Richard G. Rateick, Jr., PE is a registered engineer in Indiana. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a second major in Chemistry, and then from The University of Notre Dame with a Master of Materials Science and Engineering. His thesis was on crystallographic texture development during thermo-mechanical processing (isothermal forging) of a titanium aluminide alloy. This project involved extensive x-ray diffraction, microstructure analysis and fractography. He performed materials R&D at Honeywell Aerospace for 33 years, where he collaborated with leading US and Canadian universities to develop novel electroplate and anodic coatings, antioxidant coatings for carbon-carbon, mechanical property mechanistic models and tribological solutions for a wide range of products. Now he owns REXP2 Research LLC, a consulting and R&D firm, and is an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At REXP2 Research he is currently engaged in materials selection and failure analysis for agricultural machinery, and research on electrowetting of nonporous materials. He has collaborated with UIUC on proposals for work on additive manufacturing of ceramic matrix composites and on neutron damage in graphite. He holds 15 patents and has authored and coauthored 46 papers in the peer reviewed literature. He has delivered professional development seminars to technical societies on the subjects of: Electrochemical Corrosion Theory; Ashby Methods of Materials Selection for Design; Building Win-Win Company-University Collaborations; 19th Century Iron and Steel Making.  

We maintain access, at very low cost through the owner of REXP2 Research LLC, to a well equipped optical microscopy laboratory capable of analyzing metallurgical and biological specimens in both transmission as well as reflection modes and a ca. 5000 volume technical research library.