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Scott Dye - Principal Investigator, CTO

Scott Dye is Chief Technical Officer, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Principal Investigator with over 20 years experience designing products and mechanical systems using Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks. Scott has been the Principal Investigator for ten advanced thermal insulation programs for NASA, Integrated MLI Phase I and Phase II, Load Responsive MLI Phase I and Phase II program, Wrapped MLI Phase I and Phase II, LV-MLI, MMOD-MLI and  CRYOTE IMLI Phase I programs, and the ongoing Phase III Load Bearing MLI supporting a BAC shield with cooling tubing.  Scott has played a key role in the successful development of IMLI and novel derivative versions. Scott designed key innovative aspects of the IMLI and LRMLI programs including the Tripod Post spacer, Dynamic-Beam Tripod Post spacer and the thin, flexible integrated vacuum shell.  Scott is an inventor on U.S. patent 8,234,835 “Integrated Multilayer Insulation”,   and on two additional thermal insulation patents in prosecution. Scott is an author on three papers “Integrated and Load Responsive MLI” at Cryogenic Engineering Conference (CEC) 2009, “Wrapped MLI for Cryogenic Piping” at CEC 2011, and “Novel Load Responsive MLI with high in-atmosphere and on-orbit thermal performance” at the Space Cryogenics Workshop 2011.

Scott has extensive experience in designing small parts, methods for fabricating them, injection molding and micro-molding, solid knowledge of product development and good manufacturing practices, and a strong sense of micro-molded part design and design for manufacturing. The current semi-automated vacuum assembly fixtures for IMLI and derivative insulation technologies have enabled the project team to successfully design, build and test iterations of prototypes in our Phase I and II programs. Scott has worked on micro-molding projects for various clients, including an innovative approach to the design and manufacturability of small-scale parts used to produce digitally-based Fresnel lens elements, with feature sizes as small as 5 micrometers. The IMLI tripod post micromolded polymer spacer has features with 0.0001 in2 cross section, and the first generation IMLI spacer had snap features as small as 0.005”.  Micromolded parts as small as 1.4mg have been designed and used as discrete spacers.

Scott Dye, in addition to his experience in R&D of thermal insulation systems, has broad experience in product development, including biotech and analytical instruments, fluidics systems and data storage products.  Mr. Dye has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver.