President/CEO, Metis Design Corporation
Dr. Kessler is the president, CEO and founder of the Metis Design Corporation. He received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with his dissertation focusing on structural health monitoring techniques that use piezoelectric devices to detect damage in composites. He has worked at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works as an advanced concepts engineer on the X33/JSF programs, and was a Draper Fellow working on the DARPA seedling WASP program. In 1998, he received the MIT Admiral Luis De Florez Award for Ingenuity and Creativity in Design, in 2001 was awarded the American Society for Composites Ph.D. Research Scholarship, and has won best paper in 2002 from the ASC, in 2009 the PHM Society, and in 2011 from the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring. In 2017 he was the “DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge” runner-up, in 2019 received the “Most Practical SHM Solution for Aerospace” award at IWSHM and the “Spotlight on New Technology Award” at the Offshore Technology Conference in 2021. Dr. Kessler has experience from managing 50+ major technical programs, and holds 24 patents (and several pending) in his areas of expertise. He has composed 50+ peer-reviewed technical publications, has served as chair of the SAE International Aerospace Industry Steering Committee for SHM and sits on the SAE IVHM Steering Group. Dr. Kessler guest lectures for advanced graduate courses on composite mechanics in the Aerospace Department at MIT, was the System Engineering section editor and author of 2 chapters for the Integrated Vehicle Health Management for Aerospace Application textbook published by Wiley/AIAA in 2011 and is an author for the “Emerging Technologies” chapter in the IVHM book published by SAE in 2013 and the SHM for Space Systems book published by Wiley in 2018.