Gareth Hatch is a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. He is interested in helping people to understand the challenges associated with the growing demand for rare-earth elements [REEs] and other critical and strategic materials, and how those challenges affect market sectors throughout the entire technology supply chain. Gareth is also a co-founder of Innovation Metals Corp, a Canadian company working to create an independent, centralized rare-earth separation facility in North America. He is based in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, USA. For several years Gareth was Director of Technology at Dexter Magnetic Technologies, where he led a team focused on the design & application of innovative magnetic devices and systems, in order to solve real engineering problems in the aerospace, defense, medical, data storage, oil & gas, renewables and industrial sectors. He holds five US patents on a variety of magnetic devices. A two-time graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK, Gareth has a B.Eng. (Hons) in Materials Science & Technology and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy & Materials, focused on rare-earth permanent-magnet materials. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Gareth is Newsletter Editor of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He is Founder of the Magnetism & Electromagnetics Interest Group and Strategic Materials Network, both at Linkedin.com, and is a member of the Strategic Materials Advisory Council. Email: ghatch-(at)-techmetalsresearch.com [replace the -(at)- with @].