineering evaluations and testifying as an expert witness for close to 30 years
Larry is active in multiple professional societies including ASM International where he is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. He is a Fellow of the Materials Society of ASM International and founding member of the Failure Analysis Society.

Favorite Pastime: Planting and harvesting garlic...lots of garlic.

 

Curriculum Vitae

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Kurt Schenk - LABORATORY MANAGER

Kurt has 25+ years of experience as a Metallurgical Technologist with expertise in metallographic sample preparation, microstructure evaluation, light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, microanalysis, and metallurgical testing.
Kurt specializes in laboratory evaluations and metallurgical testing to solve product and manufacturing problems for high-technology electronic and industrial clients and in the design of specialized testing to evaluate product performance and simulate failure mechanisms.

Favorite Pastime: Making stuff and gardening.

                                              

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Dieter Scholz - SENIOR SCIENTIST / QUALITY MANAGER

Dieter has been with MEE for 17+ years. His experience in the  laboratory includes analytical chemistry, materials characterization, product evaluation, and research and development. Dieter specializes in electrochemical corrosion testing, metallographic sample preparation, light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis, As Quality Manager, he ensures that the lab meets the quality requirements for instrumentation, calibration, auditing, and employee training and qualification.

                                              Favorite Pastime: Reading and traveling.

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Richard "Dick" Kielty - SENIOR METALLURGICAL ENGINEER

Dick joined our staff in 2011 but has been working as a  metallurgical engineer in Twin Cities metro area labs for almost 40 years.  His expertise in evaluation of failures, materials testing, and product evaluation has been gained through years of professional experience in the materials science field.

Favorite Pastime: Fishing for walleyes.

 

 

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Ryan Haase, P.E. - SENIOR MATERIALS ENGINEER

Ryan joined MEE in 2007. He has experience and expertise in the analysis and evaluation of failures in metallic and nonmetallic materials, materials characterization, product evaluation, and research and development..  Ryan provides clients with product support through failure analysis of industrial components, product development through component testing and material selection, and manufacturing  support through consultation on materials-related problems. Ryan is a founding member of the ASM Failure Analysis Society.

                                              Favorite Pastime: America's favorite pastime...Baseball!

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DAN GRICE, P.E. - SENIOR MATERIALS ENGINEER

Dan has been with MEE since December 2014. Dan provides clients with product support through failure analysis of industrial components, product development through component testing and material selection, and manufacturing  support through consultation on materials-related problems.  Dan is also very involved in ASM both on the local and national levels.  In 2016 he was named to the Board of Directors for the Failure Analysis Society  (FAS) of ASM International.

Favorite Pastime: Singing with the Great Northern Union Barbershop Chorus

 

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Neal Hanke, P.E. - MATERIALS ENGINEER

Neal was hired in 2012 as a Materials Engineer after graduating from Iowa State with a degree in Materials Science Engineering. Neal provides clients with product support through failure analysis of industrial components, product development through component testing and material selection, and manufacturing support through consultation on materials-related problems.

Favorite Pastime: Summer=Ultimate Frisbee, Winter=Nordic Skiing

 

 

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Tim Borell - MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIST

Tim has been with MEE for 15 years. Tim is a valuable team member with expertise in nondestructive testing methods, visual examination, metallographic sample preparation, microstructure examination, and mechanical testing. He also performs much of the calibration and maintenance of laboratory and testing equipment.

Favorite Pastime: Grandkids!

 

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Eric Schultz - ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Eric, hired in 2012, has 12+ years of experience and expertise in metallographic sample prep, microstructure evaluation, and product testing. Eric is instrumental in the design of  custom test apparatus involving mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic components and systems. He assists in the development of testing protocol, conducts the testing, and provides the valuable documents data needed to provide a detailed engineering report.

Favorite Pastime: Jet skiing on Minnesota Lakes.

 

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