President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Paratore has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the general management, operations and business development arenas for products ranging from superconductor wire to aircraft engines. Prior to joining NanoSteel, Mr. Paratore was president and COO of American Superconductor (AMSC) after having served as the general manager for each of AMSC’s three divisions. Before AMSC, Mr. Paratore was an account executive for Growth Consulting focused on the implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles within medium sized industrial companies. Initially, Mr. Paratore held positions of increasing responsibility with United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines in the areas of business development and operations management, culminating in the general manager role of a business startup. Mr. Paratore’s successes include the achievement of profitability for two businesses - a high technology electric motor business and a power electronics business - and the creation of a jet engine overhaul business. He has served as a member of the Industrial Advisory Council for Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems (FSU-CAPS) and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UMass Amherst College of Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst and his Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. Mr. Paratore is an avid cyclist and hiker.
Dr. Daniel Branagan
Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Branagan is a founder of NanoSteel. He led the team at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) that developed Super Hard Steel® (SHS). Dr. Branagan earned his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Iowa State University. Prior to joining NanoSteel as a founder in 2002, Dr. Branagan was a research scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Dr. Branagan has won numerous awards for his accomplishments, including: 2012 R&D 100 Award for “New Class of High Strength Nanostructured Stainless Steel for Large Scale Industrial Components” 2009 R&D 100 Award for Development of “Hardmetal Alternative Wear Plate Technology: Super Hard Steel Wear Plate” 2007 R&D 100 Award for Development of “Hardmetal Alternative Technology” INL Lifetime Achievement Award for Inventorship, Idaho Falls National Laboratory USDOE, 2005; Professional Progress in Energy Award from Iowa State University, 2005; Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer awarded at the Mission Driven Partnerships National Meeting in Orlando, 2005; R&D 100 Award for developing “Revolutionary Nanocomposite Coatings For High Performance Industrial Applications From Low-Cost Wire Feedstock,” 2004; World Technology Award Nominee and delegate to World Technology Summit, 2003; Outstanding Young Alumni Award at Michigan Technological University, 2003; TR100 Award for selection by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as one of the top 100 innovators under age 35 in the world, 2002; R&D 100 Award for Development of “Super Hard Steel Coatings,” 2001; TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) Young Leader Award in the Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials Division, 2000; Top Performance Award, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies, 1999; “Great Advances in Scientific Discovery” nominated by The Science Coalition and presented to the 105th Congress for research on rare earth permanent magnets, 1998; Top Performance Award, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies in 1998; R&D 100 Award for Development of “Nanocrystalline Composite Coercive Magnet Powder,” 1997; and BES (Basic Energy Science) Materials Sciences Award for “Significant Implication For Department of Energy Related Technologies,” 1996. Dr. Branagan holds 75 granted patents in materials and has been published in more than 100 peer reviewed journal and technical publications. Dr. Branagan has consistently distinguished himself as the leader in the field of developing nanoscale microstructures in bulk materials and amorphous metallic glass formation. His work in this area began with his patented Ph.D. thesis work in designing high energy density nanoscale permanent magnet materials and continued through the patented development of rare earth neutron absorbing materials that could be formed into metallic glasses. Dr. Branagan was recognized in the 2002 Forbes Special Anniversary Big Ideas Issue as “one of the important innovators of our time, one of 15 people who will reinvent the future” and selected by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as one of the top 100 “brilliant young innovators” in the world whose work will have “a deep impact on how we live, work, and think in the century to come”.
Vice President and General Manager - Engineered Powders
Mr. Lemke has more than 20 years of experience in managing and growing advanced metal, ceramics, plastics, composites and specialty chemicals materials businesses in oil & gas, energy, automotive and various other industries. Prior to joining NanoSteel, Mr. Lemke was global vice president materials marketing at Sulzer-Metco, a $650M high-performance coatings division of Sulzer Ltd., where he was responsible for directing marketing and management of six product lines and assisting with acquisitions by identifying and conducting due diligence on potential targets. Previous to this, Lemke was with Kennametal, where he rose from chief operating officer & general manager of the company’s Powdermet subsidiary to new business development manager at the Kennametal’s headquarters office. Prior to this, Lemke was director of business development and strategic planning at ConocoPhillips, financial and strategic analyst at Air Liquide and senior research chemist at Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals, L.P. Lemke received his Master degree in chemistry from the Technical University in Clausthal in Germany, Master of Business Administration from Rice University and Ph.D. in technical chemistry from RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
President of Automotive
Mr. Parsons is an expert in automotive parts and production. He has more than 20 years of global executive leadership and expertise in global supply chain solutions, manufacturing processes and new product development. Mr. Parsons is widely recognized in the automotive industry for bringing leading light-weighting steel technologies such as laser welded blanks and tubes, roll-forming and hot-stamping to OEMs. Prior to joining NanoSteel, Mr. Parsons was vice president of sales and business development for Gestamp North America where he was responsible for coordinating North American sales and R&D with his global counterparts. Previous to this, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Noble International, Ltd, including serving as president after he was executive vice president of global sales and marketing, which included management responsibility of the company’s Asian business unit. During his more than 16-year tenure with Noble, Mr. Parsons was responsible for developing and maintaining multiple international and joint ventures in China, Thailand, Australia, Mexico and Japan. Mr. Parsons received his Bachelor of Science in marketing and public relations from Eastern Michigan University, an Master of Science in supply chain management with a concentration in operations from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit.