Matt S. Bednar joined the U.Va. Licensing & Ventures Group (then the Patent Foundation) in May 2009.
Bednar earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering from U.Va. under the mentorship of Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, completing his doctoral thesis on the development of amorphous metal alloys processed through high pressure shear deformation.
Upon graduation, Bednar continued to work with Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf to further develop her patented metal fiber brush technology and spin-off company, HiPerCon, which was ultimately purchased by Defense Holdings Inc. During his time at HiPerCon, Bednar was instrumental in developing an electrical contact technology and moving it from the laboratory to its present installation in the entire U.S. Navy nuclear submarine fleet. After leaving Defense Holdings Inc., Bednar spent a year developing combustion driven powder compaction technology at Utron Kinetics in Manassas, Va.