Head of Process Engineering
Manufacturing | Boston, MA | Full Time
AeroShield is making the next generation of energy-efficient windows possible by manufacturing the first ultra-clear, super-insulating aerogel sheets.
Windows are critical elements of comfort and productivity, but in the United States they cost $40 billion in heating and cooling energy. Every year 50+ million new window units add to this growing problem, but what if we were no longer forced to choose between insulating our walls for indoor comfort and accessing natural daylight and beautiful outdoor views? Scientists from MIT have developed breakthrough advances in nanoporous glass, the same material used to insulate spacecraft, to enable a new performance class of windows that offer affordability and efficiency.
New material developed by AeroShield is designed to drop inside existing double-pane manufacturing to create a window 50% more insulating – reducing energy use and improving comfort. Sealing AeroShield inside of new windows enables an energy payback 5x faster than comparable products. Our thin, lightweight solution can be delivered and integrated into existing window manufacturing, achieving high performance at a low cost to enable $10 billion in energy savings and >500 million tons of CO2 reduction (nearly half of current US homes’ annual emissions)!
We aren’t the only ones excited. The company raised over $1M in funding to begin producing prototypes, and is already working with 3 DOE national labs, 2 cleantech incubators, and was selected for the Activate Boston 2020 cohort. AeroShield won MIT’s $100k Clean Energy Prize, Cleantech Open National Grand Prize, and earned the founders and inventors recognition in Forbes 30 Under 30: Energy.
This is a unique opportunity to be responsible for developing and leading the manufacturing process for the clear choice in insulation. This person will join our uniquely qualified core AeroShield team (Dr. Elise Strobach, inventor and founder, Dr. Kyle Wilke, founder), national laboratories (NREL, LBL, ORNL), industry leaders, and federal and state regulatory agencies to drive meaningful developments. Founded out of MIT in 2019, AeroShield has established manufacturing R&D activities in Hyde Park (Boston), MA since March of 2020.
This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to be a defining team member. You will be familiar with manufacturing development and ready to get hands-on with our ground-breaking material and equipment. Our initial successes in research and benchtop work needs to be translated into industrial scale processes, and we seek a dynamic engineering leader to ensure our processes are cost-effective and sustainable.
Responsibilities will include:
- Process development for controlled solution-gelation formation and wet-gel preparation
- Design of pilot and production-scale equipment based on initial R&D
- Creation of quality management plan including metrics for monitoring process control
- Management of integration with customers’ manufacturing processes
Background & Experience
Knowledge of and comfort with development and implementation of manufacturing processes will be important for this role.
The ideal candidate will have the following experience:
- Implemented new processes or managed process development involving solution-gelation chemistry and/or super-critical extraction
- Specified and procured manufacturing equipment such as pumps, pressure vessels, or heat exchangers
- Achieved leading quality and safety standards within his/her respective industry