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Alan Jacobsen

Material Scientist

Alan Jacobsen is a senior scientist at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA.  He is the inventor and lead developer of a new technique to fabricate microlattice materials based on a self-propagating optical waveguide phenomenon.  This fabrication breakthrough enables the rapid formation of materials with a truss, or lattice-based architecture, similar to the type of architecture utilized in bridges and buildings.  By bringing larger-scale truss-based design concepts to the materials level, Dr. Jacobsen and his colleagues at HRL are blurring the line between “material” and “structure.”  This technique was the foundational technology used to design the world’s lightest material, which has been highlighted in Discover Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and National Geographic, among other publications.