Jacob D. Fuerst

Senior Consultant / Ph.D., P.E. / Charlotte


Dr. Fuerst is a licensed professional engineer with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Science. Dr. Fuerst has 15 years of experience in fields including physical metallurgy, polymer engineering, failure analysis, corrosion mitigation, heat treating, ceramic coatings, finishing, traditional and additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, metal injection molding, biomedical engineering, research and development for the aerospace and defense industries, firearms, ammunition and propellants, high-temperature materials, thermal spray, and the petrochemical industry.

Dr. Fuerst began his consulting career evaluating a diverse range of subjects, including general aviation and rotary-wing aircraft crashes, heavy equipment breakage, railway rolling stock, and with a particular focus in biomedical implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements, fracture fixation devices, and cardiovascular implants. He has experience with a wide variety of biomedical- and aerospace-grade materials such as titanium alloys, nickel alloys, stainless steels, cobalt alloys, biocompatible polymers, and ceramics.

Dr. Fuerst was the senior metallurgist for the Remington Outdoor Company where he was responsible for all materials-related issues for both new product development and manufacturing of firearms and ammunition, including steel, aluminum, brass, and glass-filled polymers. He developed processes for heat treatment and diffusion hardening of steel components, such as carburizing and ferritic nitrocarburizing. He transitioned to the aerospace and defense industry developing materials and coatings for NASA, private commercial space launch companies, and the DOD. His focus was high-temperature oxidative resistant materials for reentry and hypersonic applications, such as iridium, ruthenium, and other platinum group elements and oxides.

Dr. Fuerst has extensive experience in materials testing and metallurgical analysis with a background in materials characterization and failure analysis in powder metallurgy and additively manufactured components. He has also worked with energetic materials and engaged in high strain rate dynamic testing.

Education and Certifications

• Chemical Engineering, B.S.: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
• Materials Engineering and Science, M.S.: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
• Materials Engineering and Science, Ph.D.: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
• Welding and Industrial Technology: Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Campus
• ASM International Principles of Failure Analysis Course
• ASM International Chicago Regional Chapter Introduction to Failure Analysis Short Course
• ASM International Interpretation of Microstructures Course
• Registered Professional Engineer: Alabama