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Company Information:

Company Name: Metis Design Corporation
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (617) 661-5616

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,207,822.00 12
SBIR Phase II $3,339,198.00 5
STTR Phase I $869,848.00 7
STTR Phase II $2,985,843.00 3

Award List:

Intelligent Multi-Sensing Structural Health Monitoring Infrastructure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, President
Award Amount: $99,946.00
RI Contact: Donald Sadoway
Abstract:
Structural health monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology leading to the development of systems capable of continuously monitoring structures for damage, with minimal human intervention. There are several components required to design a successful SHMsystem, including sensors, communication and… More

STTR Phase I: Packaging of Structural Health Monitoring Micro-Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: University of Toledo
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will develop a novel class of coatings, initially for hard turning cutting tool application, using a new hybrid coating technology. Specifically, it is proposed to develop cubic boron nitride-titanium nitride (cBN-TiN)… More

Intelligent Multi-Sensing Structural Health Monitoring Infrastructure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Brian Wardle
Abstract:
Structural health monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology leading to the development of systems capable of continuously monitoring structures for damage, with minimal human intervention. There are several components required to design a successful SHM system, including sensors, communication and… More

Power Replenishment Patch for Spacecraft Health Monitoring Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
Metis Design Corporation (MDC) proposes the development of a strain-based power replenishment technology to harvest energy for recharging remote sensors. MDC has been working to development of a structural health monitoring (SHM) device, which essentially evolves the embedding of sets of sensors… More

Software Tool for Composite Durability Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler
Award Amount: $99,926.00
RI Contact: Paul A. Lagace
Abstract:
Durability is the effect of time dependant processes, including fatigue, creep, moisture absorption, thermal-oxidation, abrasion, chemical reactions and physical ageing on mechanical properties. The ability to predict accurately the durability of composite materials and structures is critical to… More

Limited Access Precision Drilling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kristin Jugenheimer, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $79,661.00
Abstract:
The complex structural and assembly design of the F-35 requires precision hole drilling in areas with limited human access. Current drilling methods are limited to small, handheld, right-angle power-feed drill motors and manual, non-power-feed drill motors, which may compromise operator safety and… More

WHFM/MS-DIARY: An Integrated Wearable Hot Flash Monitor and Portable Electronic D

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ranga Narayanaswami
Award Amount: $238,250.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): WHFM/MS-DIARY: An Integrated Wearable Hot Flash Monitor and Portable Electronic Diary for Menopausal Symptomatology Summary The majority of American women transitioning through the menopause will experience hot flashes and night sweats. These vasomotor symptoms… More

Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
Composites present additional challenges for inspection due to their heterogeneity and anisotropy, the fact they fail by interacting modes, and since often damage occurs beneath their surface. Currently successful laboratory non-destructive methods, such as X-ray and C-scans, are impractical for… More

ASPIRE: A Survivable, Programmable, Integrated Recorder for Experiments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Fuzes present a challenging environment, subjected to impulsive inertial loading ranging from 30-100 kilo-g's for under a millisecond. Custom recorders are used to record the function of fuze components during impact, however data is vulnerable due to volatile memory, the devices lack flexible… More

Aircraft Sensor-Logger with Power Replenishment Capabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Traditional instrumentation of an aircraft is a complex and time-consuming chore. Once the sensors are installed, long wires for power and data must be routed through to a central data collection location where several large off-the-shelf electronic components reside, adding weight, cost and… More

Health Monitoring of Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Enhanced Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Brian Wardle
Abstract:
Composites present additional challenges for inspection due to their heterogeneity and anisotropy, the fact they fail by interacting modes, and since damage often occurs beneath their surface. Currently successful laboratory non-destructive methods, such as X-ray and C-scans, are impractical for… More

Cable-Free Sensor-Bus for Large Area Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Traditional structural health monitoring (SHM) methods have been limited due to the implied infrastructure, including wires for power and communication from each sensor to data acquisition units. Presently, Metis Design Corporation (MDC) has demonstrated the patented technique of… More

Model-Augmented Pattern Recognition for Damage Detection in Aerospace Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, President
Award Amount: $749,959.00
Abstract:
Currently successful laboratory non-destructive methods are impractical for inspection of integrated aerospace structures. To resolve this issue, the Metis Design Corporation (MDC) has developed structural health monitoring (SHM) system sensors and hardware. SHM is an emerging technology leading to… More

