Composite, Plastic, and Rubber Characterization and Testing Expert

Technical Consultant #2087


Expertise

Polymeric Engineering

  • Polymeric engineering materials (plastics), including rubbers, adhesives, sandwiches, and fibers
  • Composite materials testing.
  • Materials for chemical mechanical polishing (CMP)
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)

Laboratory Management

  • Microscopy
  • Metrology
  • Lab safety
  • Writing lab procedures
  • Lab personnel training
  • Quality Improvement-Cost Reduction
  • Six Sigma
  • Real time location system (RTLS)
  • Metrology
  • Applied statistics

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Manufacturing, Research & Development, Senior Engineer, 2010 - Present

  • Support Air Craft Operations by reducing cost, and flow time, and improving product quality through development, implementation, and continuous improvement of manufacturing equipment, tools and processes.
  • Manufacturing, research and development focal person for additive manufacturing, Six Sigma, metrology, polymeric engineering materials, and rubbers.
  • Instructor and mentor in Six Sigma course.
  • Consulted in additive manufacturing by several commercial aircraft programs.
  • Supports manufacturing aircrafts by reducing cost, and flow time, and improving product quality through development, implementation, and continuous improvement of manufacturing equipment, tools and processes.
  • Led various projects in following areas: elastomeric tooling for fabrication of composite parts; 3D printing of parts; application of RTLS (active and passive tags) to composite material part fabrication and raw material storage; quality improvement and defect reduction in area of composite materials parts; qualification and introduction to manufacturing shops of new equipment; designed equipment for accurate and higher resolution measurement of rotor blade geometry.

Dow Chemical Company, (Rohm and Haas), Newark, DE, Senior Scientist, 2003 - 2009

  • Subject matter expert in material characterization and qualification, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of test data (for production, raw material quality, process and product improvement, patent attorney).
  • Principal investigator of projects focused on detecting property-performance correlation.
  • Managed project to build material property data base of major products.
  • Test method development and customization.
  • Determination of structure-processing-property relationship.
  • Managed program conducted to test company's products and build material property data base.
  • Responsible for physical-mechanical characterization of new raw materials for one product worth $500 million in sales.
  • Introduced new test methods to reduce testing time, increase accuracy and precision.
  • Laboratory Manager: planned work and supervised technical personnel.
  • Training of technical personnel.
  • Writing of company lab procedures.
  • Determination of structure-processing-property relationship.

University of Delaware, Center - Composite Materials, Newark, DE, Research Engineer, 1996 - 2003

  • Principal investigator and team member on various research and development projects in areas of materials, testing, processing, and design for government and industry (various companies, i.e., Sikorsky, Gore, Lyondell-Basell, Solectria, Webcore and DuPont-Hardcore Composites).
  • Operated and managed research programs for government and industry in areas of materials, testing, processing and design.
  • Investigations of projects focused on detecting property-performance correlation.
  • Written and presented technical proposal and estimates to win new work.

Academia Activity, 1987 - 1996

  • As a Researcher and Development Engineer for various organizations, industries and government, working on site at the following locations; Rome, Naples, Salerno, Italy and areas in the U.S.
  • Provided investigation on various research and development projects in areas of materials, testing, processing, and design, including proposal writing.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Industry Advisor for University of Delaware Senior Design Project: Design, analysis, fabrication and testing of composite wakeboard
  • Annual SAMPE University Research Symposium, Poster Contest, University of Delaware
  • National and International Instructor: Six Sigma Certified Green Belt, and Black Belt Training
  • Administering courses for University of Delaware, Dow Chemical Company, Boeing
  • Laboratory tests and result analysis training for Technicians and Engineers
  • Physical and mechanical testing of composite materials and polymers. Course designed for graduates and undergraduates
  • Instructor on engineering plastics: Technologies of Materials for graduate students, Faculty of Architecture, (Rated best instructor by the students), Italy
  • Instructor at Faculty of Engineering, Materials Technologies, Italy

Lecturer

  • Mechanical testing - composite materials
  • Engineering plastics and engineering materials, (plastics, metals, ceramics)
  • Materials Technologies - Mechanical Engineering

Languages

  • First language Italian with equivalent skills in English.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering - SAMPE
  • American Society for Testing and Materials - ASTM (Committees D11, D30, F42,

Publications

Author and Co-Author

  • Two book chapters (Engineering Plastics and Design)
  • 45 papers: Physical-mechanical material characterization, design, and processing.

Patents

  • One patent U.S. awarded, two pending and three invention disclosures submitted.

Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • PgD. Polymer Science, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, (With Honors), University of Naples, Naples, Italy
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