Custom Technologies LLC was formed in 2012 following the separation from service of our two principals from US Navy's Composite Research and Development Center at NSWC Carderock Division. Our experience is the result of nearly 70 years of combined experience in the application of organic fiber reinforced composite materials in the marine environment. This experience was based on solving chronic and challenging problems in navy by developing unique solutions to address weight, corrosion, maintenance or operational issues. These composite solutions often required developing unique fiber and resin matrix combinations to include glass, S-glass, carbon and aramid fibers with that of vinyl ester, epoxy, acrylic, urethane and engineered thermoplastic resins. These programs were usually initialized in the laboratory and transitioned to the waterfront to evaluate and improve the technology often successfully transitioning to the operational navy. These technologies include topside and underwater hull solutions. The manufacturing processes often utilized vacuum assisted resin transfer molding but also included wet bagging, filament winding, pultrusion and injection molding often partnering with expertise in private industry. These partnerships often included small research firms, testing laboratories, universities, industrial manufacturers, boat sheds and shipyards. Custom Tech is recently providing expertise to the aviation community.


Mike Bergen

Originally from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Mike started his navy career in 1981 in the hydrodynamic towing basins at NSWC Carderock Division upon graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Ocean Engineering. Following 6 years in the tow basin and at sea, he transferred to the composite materials Branch at the Annapolis site. He enjoys a practical hands-on expertise with his experience in composite repair related to airplanes, boats, composite auto and truck parts. 

Dr. Roger Crane

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Roger is a graduate of the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials. He was a composite materials engineer with the NAVSEA Carderock Division (NSWCCD), Structures and Composites Department for 32 years. During his tenure with the US Navy, Roger elevated himself to become the subject matter expert in composite materials for NSWCCD. He was a technical advisor to three program managers at the Office of Naval Research providing advice on composite research being conducted at various universities and industrial organizations.

Dr. Jerry Fanucci

Dr. Fanucci was Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of KaZaK Composites Incorporated. After 20 years, KaZaK was sold to a large defense contractor. Prior to KaZaK, Dr. Fanucci had been employed as VP of a small R&D start-up, by the US Army as a research program manager, and by Kaman Corp. Dr. Fanucci graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980, with a Ph.D. in Advanced Structures Technology. He has authored or co–authored more than 40 technical papers related to design, analysis, testing, inspection, cost reduction, and processing of composite material structures, and has contributed to three books on the subjects. He also holds more than 20 patents on low cost composite structures and manufacturing technology related to military products including missiles, ships, and aircraft, as well as commercial applications from telephone poles to earthquake protection.

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