Impedance-based Sensing Optimization & Algorithms for Visualization of Ship Hull Structural Health Monitoring Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: U.C. San Diego
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
RI Contact: Carlos D. Molina J.D.
Abstract:
The implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems into naval applications has been hindered due to component quantity, including sensors, power/communication cables, and acquisition/computation units, as well as data quality. Particularly for large-area applications such ship hulls,… More

Structural Abort Trigger for Ares Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Structural health monitoring (SHM) methods have been limited for wide-area applications due to the implied infrastructure, including sensors, power/communication cables, and acquisition/computation units. Particularly for mass-sensitive space applications such as Ares V, every gram can matter when… More

Real-Time Coating Evaluation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Manufacturing and repair processes for gas turbine engine components are often delayed while evaluating if sufficient coatings layers have been applied. Environmental conditions can significantly influence this process, resulting in a wide variability of coating thickness and properties as a… More

A High T/W, Low Cost VTOL Propulsion System for Transformer (TX) Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Rory Keogh, Lead Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $749,685.00
Abstract:
To-date, the realization of VTOL personal air vehicles capable of executing agile missions has largely been limited by the availability of high T/W, low fuel-consumption propulsion systems with minimal noise and IR signatures. Metis Design proposes the development of an innovative, high T/W,… More

CNT-based Composite Self-Monitoring & De-icing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Composites are increasingly being adopted into aero-surfaces due to their superior specific strength and stiffness, however they can be susceptible to beneath visible-surface impact data. Furthermore, as with traditional aero-surfaces, ice accumulation can result in reduced lift and increased drag.… More

Multi-Physics, Multi-Functional Nano-Engineered Composites for Structural Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: MIT
Principal Investigator: Seth S. Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Stacey Sullaway
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Composite materials are increasingly adopted into Aerospace application due to their superior specific strength/stiffness, resistance to fatigue and ability to reduce part-count. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that by introducing carbon nanotubes (CNTs), multi-functional… More

Active Damage Detection&Visualization for Naval Assets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UCSD
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $1,485,843.00
RI Contact: Carlos D. Molina J.D.
Abstract:
This proposal presents an optimized approach for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of naval assets. This research leverages hardware previously developed by Metis Design Corporation (MDC), including distributed digitization hardware, piezoelectric-based damage-localization sensors, and a data… More

Guided Wave-based SHM of Submersible Navy Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $79,972.00
Abstract:
The implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems into naval applications has been hindered by component quantity, including sensors, cables, and acquisition/computation units, as well as data quality. Particularly for large-area applications such ship hulls, complexity of the implied… More

Guided Wave-based SHM of Composite Navy Propellers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $79,972.00
Abstract:
The implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems into naval applications has been hindered by component quantity, including sensors, cables, and acquisition/computation units, as well as data quality. Particularly for large-area applications such ship hulls, complexity of the implied… More

Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based Intelligent-Aerosurface System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $497,576.00
Abstract:
Metis Design proposes the development of a novel intelligent-aerosurface system for ice-detection, de-icing, anti-icing and structural diagnostics in fixed-wing leading-edges and rotorcraft rotor-blades. The basis for the system is carbon nanotube (CNT) enhancements embedded within composite… More

Hybrid State-Detection System for Gearbox Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $149,999.00
RI Contact: Didem O. PhD
Abstract:
Aerospace structures are subject to dynamic loading. In particular, gearbox components experience continuous cyclic loading, wear and eventually develop fatigue cracks. As opposed to most other aircraft components, gearbox components are non-redundant, so a failure can have catastrophic… More

CNT-Enhanced Mid-Frequency Sonar Dome

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Sonar domes provide protection to sonar arrays by imposing a physical barrier to eroding fluid flow as well as preventing incidental impact. Furthermore, they provide aerodynamic shapes over the pressure hull to minimize drag and turbulence. Traditionally, they are fabricated of fiber reinforced… More

Integrated Damage Detection System for Composite Submarine Propellers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seth Kessler, President – (617) 661-5616
Award Amount: $741,979.00
Abstract:
This SBIR aims to develop a damage detection system that can be integrated with composite submarine propellers, with the goal of capturing precursors to delamination. During the Phase I, Metis Design Corporation (MDC) worked closely with Rolls-Royce Naval Marine (RR) to provide a proof of principal… More