Category Archives: Materials Science Engineers

Larry Hanke,P.E. and Neal Hanke, P.E. will be presenting a talk on the role of the metallurgical engineer in fire investigations at an October 12 educational seminar in Lakeville, MN. The seminar is directed at fire investigators, insurance professionals and lawyers to highlight the importance of laboratory testing  of artifacts in a successful investigation.

Larry Hanke, P.E.

Neal Hanke, P.E.

Larry and Neal will provide their expertise on:

  1. A fundamental understanding of how structural and electrical materials behave at elevated temperatures.
  2. How material behaves under stress.
  3. How to evaluate component failures that may contribute to fire and explosion
  4. A better understanding of how to identify electrical arcing
  5. How anomalous material behavior can lead to incorrect conclusions about the conditions during a fire

Last Thursday we hosted thirty high school students at MEE  as part of a week-long Materials Science Camp sponsored by the MN Chapter of ASM International.  Under the direction of  industry and academic based “Materials Mentors”, students learned about the process of running a failure analysis investigation. MEE provided a space for the students to get hands on experience with sample preparation, Rockwell hardness testing, light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.



Three of our staff, Larry Hanke, Kurt Schenk and Neal Hanke, were  camp mentors. This was MEE’s twelfth year sponsoring the camp.

Materials Characterization Seminar

posted February 2018

Neal Hanke, P.E.

Dieter Scholz

Senior Scientist, Dieter Scholz and Materials Engineer, Neal Hanke will be speaking at the Minnesota chapter of ASM 2018 seminar in Brooklyn Park, MN on February 28. The Materials Characterization Seminar is an opportunity to learn about the most recent developments in advanced characterization techniques and their practical applications.

Dieter will be speaking on Broad Beam Ion Milling in Sample Preparation and Neal’s presentation is on the Determination of Nitinol Transformation Temperatures by the Bend and Free Recovery Method.

MEE Senior Materials Engineer, Dan Grice, was just named to the Board of Directors for the Failure Analysis Society  (FAS) of ASM International.  Dan will be acting as liaison to the FAS Membership Committee. Among his goals will be to develop programs within FAS to increase membership and improve services for the emerging professionals demographic.

“The Failure Analysis Society is the newest affiliate society from ASM International. Founded in 2016, this society is dedicated to advancing the important role failure analysis plays in the materials science industry. We aim to promote more safe, reliable products by study of the many ways in which failures occur and to educate the larger engineering, manufacturing, and user communities regarding our findings.”


Testing to Industry Standards

posted August 2016

We added a new page to our website, Testing to Industry Standards. Select ASTM test methods we have experience with are listed. The list is by no means all inclusive. If you don’t see the test method you require, contact us. We will work with you to interpret test methods and identify those tests we can perform or assist in identifying the appropriate test method for your particular project. We can even design custom test programs when required.

Microhardness Test

Microhardness Testing

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has proclaimed August 3rd as Professional Engineers Day. Here’s to the PE’s on staff at MEE; Larry Hanke, Richard Kielty, Ryan Haase and Dan Grice.

From the NSPE:

“For engineers, licensure is required in order to submit plans to a public authority for approval, to work as a consultant, or to be in responsible charge of engineering work. It is a means of ensuring standards of professional competency through a rigorous combination of education, experience, and examination.”

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For those of you interested in history, the NSPE  published an article a few years ago on the history of professional engineer licensing that is worth a read.




Failure Analysis Society

posted July 2016

“ASM International (ASM), the world’s largest association of metals-focused materials professionals, has launched a new affiliate society, the Failure Analysis Society (FAS). The society is dedicated to advancing the important role failure analysis plays in the materials science industry.”

Congratulations to MEE Materials Science Engineers Larry Hanke, Ryan Haase, and Dan Grice who have been selected as founding members of the Society.

What are the benefits to working with an engineer or scientist who is actively involved in their professional society?  You know you are working with someone who has an interest in sustaining and advancing their field, places a high level of importance on professionalism and ethics and is keeping up-to-date on trends and best practices.
FAS member




Congratulations to CEO and Principal Engineer, Larry Hanke,  who was nominated for the ASM International Board of Trustees. Larry has chaired two local chapters and served on four national committees including chair of the Handbook Committee and Failure Analysis Committee. He is also a member of three ASM Affiliate Societies, the Shape Memory and Super-elastic Technologies Society, Failure Analysis Society and International Metallographic Society.

Nominees for the ASM Board are selected by the ASM Nominating Committee and will be voted on at the ASM Annual Business Meeting during MS&T16 in Salt Lake City.


MEE Hires Second Intern

posted June 2016

Welcome to summer intern, Josh Polzin. Josh will be a freshman in the college of engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor this fall. We met Josh last summer when he was a high school senior attending the Minnesota ASM materials science camp. Students spend one day of the camp in the MEE laboratory learning about and using scanning electron microscopes, Rockwell hardness testers, microhardness testers and a variety of light microscopes.  Apparently, Josh liked we he saw here at MEE and talked with principal engineer, Larry Hanke,  about a possible internship.   We were pleased to have the opportunity and resources to hire a second intern for the summer. Working under the direction of a materials engineer, Josh will be testing alternative procedures for cold mounting metallographic specimens among other projects in the MEE metallographic laboratory.