Franz Kellar, BSME 1985
Franz Kellar earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, in 1985. He was awarded the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 1992, a national honor. He earned an M.B.A. from Duke University in 2001. Franz is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Manager. He began his career at General Electric, Aircraft Engine Business Group, in Cincinnati, Ohio, focusing on military programs. Franz has extensive knowledge of precision engineering and specialized manufacturing techniques, having designed and built precision computer-controlled machine tools for more than 15 years and established critical processes around the globe. In 2003, he founded Kinemax Engineering PLLC. He now specializes in intellectual property development, medical product early stage corporate development, commercialization, and management. Franz has over 25 patents issued and pending, and has originated or contributed to asymmetrically valuable intellectual property related to medical and industrial devices in a variety of fields. Franz is working with leading innovation centers, hospitals, and surgeon groups to deliver cost-effective medical devices that produce improved clinical outcomes and better quality of life for patients. In 2016 Mr Kellar cofounded the Charlotte Center for Translational Medicine. Companies led by Franz are establishing a nationally prominent precision design and manufacturing base in North Carolina – collaborating with innovation centers around the nation and internationally.