About Us

Materials Evaluation and Engineering, Inc. (MEE) was founded in 1995 by current CEO and principal engineer, Larry Hanke, to fill a local need for an independent, high-quality, materials characterization laboratory for advanced materials and critical components. MEE rapidly developed into a leading material testing and failure analysis laboratory in the Upper Midwest. Referrals from satisfied customers have generated a steady growth of new projects and clients from across the country and internationally.

Our laboratory space has expanded four times since our inception with the latest expansion and remodel completed in early 2019. We are constantly evaluating and adding new testing equipment, procedures and laboratory space to provide the best service to our customers.

But it’s not just rooms of high-tech equipment that has fueled MEE’s growth. Our team of professional engineers, scientists and technicians add value to every project with advanced subject knowledge, technical expertise and a customer service driven approach to excellence. Partnership with the customer is essential and primary in MEE’s work as both parties bring perspectives to the table that are needed to achieve the best materials solutions.

Key benefits to partnering with MEE:

  • Our partnership and dedication in solving clients challenges
  • Our in-depth industry experience with a wide variety of metals and polymers
  • Our fundamental understanding of materials behavior, including mechanical and corrosion failure mechanisms
  • Our focused, expert analysis methods and detailed thorough reports
  • Our state-of-the-art testing and analysis laboratories

Mission Statement:

“Our objective at MEE is to work in partnership with clients to develop practical, cost-effective solutions to materials-related problems. MEE achieves this by the innovative application of traditional and advanced analytical methods combined with sound engineering.”

Our clients appreciate the personable, knowledgeable and professional service they receive every time they call or come into our office.



"This is great information, and will definitely help us in determining the next steps. Thank you for the thorough review, and for getting to this so quickly".
Manufacturing Process Engineer

"Very well done and concise. The summary was excellent while the report provided plenty of high level information for our local engineer versed in corrosion. Top notch job."
Industrial Client

"Very thorough and exactly the information needed to pursue a correction to this situation."
Industrial Client

"Everyone I have shown your report to thinks this was money well spent and the level of detail and info was excellent."
Manufacturing Engineer

Working with your company was a very good experience, you solved our challenges and communicated with us in an extremely timely and efficient manner. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Industrial Engineering Client

"I really appreciate getting the information so quickly! That helps our root-cause work tremendously."
Engineer - Power Generation Industry

"Thank you for conducting and summarizing your analysis for us. We appreciate the time that you put into this investigation and will utilize your findings in our investigation."
Research Engineer

"Excellent report and thank you for the quick turn around on the report."
Materials Engineer, Power Generation Company

"Thank you for your timely work on this project. MEE never disappoints."
R&D Engineer, Medical Device Company

"I really appreciated your quick response & availability for the recent PCB lapping analysis MEE provided for us"
Quality Engineer

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