— President & CTO
Blake is predominantly responsible for providing strategic leadership for Essentium by directing the company’s senior-executive team, managing organizational performance, and establishing long-range business goals, strategies, plans and policies. Blake also directly leads Essentium’s technologies team, which performs advanced R&D, makes prototype materials, and has a proven track record of commercialization.
Prior to his role at Essentium, Blake served as a Senior Design Engineer at Caterpillar Inc. where he had design control for multiple hydraulic assemblies. Blake also worked on the team tasked with new materials development including heat-treatments for high-alloy metallics, specialized high-pressure seals and other elastomerics. Blake has also worked for John Deere Power Systems and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Blake holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University, with a specific focus in polymeric nanocomposites. In his free time, Blake enjoys traveling with his wife, woodworking, mountain biking, golf and skiing.