Mr. Nader holds two master degrees in Engineering: one in mechanical engineering and one in civil engineering. He also holds a Master in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in strategic management and international business. Mr. Nader’s career started at the AEWC-Advanced Structures and Composites Center, located at the University of Maine. While at AEWC he quickly got promoted to program manager leading multi-million dollar research projects for numerous clients including the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Army, the Federal Highway Administration, the USDA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and many industrial clients worldwide. Mr. Nader has extensive experience in: 1) management of large research projects (over $5 million per year), 2) research and development of composites structures for military and commercial clients, 3) wind energy industry, both onshore and offshore, and 4) strategic management and model-based decision-making. Also, Mr. Nader has seven years of experience in both deterministic and probabilistic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of composite structures. His work in this area includes modeling the canopy of the MK.V special operation craft boat for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Nader has published over ten research articles and ten conference articles related to research and development of composites and nanocomposites for advanced structural applications. Over the last five years, Mr. Nader has done work for several Fortune 500 companies conducting economic feasibility studies for product development and novel manufacturing methods.
Mr. Melrose started his professional career in the composites sector in 2001 working for one of Maine's most prestigious boat builders, Hinckley Yachts. During his stay with Hinckley Yachts, Mr. Melrose worked with the SCRIMP composites manufacturing process and he gained engineering experience using the latest 3D solid modeling software. The following year Mr. Melrose completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and entered a Master's program at UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Mr. Melrose's research investigated the practice of monitoring composites using embedded fiber optic sensors and digital image correlation. Upon receiving his master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Melrose was hired by the solid mechanics and design group at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI. During his tenor at NUWC, he worked extensively with finite element modeling software to develop new products for the Navy and he also participated extensively in UNDEX shock testing events. In 2006 Mr. Melrose came back to Maine to take a research position at UMaine's AEWC-Advanced Structures and Composites Center. He was quickly promoted to program manager and is still currently one of the most senior professional staff. Mr. Melrose's accomplishments at UMaine include: 1) the development and commercialization of the Modular Ballistic Protection System, 2) Management of multi-million dollar programs, and 3) large scale wind blade testing and transmission line structural testing. As VP of Compotech, Mr. Melrose brings valuable knowledge and experience in the defense sector. In addition, his extensive finite element modeling experience allows Compotech to advance both in-house developed products and our clients’ products. Mr. Melrose is a key member of Compotech and his contributions provide a cornerstone for the company to stand on.