The Origami Effect
Growing up, Jesse Silverberg, PhD, was fascinated with the folding of paper to create intricate structures, the art form known as origami. This interest has survived and thrived throughout his life, becoming one of the galvanizing forces behind Armory Technologies’ unique metamaterial solutions.
In Jesse’s words, “Physics is a fundamental science where the same basic principles are constantly operating behind the scenes. Math is the language of physics and it helps make unexpected connections and draw inspiration from places like origami, which is a naturally geometric art form.”
A Meeting of Minds
In 2012, Jesse was completing his PhD at Cornell. Over at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Art Evans, PhD, was doing post-doctoral research when they came together to collaborate on a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), focused on origami and self-assembling systems. Although origami-inspired engineering had been around for decades, this research was something different; they were exploring the concept of mechanical metamaterials, a class of structured materials based on complex geometric patterns. As Art expressed, “We were in the right place at the right time with the right people and the right ideas.”
In 2018 they founded Multiscale Systems, an R&D firm specializing in the design and manufacture of mechanical metamaterials. With funding from high-level agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Energy, Multiscale Systems continues to develop new advanced material technologies.
Building the Team
To commercialize the IP generated by Multiscale Systems, Armory Technologies was born in 2021. Enter Paul Dowd, a successful entrepreneur with 28 years of invaluable business experience who was quietly seeking a unique and compelling start-up story that might benefit from his expertise.
Karen Tisdell, being familiar with mechanical metamaterial technology from her time at Multiscale Systems, was brought on board to helm the communications and marketing.