Polymer Consultant for Electronic Components, Wire & Cable and Flame Retardant Systems

Technical Consultant #1681


Expertise

  • Polymer selection for telecommunications equipment, wire, and cable applications.
  • Real time polymer degradation, stabilization and failure analysis.
  • Flame retardant polymers for wire and cable.
  • Flame, smoke and toxicity testing protocols on wire and cable products.
  • Characterization and analysis of polymers and polymer additives.
  • Low dielectric loss polymer materials.
  • Low dielectric loss and ultra low density foam insulation for coaxial cables.
  • Polymer structure-property relationships.
  • Global materials sourcing and vendor evaluation.
  • Technical seminar development and presentations.

Experience

Independent Consultant, Present

Undisclosed Firm, 1984 - 2009

Principal Engineer, Materials

  • Materials engineering and product development utilizing a variety of polymeric materials for various telecommunications products such as: cables, connectors and antennas.
  • Developed and streamlined materials selection and evaluation processes for use in telecommunications products manufactured in USA and at various global locations.
  • Researched and recommended global suppliers of polymeric materials for wire and cable, antenna and other wireless product applications.
  • Worked closely with procurement team to facilitate vendor evaluation process and purchasing contracts.
  • Developed ultra-low dielectric loss (90% velocity) and ultra-low density light weight foam (25% lighter than standard foam) insulation for coaxial cable applications that resulted in substantial cost savings and significant gain of market share.
  • Formulated and developed new adhesive compound for bonding polyethylene to metal substrates which resulted in annual savings in excess of $1 million.
  • Researched and evaluated novel and cost effective zero halogen flame retardant formulations for cable jacketing applications, resulting in significant annual cost savings.
  • Increased the market share for plenum rated coaxial cables by substitution lower cost, raw materials.
  • Responsible for introducing the in-line compounding of carbon black masterbatch with natural polyethylene for cable jacketing applications.
  • Researched and evaluated competition closely and performed in-depth analysis on their products plastic dielectric products.
  • Formulated and directed research and development projects with external research institutions on: (i) A 25% enhancement in extrusion output by more efficient cooling and (ii) A 20% reduction in material costs for cables by using non-linear finite element modeling.

Senior Research Chemist, 1995 - 2000

  • Responsible for new cable designs and novel material applications.
  • Designed and developed a patented light weight RF connector using composite materials.
  • Established a polymer analysis laboratory for evaluating polymer products and trained laboratory staff on various test methods.
  • Designed and developed a patented plenum rated radiating coaxial cable for radio communications.
  • Directed research and development projects dealing with the applications of composite materials for antennas.
  • Implemented real time weathering studies on cables and cable accessories.

Materials Engineer, 1984 - 1995

  • Responsible for the selection and recommendation of plastics for use on wire and cable products.
  • Patented industry's first zero halogen and low smoke radiating cable for use as a distributive antenna for radio transmission in confined spaces.
  • Solved technical challenges relating to extrusion processing of plastics.
  • Assisted fiber optic cable group in the selection of proper materials and processes.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Member, Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Member, American Chemical Society

Professional Development

  • Effective Executive Speaking - American Management Association
  • Effective Speaking and Human Relations - Dale Carnegie Institute

Recognition and Awards

  • U.S. Government Research Fellowship to study the effects of resin components on Guayule Rubber (Natural Rubber).
  • U.S. Government Post Doctoral Research Fellowship to study the applications of ion exchange resins for trace element speciation and enrichment.

Publications

  • Author of articles for; Society of Plastics Engineers, Journal of Applied Sciences, Wire Journal International, and International Wire and Cable Symposium.
  • 6 Patents in the U.S. and Internationally.

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
  • M.S. Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • B.S. Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics as Majors, Andhra University, Waltair, India
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