Lucas Valdez is the Co-Chief Technology Officer (Co-CTO) of V&M Global Solutions LLC with his twin brother Mario. Lucas received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2009, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2011 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015.
Lucas has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2005, with the exception of the three-year span from 2012-2015 while completing his doctoral studies, where his area of expertise is in dimensional metrology and precision manufacturing related to non-nuclear and nuclear manufacturing programs associated with the laboratory’s mission critical work. During his doctoral studies, Lucas’s research focused on developing novel measuring instruments and methodologies for large-scale, industrial components. His real contribution to the field was implementing integrated measurement methodologies using robust numerical algorithms and novel machine design principles for creating a unique measuring system, hardware and software, for large-scale components. Lucas’s expertise is in precision engineering, specifically precision metrology and manufacturing, where he has taken an interest in dimensional metrology applications such as, non-contact metrology and optical metrology and precision manufacturing applications such as, 5-axis machining and machining dynamics. Lucas has recently become very interested in additive manufacturing (AM) with an interest in understanding the build or “layering” process and how those build errors effect the mechanical properties of the part and minimization of post-process machining.
Currently, 2018-present, Lucas works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Precision Engineer focusing on Diamond Turning applications of non-homogenous materials and cryogenic pressure testing of complex assemblies for nuclear manufacturing programs. Lucas also supports design physics on High-Priority Development projects for weapons manufacturing.
Lucas has published a handful of conference proceedings in highly-regarded publications such Coordinate Measurement Society and The American Society for Precision Engineering and has a patent pending for work done during his doctoral studies. Lucas is also a current Vice-Chair of the Technical Leadership Committee for Precision Manufacturing for the American Society for Precision Engineering.