Bruce Prime, Ph.D, Thermosetting Polymers Expert
Bruce Prime has over 30 years’ experience developing polymeric materials and their processes for a variety of high technology products. He is an expert in crosslinked polymer systems such as coatings, adhesives and electronic materials. Bruce is a fellow of SPE and NATAS and was the 1989 recipient of the International Mettler Award in Thermal Analysis. Bruce has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in chemistry from Loyola Marymount University. He is a co-editor of the book Thermal Analysis of Polymers: Fundamentals and Applications (Joseph D. Menczel and R. Bruce Prime, editors, John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
Robert Humphreys, Ph.D., Industrial Chemistry and Biopolymers Expert
Bob has over 28 years of experience as a scientist and senior R&D manager in renewable chemicals, industrial adhesives, specialty polymers, and household and personal care products. He has been a member of teams that have commercialized many new molecules and formulated products. He established and managed successful joint research programs with customers, raw material suppliers, and universities (N. America, Asia, and Europe) and has submitted successful proposals for government funding in both the USA and Europe. Bob has a Ph.D. in Organic Photochemistry (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada) and postdoctoral research experience in peroxide chemistry and photochemistry of metal alkoxide complexes (University of Utah, Salt Lake City). Bob holds 24 issued US patents.
Chris DeArmitt, Ph.D., High Performance Thermoplastic Polymer Expert
Chris is an expert in thermoplastics and plastics additives/fillers with 18 years’ experience leading teams turning market needs into new products and revenue. His industrial career includes leadership positions in R&D and Technical Marketing at Electrolux (Frigidaire), BASF, Hybrid Plastics and Applied Minerals. He has chaired several conferences and given innumerable invited lectures. Chris has published over 40 book chapters, articles, and international patents. He is a Chartered Chemist and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry at age 37. Chris has a Ph.D. in Surface and Polymer Science (University of Sussex, Brighton, UK).
Robert Iezzi, Ph.D., Polymers and Corrosion Expert
Bob has more than 40+ years of experience in polymers and corrosion, including plastics, polymer and metal coatings, cleaners and pretreatments for metals and plastics, and intellectual property. Most of his experience was obtained while working in R&D at Fortune 500 companies, specifically Arkema Chemicals, Campbell Soup, Betz-Dearborn, and Bethlehem Steel, where he developed and commercialized dozens of innovative products. He was awarded seven U.S. patents, multiple foreign patents, and has authored two book chapters and 50 publications in respected technical journals and conferences. Bob earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science (polymer coatings and corrosion specialty) from Lehigh University; M.S. in Physics from Kent State University; and B.S. in Engineering (chemical specialty) from Widener University.
Zoltan Mester, Ph.D., Environmental and Statistical Design Expert
Zoltan Mester is an expert in environmental issues in new product development (air permitting, waste treatment, hazardous waste disposal, chemical registration, etc.) Additionally, Zoltan is an expert using advanced statistical design of experiments (DOE) Zoltan holds a Ph.D. in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Mester is currently an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in Orange, CA and teaches Environmental Sustainability classes.
Gretchen Mavrovouniotis, Ph.D, Design for Six Sigma Expert
Gretchen Mavrovouniotis is a specialist in Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). She provides high quality training and consulting in Six Sigma process improvement in addition to DFSS. She is a certified Master Black Belt and has over fifteen years experience at reducing defects and variation in complex manufacturing processes and product development projects. Gretchen received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.
Jack Horner, Thermoset Processing Specialist
Jack Horner has 31 years’ experience working with thermoset materials and is an expert in the processing of thermoset polymers, specifically in bulk molding compounds (BMC), sheet molding compounds (SMC) including experience in the processing of epoxies and phenolics. A main portion of his focus was in the area of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester BMCs. Jack worked as a Global Sr. Technical Support Specialist for one of the world’s largest suppliers of BMC compounds. During his working years Jack graduated Magna Cum Laude at Aurora University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
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