Pantcho Stoyanov is a Senior Engineer R&D at the Innovation Ventures Group, responsible for leading IVG development programs from the discovery through development and commercialization. His research interests include materials in extreme environments, tribology, and additive manufacturing. Pantcho holds a bachelor degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a Ph.D. from McGill University with a focus on micro- and in situ tribology of thin film coatings. In 2011, he became a postdoctoral researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute IMW/ Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), where he studied the deformation mechanisms and phase transformations in metal – ceramic sliding contacts. Pantcho is currently an active member of the Materials Tribology Technical Committee in the Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE) as well as a session chair at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). He has made contributions to the field of materials science and tribology with several journal publications, patents, and invited talks at leading technology events. Connect with Pantcho Stoyanov on LinkedIn and/or ResearchGate.