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Ken Ross

Ken Ross

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Ken Ross is a Materials Research Engineer in the Energy Processes & Materials Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Mr. Ross leads and executes research in solid state processing to create improved materials and manufacturing processes for industrial and government clients. Prior to joining PNNL in 2015 Mr. Ross executed cold spray, friction stir welding, and linear friction welding research and development for industrial clients while working at Manufacturing Technology, Inc. His responsibilities also included mechanical, electrical and control system design of capital equipment components.

Mr. Ross currently conducts research for joining and processing applications in hydropower, defense, nuclear power and automotive sectors. He currently serves as the Industrial Advisory Board Chair for the NSF I/UCRC Center for Friction Stir Processing.


1. Solid-state deposition for cosmetic enhancement of anodized friction stir processed parts: US 20140339093 A1

2. Solid-state deposition methods, apparatuses, and products: US 20150030379 A1

3. Effort modulation for process control of friction stir operations: WO 2013149184 A1

Research Interests

  • Solid state processing
  • Friction stir welding and processing
  • Cold spray
  • Shear assisted extrusion and consolidation (ShAPE)
  • Machine design and controls for materials processing and manufacturing

Education and Credentials

  • Brigham Young University B.S. and M.S. Degree - Mechanical Engineering

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