- Materials characterization and testing.
- Polymer structure-property relationships.
- Formulating thermoplastics and elastomers for specific mechanical properties.
- Dielectric (MHz-GHz) property measurement.
- Mechanical, thermal, microscopic, spectroscopic analysis
- Finite Element Analysis.
Independent Consultant, 2003 - Present
- Providing polymer characterization and engineering support.
Alcatel Telecommunications, Claremont, NC, Senior Research Scientist, 1999 - 2003
- Nucleating packages for impact modified polypropylenes.
- Thermoplastic compounding for easy access buffer tubes.
- Cost reduction of steel tapes.
- Buffer tube material for emergency repair kits.
Beloit Manhattan Research and Development, PA, Senior Research Scientist, 1992 - 1999
- Failure analysis of roll covers for paper machines.
- Manage polymer characterization group.
- Research of elastomers includes: Adhesion, tribology of elastomers, finite element analysis, compounding, thermal conductivity, acoustic analysis, surface analysis of composites, water transport, linear and non-linear mechanical properties, electron microscopy, EDAX, method development.
Alcoa Technical Center, Alcoa Center, PA, 1990
- Characterized optical response of polyurea coating filled with aluminum flake and iron particles in gigahertz frequency region.
IBM Research, San Jose, CA, 1985 - 1986
- Assisted with designing and developing a monitor to characterize, concentration and orientation of asymmetric iron oxide particles in a flow field.
AMI American Microsystems, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, 1985
- Investigated thermal properties of molding compounds used for IC packaging.
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, 1983 - 1985
- Explored infrared methods to characterize sizing on graphite fibers.
Honors & Publications
- Adhesion Society Meeting Award
Publications and Patents
- Author and Co-Author of papers, presentations, and meeting materials.
- 9 patents pending.
- Ph.D. Materials Engineering and Science (MESC), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
- M.S. Chemistry, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
- B.S. Chemistry, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY