We congratulate one of the top researchers in the field of developing, processing and characterizing novel bulk metallic alloys and composites on the years of dedicated service he has given to Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc.
The question for shareholders is why the Company did not announce this at the shareholders meeting on November 15th and describe what process is ongoing to seek a successor. This is a material event in the loss of the lead key person in Liquidmetal Technologies R & D department.
Atakan Peker, Ph.D., joined the Applied Sciences Laboratory of Washington State University, Spokane, Washington in August as senior scientist and director of advanced materials. His research focus is the development of novel alloys and composites for practical applications. The scope of his material research includes the study of mechanical and dynamic properties, chemical/corrosion properties, and net-shape forming of advanced materials. His work at ASL will be focused on the development, processing, and characterization of novel alloys and composites for client-specific applications.
Peker has received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. During his Ph.D. thesis, he worked on the development of bulk amorphous alloys and discovered Zr-Ti base Vitreloy series alloys, which are considered the most processable bulk amorphous alloys to date and are currently commercially produced for casings of consumer electronics. Bulk amorphous alloys, also known as bulk metallic glasses, are a new class of engineering alloys that have a broad scope of applications from industrial coatings to fine jewelry.
Prior to joining ASL, Peker served as the vice president of technology at Liquidmetal Technologies. He has 14 years of research and materials processing experience with over 30 patents issued or pending.
Source: Washington State University, Spokane, WA Applied Sciences Lab