We make mechanical metamaterials

Multiscale Systems is an advanced materials and manufacturing firm developing commercial applications of mechanical metamaterial technology. Instead of creating new materials through costly chemical or molecular engineering, our approach is based on embedding 3D geometric patterns into conventional materials to create new functionality. Our geometrically enhanced metamaterials are lighter, stronger, and more multifunctional than conventional materials.

Founded in 2018 and located in Worcester, MA, Multiscale Systems employs an energetic team and utilizes cutting edge scientific and engineering tools. We serve our customers by producing bespoke metamaterial products and integrating ourselves into their supply chain.

The future of advanced materials

The potential application of advanced metamaterials is massive, from aerospace to semi-trailer manufacturing. Because our solutions allow for more than one optimization to be applied, materials can be optimized for multiple priorities such as weight reduction, thermal expansion, energy absorption, aeroelasticity, insulation, conductivity, and much more.

Funders & Partners

Partners & Accelerators

Our partners provide us with invaluable support and resources:

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NASA; xTechSearch; The Department of Energy, or any other funding partner.  Results are supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. 1913784; by NASA under grants No. 80NSSC20C0095 and 80NSSC19C0406; and by the Department of Energy under grant No. DE-SC0020456.

Meet the team

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Jesse Silverberg, PhD

CEO & Research Director

Jesse has fifteen years of experience in physics research and technology development. With a background in science, writing, and public speaking, Jesse now leads Multiscale Systems toward sustainable commercial success.

  • Postdoc at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as an NIH Fellow
  • PhD/MS in Physics, Cornell University as an NSF GRFP Fellow
  • BS in Physics; BS in Mathematics; BS in Philosophy, Northeastern University with Matthews and IGERT Fellowships

He’s presented research at 40+ locations on 3 continents, including TEDx, and has contributed to more than 35 additional conferences. Jesse’s more than 25 peer-reviewed publications can be found in Science, Nature Materials, PNAS, and more.

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Art Evans, PhD

CTO & Research Director

Art has sixteen years of experience in physics research, numerical analysis, and computational continuum mechanics. With his broad subject matter knowledge he currently leads technology development and research projects at Multiscale Systems.

  • Van Vleck Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Mathematics & Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UMass Amherst
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA
  • MS/PhD in Physics, UC San Diego
  • BS in Physics, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Additional accomplishments include computational engineering consultant for a biomedical technology startup, dozens of contributed and invited talks at conferences and universities, 20+ peer-reviewed journal papers, a patent, and a book chapter.

Karen Tisdell

Director of Communications

Karen has fifteen years of experience in digital and print communications. She’s worked in the non-profit, health, and media production industries connecting audiences to ideas, products, and experiences.

  • MA in Archaeology for Screen Media, University of Bristol
  • BA in Film Studies & Classics, Queen’s University
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Shawn Aalto

R&D Mechanical and Materials Engineer

Shawn specializes in material design, simulation, and manufacturing.

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Vision & Values


Our mechanical metamaterials will provide lighter, stronger, more multifunctional solutions across industries. Using science that’s inspired by art, we’ll work together with our customers to provide bespoke material solutions that solve critical manufacturing problems and improve the performance of their products.



We encourage outside-the-box thinking, the exploration of new ideas, and not being afraid to fail. Our metamaterials are inspired by art and combined with the most sophisticated math and engineering developed to date.


Working collectively is at the heart of what we do. We work closely as a team and with our clients to create bespoke metamaterials to solve specific needs.


We saw an opportunity to revolutionize manufacturing, moving it away from chemical-heavy molecular engineering towards a smarter approach using geometric computational design. With ingenuity, we are overcoming the current limitations of material design for better manufacturing solutions.