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.


Materials Science Camp 2016

posted June 2016

Thirty high school students spent a day 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 education based “Materials Mentors”, students got hands-on experience solving a materials failure analysis project. Three on our staff, Larry Hanke, Kurt Schenk and Neal Hanke, were  camp mentors. This was MEE’s tenth year sponsoring the camp.

Shown in the pictures below are students preparing samples in the metallographic lab, viewing samples in the SEM, performing Rockwell hardness testing and consulting ASM handbooks in the library. On the last day of camp they presented a report on the possible root cause of the failure with recommendations for solutions to the problem.

Metallographic Lab at MEE

SEM Lab at MEE

Library at MEERockwell Hardness Testing

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.



New Laboratory Service

posted June 2016

Materials Evaluation and Engineering, Inc. has added testing to ASTM standard  F2082 to its list of laboratory services. This test provides a rapid and economical method for the determination of transformation temperature for Nickel-Titanium shape memory alloy, also known as Nitinol.

Nitinol’s unique shape-memory and superelastic properties lends itself to a wide variety of uses in medical and industrial fields. Results from the test determining the temperature when phase change occurs provide data applicable to the ultimate use and performance of the material.

Contact us for more information.