Donald Baskin, Ph.D.

Founder, Principal Materials Engineer


Dr. Donald Baskin is the Founder and Principal Materials Engineer for Spectrum Materials Engineering LLC. Spectrum has attracted business from a multi-billion-dollar consumer products company as well as business from several start-ups on the East and West Coasts.


Prior to founding Spectrum Materials Engineering LLC, Dr. Donald Baskin was responsible for all items pertaining to materials engineering at multiple hardware start-ups in the Boston area. Specific areas of responsibility include materials selection, materials manufacturing process (casting, stamping, deep drawing, forging, etc.) selection, joining, materials validation, specification creation, corrosion engineering, failure analysis and materials sourcing.


Prior to coming to Boston, Dr. Baskin worked for a decade in the International Automotive Industry where he spent time at the Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) Materials Research Lab in Ulm, Germany, and in Body Engineering Release at Chrysler LLC in Auburn Hills, MI, USA. During this time, he held positions pertaining to every aspect of automotive body structure development. This included structural optimization (lightweighting), finite element analysis, structural materials development (both metals and composites), product design release, tolerance strategy (GD&T), and manufacturing (stamping, assembly, quality, etc.).  This culminated in him attaining a supervisory rank, launching 7 vehicles into series production, publishing several articles and later a book chapter on body structure lightweighting.


Dr. Baskin holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Irvine.  Dr. Baskin’s graduate dissertation work focused on toughening and fracture mechanics of brittle-materials such as high temperature ceramics for heat engine applications and to a lesser extent steel alloy development.  As an undergraduate, Dr. Baskin conducted research in the field of spray atomization processing of refractory structural alloys.

Zakary Smith

Head of Sales Engineering

Mr. Zakary Tyler Smith has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Technological Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Zak has extensive experience working with R&D/Product Development teams scaling from concept through mass production in a range of technologies (additive manufacturing, plastics, metals & surface finishing) and industries (aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical and industrial). Zak works closely alongside Spectrum Materials Engineering and their clients to bridge the commercial and technical gap to ensure projects deliver meaningful business and innovation impact. Zak’s approach to supporting customers is through a prioritization of long-term collaboration, customer first attitude and designing solutions that are sustainable for all contributors.