Stephen Furst started Smart Material Solutions, LLC in 2012 to conduct consulting services.   Stephen has a unique combination of skills in both precision engineering and in smart materials - two fields that can learn much from the other.  The combined capability gives Smart Material Solutions the ability to design and fabricate prototypes that apply smart materials, or don't.  A more detailed description of the capabilities are shown in the Services ***.  

Currently the business is based primarily out of NC State's Centennial Campus and consults with partners listed below.   Smart Material Solutions, while still primarily focused on consulting, also pursues government R+D funding.

Partners and Clients

SMS has consulted and collaborated on projects with

  • NCSU PEC (Raleigh, NC)
  • NCSU Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engr.
  • NCSU Textile Chemistry Dept.
  • UdS MMSL (Saarbruecken, Germany)
  • Parker Hannifin Bio-care Business Unit (Minneapolis, MN)
  • GOJO Industries (Akron, OH)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC)
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)
  • St. Gobain (Clairmont, CT)

Education & Schooling

Stephen Furst was born and raised in Goshen, NY.  He came to North Carolina in 2003 as a collegiate athlete and scholar.  Stephen ran track & field as well as cross country for North Carolina State University while obtaining his MS in Mechanical Engineering.  In 2008, Stephen celebrated success in the 2008 ACC Championships by winning the 5k and the 10k.  Stephen went on to place 10th in the 10k at the NCAA Championships, earning him All-American honors.  He defended his thesis "Automated Handling Technology for Precision Machining of Two-Sided Parts" to Dr. Thomas Dow at the NC State Precision Engineering Center (PEC).

After a fulfilling undergraduate career, Stephen began his PhD work with Dr. -Ing Stefan Seelecke at NC State, his emphasis on Smart Materials research.  In 2011, Dr. Seelecke left NC State for Saarland University in Germany, allowing Stephen the opportunity to continue his research abroad in Saarbrucken, Germany while still pursuing a post-collegiate professional running career.