Mr. David Weiss, is vice president of engineering and R&D for Eck Industries, Inc., and is responsible for development and application of high performance alloys and casting concepts for the foundry and their customers. 

He participated in the development of the lost foam casting process for magnesium alloys for which he shared the Howard Taylor award from the American Foundry Society (AFS), has worked on modified low pressure casting techniques for sand molds and has patented a hybrid high-pressure shell casting process.  He received a second Howard Taylor Award for his work on low pressure casting of magnesium. He is past chairman of the AFS aluminum and magnesium divisions and is current research chairman of the magnesium division. 
Weiss has authored over 40 papers on the processing and application of aluminum, metal matrix composite and magnesium castings and in 2005 received the Hall/Heroult Scientific Merit Award for his development work on aluminum alloys. In 2008 Weiss shared a third Howard Taylor award for work on aluminum nanocomposites and was a recipient of the William Frishmuth award from the aluminum division of AFS. 
Weiss presented the Hoyt Memorial Lecture during the 2009 AFS Casting Congress and was awarded the Ray H. Witt Award from the Metal Processing Institute of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A fourth Howard Taylor award was received in 2014 for work on high temperature aluminum alloys.
He joins Icarus Interstellar in the invaluable position of Senior Consultant on Materials Science and Manufacturing.