Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer
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Mark Schaefer

Materials Scientist

Mark recently joined Free Form Fibers, filling the role of Materials Scientist. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University in 2020, and previously received his B.S. from the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2016. Mark’s graduate work focused on developing structurally modified amorphization-resistant boron carbide as a next-generation armor material candidate. He was responsible for creating characterization methods to determine the new materials structure and evaluate its mechanical properties and performance under elevated temperatures and pressures. Mark’s work was funded by the DoD, NSF, DARPA, and NATO, and led initiatives to deliver new materials to other research groups and the Army Research Labs for further classification and testing. He has given over 20 technical talks in his graduate career and is featured on 2 publications. He is also a member of the American Ceramic Society. At Free Form Fibers, Mark is responsible for new materials development and testing efforts, looking at the fibers mechanical properties to help optimize fiber production and performance.