About MCET Technologies
MCET (Multifunctional Composites and Engineered Textiles) Technologies is a spin-off company from the University of Delaware, Center for Composite Materials and Department of Mechanical Engineering. We focus on developing and commercializing textiles and advanced composite materials that are engineered with state-of-the-art nanostructured materials. Our major applications include smart textiles, wearable flexible and comfortable to wear sensors for rehabilitation monitoring and for structural health monitoring.
Our technology is based on 20+ years of research in the co-founder’s laboratory (Thostenson) at the University of Delaware focused on processing and characterization of nanostructured materials and their composites. MCET Technologies leverages over $3M in federal research funding from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, Federal Highway Administration and National Institutes of Health along with industrial grants and collaboration awarded to Professor Thostenson's research group.
Dr. Erik T. Thostenson
President and Co-Founder
Dr. Thostenson is faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware with an affiliated appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Thostenson's research focuses on processing and characterization of composite materials based on carbon nanotubes, graphene, and advanced fiber reinforcements toward the development of multifunctional composites. During the course of the research, he has developed novel processing and characterization techniques for the development of structure/property relationships and in situ sensors in nanotube-reinforced polymer and ceramic composites. His research has been cited more than 18,000 times in the scientific literature (Google Scholar). He has been PI of major research programs funded by NSF, FHWA, AFOSR, and ONR.
Thostenson has collaborated with industry on various research projects and has 4 issued patents. He has been a part of multiple successful SBIR/STTR grants. Professor Thostenson has participated in NSF I-Corp Sites and Teams and advises a post-doctoral researcher funded through the Blue Hen Proof-of-Concept fund at the University of Delaware for accelerating the development of carbon nanomaterials-based sensing skins for structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure. He has recently been awarded an NSF-Partnerships for Innovation grant (PFI) for accelerating commercialization of his research based on carbon nanotube-based sensors for infrastructure applications.
Dr. Sagar Doshi
Dr. Doshi completed his Ph.D. defense in spring 2020 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on processing and characterization of nanomaterial-based hierarchical composites. Doshi has collaborated extensively with researchers from Civil Engineering, Biomechanics and Electrical Engineering to develop novel solutions for structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure and low-cost wearable sensors for human motion analysis. Sagar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering where he was a part of a Formula SAE team and co-lead a group of 40 students to build a single seater race car.
Sagar has been involved with the University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship and their Venture Development Center for the past 3 years and has participated in various pitch competitions. He placed 1st in the North Eastern Bioengineering Conference business pitch competition at Rutgers University and was a semi-finalist at the Hen Hatch University of Delaware pitch competition
Mr. Bryan is a marketer and business development analyst with 20 years of experience of market research and analysis, concept design, Voice of the Customer, and product launches in industrial and and composite markets.
A Black Belt in Voice of the Customer market research, Mr. Bryan has utilized an extensive knowledge of customer needs to develop products and strategies in industrial B2B and B2C markets.