Our Research

Driving Innovation

Fundamental Research
Driving Your Growth

At NWES, we provide innovative companies the advice and insights they need to determine their path to further growth. We aid R&D and NPI efforts for new hardware and software products. We deliver the insight, benchmarks, and facts that allow our clients to make the right technology decisions.

Our PI has a broad range of experience and proven track record in a number of basic and applied research areas. This makes NWES the ideal choice for cutting edge research on topics in the physical sciences and engineering. We've worked with private industry and government on topics in the following areas:

  • Optical systems, lasers, and imaging systems
  • Electronics/PCB design and SI/PI-driven design
  • Additive manufacturing processes and systems
  • Stochastics with applications in electromagnetics and finance
  • Optimization techniques for engineering problmes (heuristics and evolutionary algorithms)

Meet our PI

Meet Our PI

Zachariah Peterson is the founder of Northwest Engineering Solutions. He conducted his Applied Physics Ph.D. research in ZnO random laser theory and stability and his M.Sc. Physics research in chemisorptive sensors for environmental monitoring at Portland State University. He also received his MBA (Leadership & Finance) from Adams State University. His research work post-academia includes topics in laser theory, electronics and optoelectronics, finance, and evolutionary computing.

Currently, Zachariah works with PCB design and manufacturing companies, bringing technological insights and foresight to their product development and digital marketing strategies. His goal is to help his clients remain competitive and show technical leadership in a quickly evolving technological landscape.


Research Highlights

  • Over 10 years of experience as an experimentalist and theorist
  • Published multiple peer-reviewed research articles and conference papers
  • Authored hundreds of technical articles for EDA software and PCB manufacturing companies
  • Co-inventor on four utility patents (see below)
  • Honorable mention in the leading column of Recent Advances in Statistical Optics and Plasmonics (Special Issue in Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417), MDPI, 2019)
  • IEEE Photonics Society Member, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society Member, American Physical Society Member
  • Member of INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee
  • Winner of 2 Sigma Xi awards for outstanding research in optics
  • Reviewed and edited hundreds of papers in optics, materials science, machine learning/AI, electronics, and other topics

Selected Publications

  • Peterson, Z. Multimodal Relaxation Oscillations and Stability in Self-Consistent Time-dependent Random Laser Theory. In preparation.
  • Peterson, Z. Causal Transmission Line Geometry Optimization for Impedance Control in PCBs. Proceedings of the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, 2020.
  • Peterson, Z. Ethernet Connectors and Routing Above Ground Planes. Signal Integrity Journal. 1 September 2020.
  • Peterson, Z. Unstable Emission from Random Lasers. Proceedings of the IEEE Photonics Society, 2019.
  • Peterson, Z., Word, R. C., Könenkamp, R. Structural Instability and Dynamic Fluctuations in ZnO Random Lasers. Journal of Applied Physics 124, 063104, 2018.
  • Peterson, Z. Self-consistent theory of random lasing in the time-domain. Optica Applicata 48(4), 2018.
  • Peterson, Z. Kelly's Criterion in Portfolio Optimization: A Decoupled Problem. Journal of Investment Strategies 7(2), 2018.
  • Peterson, Z., Word, R. C., Könenkamp, R. Microscopy Study of Morphological and Optical Changes in ZnO Nanostructures Induced by Pulsed Optical Excitation. Microscopy and Microanalysis 21(S3), Aug. 2015.
  • Peterson, Z., Word, R. C., Könenkamp, R. Zinc Oxide Random Lasers: Threshold Enhancement and Operational Stability. Bulletin of the American Physical Society 60(6), 2015.


  • Peterson, Z., Allen, M., Boyle, T. Method of Securing Online Merchant Reviews Using Block Chains. US Patent No. 16849996. United States Patent and Trademark Office. 12 April 2020.
  • Bellingan, M., Peterson, Z., Pavic, A. Automated Workplace Emotions Research Tool. US Patent No. 16734424. United States Patent and Trademark Office. 6 January 2020.
  • Peterson, Z., Allen, M., Boyle, T. Method of Securing Online Merchant Reviews Using Block Chains. US Patent No. 62833120. United States Patent and Trademark Office. 12 April 2019.
  • Bellingan, M., Peterson, Z. Human Subjects Social Behavior Data Research Tool. US Patent No. 62819446. United States Patent and Trademark Office. 15 March 2019.

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