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Mechanical Characterization Areas: Materials Science, Polymers, Soft Materials, Metals – Expert

Technical Consultant #2526


Expertise

  • Experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of project management in academic and industrial settings.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in chemistry, materials science, data analysis, and polymers.
  • Measurement of tensile and compressive properties of biomedical polymers and metals.

Expert Witness Experience 

  • Aided in characterization and compilation of results for hernia mesh litigation.
  • Prepared data for thesis advisor to serve as expert witness in this litigation.

Experience

K. G. R. G.,  Durham, NC, Independent Consultant, 2019 - Present

  • Assessed components of PXG golf clubface through static and dynamic testing.
  • Evaluated cleaning of Ethicon Physio mesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh for litigation.
  • Managed mechanical characterization of Ethicon Physio mesh Composite Hernia Mesh for litigation.

Undisclosed University, Durham NC Ph.D. Candidate, 2019  - Present

  • Studied additive effects on hydrogels for articular cartilage replacement.
  • Organized data and results for further investigation.
  • Exhibited outcomes of project in weekly research updates.

Research Experience

K. G. R. G., Durham, NC, 2019 – Present

Independent Consultant

  • Assessed components of PXG golf clubface through static and dynamic testing.
  • Evaluated cleaning of Ethicon Physio mesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh for litigation.
  • Managed mechanical characterization of Ethicon Physio mesh Composite Hernia Mesh for litigation.

Graduate Research Assistant, 2017 - Present

  • Studied additive effects on hydrogels for articular cartilage replacement.
  • Organized data and results for further investigation.
  • Exhibited outcomes of project in weekly research updates.

Research Groups of Dr. Rongchao Jin and Dr. Stefanie Sydlik, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015 - 2017

Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Researcher

  • Aided with the synthesis of gold nanoclusters and block copolymers.
  • Conducted experiments to explore catalytic applications of gold nanoclusters.
  • Guided a set of tests on the mechanical properties of polymers.

Belcan, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017

Contract Chemist

  • Analyzed success of metal catalyst.
  • Implemented solutions to improve catalyst performance.
  • Displayed results of work to Polyurethane stakeholders.

Covestro, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016

Application Development Intern

  • Performed study of resin effects on various floor coatings.
  • Organized data and results for further investigation.
  • Exhibited outcomes of project to Coatings management team.

Bayer Material Science, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015

Polyether Process Research Intern

  • Trained in safety practices and industrial research.
  • Contributed to the development of strategies for polyol purification.
  • Presented results to Polyurethanes leadership team and stakeholders.

Academic Projects

Study of Homopolymers

Block Copolymers, and Random Copolymers, 2015

  • Pursued further study of the mechanical properties of polymers made from n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA).
  • Culminated in a graduate-level laboratory course on polymers created from Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP).
  • Manuscript completed for the Journal of Chemical Education.

Molecular Design and Synthesis of 4-isopropylaniline, 2015

  • Received a target molecule and restraint conditions.
  • Designed a procedure that synthesized, purified, and analyzed the target compound.
  • Solved unexpected problems and communicated results in a poster format.

Synthesis of Gold Nanoclusters for Understanding CO Oxidation, 2015

  • Sought to understand the role of the cerium oxide support in a catalytic reaction.
  • Manuscript completed for publication in Elsevier Ltd.

Analysis of Ascorbic Acid Content in Various Fruits and Juices, 2014

  • Team of four students analyzed Vitamin C content in natural fruits and juices.
  • Collaborated with team members for quantification by titrations and HPLC.
  • Demonstrated results of project to professors and fellow classmates.

Honors & Publications


Credentials 

  • 3D Printing
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Biomedical Microsystems
  • Nanotechnology Materials Lab
  • Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
  • Materials Synthesis and Processing
  • Chemistry Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E): Bio-design
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E): Bio-design
  • (I&E): Research Technology Translation
  • Research Independent Study: Breast Tissue Market Materials
  • Research Independent Study: Cervical Myelopathy Study

Languages 

  • Spanish - beginner in writing and reading

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Duke Fellows
  • Advanced and Professional Degree Consulting Club
  • Duke Materials Research Society

Awards

  • Society of Duke Fellows
  • Advanced and Professional Degree Consulting Club
  • Duke Materials Research Society

Publications

  • Author and Co-Author of peer reviewed articles and educational text (graduate level).

Education

  • Ph.D.  Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • M.S..  Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • B.S.   Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
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