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Derek William Kultgen

METL Group Leader and Principal Mechanical Engineer


Derek Kultgen serves as the Group Leader for the Mechanisms Engineering Test Loop (METL) at Argonne National Laboratory. METL is an experimental facility dedicated to developing small-to-intermediate scale components for Sodium Fast Reactors. His team conceptualizes, fabricates, and demonstrates equipment and instrumentation and assists scientists/engineers who conduct experiments in the METL.

Previously, Derek was the Lead Test Development Engineer for a leading lubricant and additive manufacturer. In this role he created a mechanical testing laboratory for compressor lubricant evaluation, managed capital expenditure projects and served as a technical expert to customers and high-level management. He has also produced numerous peer-reviewed research papers domestically and internationally.

Derek received his B.S and M.S. degrees from Purdue University, is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified LabVIEW developer.