Smart Material Solutions, Inc. (SMS) is a North Carolina S-corp that is commercializing Nanocoining - a nano-fabrication technology licensed from NC State University.  SMS was started by Stephen J. Furst, Dr. -Ing. in 2012 to manage his consulting services and proliferate smart materials in industry.  Stephen has a unique combination of skills in both precision engineering and in smart materials - two fields that can learn much from each other.  The combined capability gives SMS the ability to identify applications where smart materials may offer an edge, then design and fabricate prototypes to demonstrate the technology.  SMS also partners with NC State University's Precision Engineering Center, with its expertise in metrology and manufacturing with sub-micron tolerances.   Through an NSF STTR Phase 1 and IB award, SMS is leading the effort to develop of Nanocoining.  A more detailed description of the capabilities and sample projects are shown in Services/Portfolio.  

Based in NC State University's Centennial Campus, Smart Material Solutions has a rapidly expanding group of clients and collaborators.  In addition to smart materials and precision engineering consulting, SMS also pursues government R&D funding.

Partners and Clients

Smart Material Solutions has worked on projects with

  • NC State Univ. Precision Engineering Center (Raleigh, NC)
  • NC State Univ. Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engr.
  • NC State Univ. Textile Chemistry Dept.
  • Saarland University MMSL (Saarbruecken, Germany)
  • Parker Hannifin Bio-care Business Unit (Minneapolis, MN)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC)
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)
  • St. Gobain (Clairmont, CT)
  • GOJO Industries (Akron, OH)
  • National Institute of Justice (Washington DC)
  • Weststar Precision (Apex, NC)
  • National Science Foundation

About Stephen Furst

Stephen Furst was born and raised in Goshen, NY.  He came to North Carolina in 2003 as a collegiate athlete and engineering student.  Stephen ran track & field as well as cross country for the NC State Wolfpack while obtaining his BS in Aerospace Engineering and 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 earn All-American honors in the 5k at the NCAA Championships.  The following Fall he defended his thesis "Automated Handling Technology for Precision Machining of Two-Sided Parts" to Dr. Thomas Dow at the NCSU Precision Engineering Center (PEC).

After a fulfilling undergraduate career, Stephen began his PhD work with Prof. 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 Saarbruecken, Germany while still pursuing a post-collegiate professional running career and preparing for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Team Trials for the 5000 m and marathon.  Stephen defended his dissertation "Design, Fabrication, and Control Methods for Exploiting the Multifunctional Sensing and Actuation Capabilities of Shape Memory Alloy Wires" and was awarded the highest distinction, Summa Cum Laude, for his graduate work.