Richard V. Howe, M.B.A.

Co-Founder & Financial Advisor

Mr. Howe has had a long and distinguished career in capital management, business analysis, board advisory, academia (Boston College), volunteering, and the military.


He is a Vietnam War Veteran who proudly served in the US Army's

199th Light Infantry Brigade and 25th Infantry Division.

Education: M.B.A. (UPenn, Wharton School of Business)​​, B.S. (University of Virginia)

Non-Destructive Toughness Tester Proof-of-Concept Completed

Launch of Field Testing Services for the HSD Tester on Transmission Pipelines

Massachusetts Materials Technologies Founded

MMT Headquarters Moves to a Larger Facility in Waltham, MA






Massachusetts Materials Technology (MMT)  was founded in 2014 based on a innovative concept developed by our CEO, Dr. Simon Bellemare in his PhD thesis at MIT. This concept known as frictional sliding created the opportunity to transform the way material verification and material properties are measured. From this opportunity, our Hardness, Strength, and Ductility (HSD) Tester was designed and MMT was established.  Since then, with the help of numerous investors, government grants, and happy customers, MMT has developed five iterations of the HSD Tester and has developed it's first iteration of the Non-Destructive Toughness Tester (NDTT). As the these technologies have evolved, our predictions have gotten more accurate, and our team has grown. We have been able to develop relationships with many pipeline operators and have been able to do more in-house testing at a larger facility. 

As the demand for non-destructive testing continues to grow, MMT continues to focus on its core mission  to develop innovative, technologies to utilize in field services that will provide our customers with accurate and reliable information about the structural integrity, material strength, and toughness of their assets. The 2018 team goal for MMT is to continue to work with our charter customers to determine how the HSD Tester will provide the best impact for cost efficiency and pipeline integrity in the context of service life extension.

Simon C. Bellemare, Ph.D., P.E.

Founder & CEO

Dr. Bellemare is a lecturer at MIT and practices engineering in the areas of mechanics and materials. He launched the consulting firm Bellemare LLC, and co-founded Materials and Engineering Group LLC (MEG) along with MIT professor Thomas W. Eagar. Prior to MEG, he worked as Senior Staff at Simpson, Gumpertz, and Heger (SGH), where he consulted for over five hundred engineering projects. He has significant experience as a trial expert-witness.

Education: Ph.D. (MIT)

NSF SBIR Phase II Award for HSD Tester

HSD V5 Developed and Field Tested

Accuracy and Reliability Metrics Developed from Testing on 124 Samples

NSF SBIR Phase 1 Award for HSD Tester

First HSD Tester in-ditch Experiment