Kurtis Bell graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. majoring in Chemistry in 2005. He promptly put his degree to use pouring concrete in commercial high rises before attending the Material Engineering Technology program at NAIT. Subsequently, he became enamoured with the science of metallurgy and materials processing and began working for Apollo-Clad Laser Cladding in May of 2009, where he established a metallurgical testing facility and is heavily involved in R&D of Laser process technologies for overlay and joining applications.
Kurtis joined the Canadian Center for Welding and Joining in the fall of 2011 and is currently completing his M.Sc. under the direction of Dr. Patricio Mendez while maintaining full time employment with Apollo-Clad. His research is centered around determining the effect of Laser cladding 400 series stainless steel on the fatigue properties of low alloy steel substrates typically utilized in the mining and oil and gas sectors.
When not at work or school, Kurtis enjoys playing Rugby, BBQ’ing, and water balloons.