Meet Our Team of Volunteers
Quantal Research is an independent, high-tech R&D group organized around investigating principles or effects that may directly or indirectly contribute to new or improved methods of power generation, storage or transmission.
Using procedures guided by established scientific techniques and rigor, the dedicated QR Team works to provide verification and practical application of current theories. We are guided by a desire to contribute new insights to our culture’s continually evolving body of knowledge resulting from pure and applied research.
In addition to being dedicated to basic research, the organization mentors volunteers who participate in research teams.
JOIN OUR TEAM
If you are interested in the mission and work of Quantal Research, make your intentions real by volunteering your skills in physics, mechanical or electrical engineering, CAD/CAM, Labview, 3D modeling and animation, machining, and more!
Matthew Breuer is one of the original founders of Quantal Research and serves as its principal investigator. He holds an MSc in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a member of the medium energy nuclear physics group while at UMass his graduate work involved design and fabrication of a particle detector used in beam characterization in experiment E-158 at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator). He spent most of a year in a fixed-term fuel cell project for Connecticut Light and Power at University of Connecticut’s ERI. This was followed by a year at Molecular Metrology (now owned by Rigaku) supporting building and delivery of SAXS (small angle X-ray scattering) instruments. He worked for nine years at ITT/Exelis (now owned by Harris Corporation) as a design engineer/staff scientist developing and bringing to market channel electron multipliers used in mass spectrometers and is named on two patents as a result. He currently works as a staff scientist and development engineer at another high-tech market leader that provides electron and ion detectors used in mass spectrometers and other scientific instrumentation such as particle beamline experiments, satellites and space probes.Matthew Breuer
Manasi Patil is the President of the Board at Quantal Research. She teaches middle school Physical Science and Earth Science, and high school Physics in a Charter school of Science and Technology in the Pioneer Valley. She has a BA in Physics from the University of Mumbai, India, and a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Manasi moved to Western Massachusetts in 2010 and was looking for avenues to get involved in the community outside of her professional life. In her own words:
“At Quantal Research I found the perfect opportunity to be part of a highly dedicated research team and to utilize and develop my research skills.”
Jason graduated in electrical engineering from Springfield Technical Community College and U-Mass in Amherst, MA. He worked in R & D for 20 years in the Pioneer Valley and is currently a system level designer in a local company; Jason is actively involved in research work at Quantal Research.Jason Messier
Maria Rocco joined Quantal Research in September 2009 as a volunteer fundraising coordinator and has been the Secretary of the Board since 2011. Maria holds a degree in English-French Business Translations from France. A citizen of Italy and the United States, she has lived in Paris, London, Rome, and New York, and she moved to the Pioneer Valley upon her retirement from UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) in December 2005. At UNICEF, she worked in private sector fundraising and travel administration. Maria is passionate about humanitarian causes; she joined Quantal Research because she is eager to contribute to making a difference in how climate change affects nature and people’s health locally, nationally and all over the world. Some of her interests are fine arts and music, foreign languages and world events, hiking and biking.Maria Rocco
Jennifer Paris has been a volunteer and supporter of Quantal Research since February 2005. She has been on the Board of Directors since its inception, most often as Treasurer of the organization. Her background is business, having been a principle owner of a computer company, an auto repair shop, and the sole owner of Angels’ Rest Retreat Center in Leyden, Massachusetts since 2004. Jennifer is committed to clean energy, clean food, clean soil, and land conservation.Jennifer Paris
Dale is a contractor, designer, and fabricator. He handles lab facilities maintenance at Quantal Research.Dale Jordan
Calder Rossi is a self-employed electrician, MA license 14152-B. He lives in Greenfield, MA and has volunteered his services wiring Quantal Research’s lab.Calder Rossi
Isabella is a volunteer graphics designer at Quantal Research. She was responsible for designing the QR Brochure.
“I was very happy to offer my designer’s skills to Quantal Research Inc. This organization is conducting such an important research. As the mother of two young children, I am excited about this work because I believe it will make this world a better place. The team is very dedicated and I admire them.”
Wayland Myers, owner of Myers Media Group, is a professional consultant on enterprise SEO strategy, marketing communications, web development, business strategy, user interface design, and corporate branding. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies like Kodak and Expedia, Inc, and currently owns a private search marketing consulting firm and an internet property development company (that means they build online businesses!).Wayland Myers
Darcy is a recent graduate of Smith College, majoring in Engineering Science with a concentration in energy efficiency and sustainability and minoring in Middle East Studies. She was also a four-year member of Smith’s ice hockey team. A native of Winchester, MA, she first became interested in renewable energy as a volunteer at the Museum of Science in Boston. In the fall, Darcy plans to travel to Kuwait as a Fulbright Fellow. Her research proposal is titled “Harvesting Solar Energy for Homes Suffering Blackouts.”Darcy Dwyer
Jason Ross has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, was a previous member of ASME, has worked as a Research and Development Engineer for a Massachusetts electronics engineering company, as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer for a Hong Kong company and in the business to business industry. In addition to being part of the research team at QR Jason served on the Board of Directors as Secretary/Clerk until June 30th 2012 when he moved to Maine.Jason Ross
With a Bachelors of Arts from Hampshire College, concentrating in computer science, artificial intelligence and with a professional background in web programming, Jesse maintained the Quantal Research website, updating content and trouble shooting. He also performed tech support, plus hardware and software upgrades for our computer systems.Jesse Doane
During early developmental stages of the organization, through research and analysis of existing bylaws of similar organizations, Kalyan was an important member of the team which applied those implementations in the design of the Quantal Research bylaws.Kalyan Uprichard
Kerry Kelley holds a Masters Degree in Science from the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at U-MASS Amherst. She has been working in a research lab at MIT since 2008, where the focus is on Drosophila telomere study using molecular biology. At QR, Kerry coordinated volunteers intake from 2009 to July 2014 and served as the Treasurer from 2010 to July 2014.Kerry Kelley
Michael holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics (2006) from Norwich University and is a certified Engineer-in-Training (EIT VT 2005). He went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Mechnical Engineering and Mathematics (2008) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work focused on increasing fuel efficiency in, and reducing pollution from ocean-borne vessels. Michael successfully defended his dissertation in Theoretical & Computational fluid dynamics at U-Mass in Amherst, MA, in March 2012 . His areas of research include computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling, and high performance computing. At QR, he performed computational physics modeling using Xoopic and OpenFOAM.Dr. Michael B Martell Jr.
Tameron holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (2007) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tameron is a certified Engineer-in-Training (EIT). He is concerned with environmental issues such as power generation systems and sustainable water supplies. Tameron is a past member of Engineers Without Borders. He was a research assistant and lab technician volunteer at Quantal Research.Tameron Josbeck