2017 Executive Board Candidates

Candidates nominated and endorsed by the SPE Nomination Committee

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President-Elect

 
Brian Grady

Vice President-Business

 
Jeremy Dworshak
 
Rajiv Sanghavi

Vice President-Marketing and Communications

 
Conor Carlin
 
Sassan Tarahomi

Vice President-Events

 
Maria Ciliberti
 
Jaime Gomez

Vice President-Divisions

 
Creig Bowland
 
Mridula Kapur

 

Other Eligible Candidates

Vice President - Divisions

 
David Bigio
 
Harrison Yu

 

 
BRIAN GRADY
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
 
  • Member of Executive Committee: 5/08 to 5/12; Secretary 5/10-5/11
  • EPSDIV Board Member: 5/03-present; Chair 5/07-5/08; Awards Co-Chair 5/12-5/15; Membership Chair 5/15-present EPSDIV ANTEC TPC or Co-TPC- 5/05-5/06; 5/11-5/12; 5/16-5/17
  • Councilor-Oklahoma City or Oklahoma Section 5-04 to 5/08; 5/12 to 5/15; Member Board of Directors-Oklahoma City or Oklahoma Section 5-04-5/15; 5/16-present Newsletter Chair-Oklahoma City Section: 1/98-12/05 5
  • EUROTEC TPC: 11/11 ANTEC Mumbai TPC for Advances in Materials: 12/12 ANTEC Operating Committee Chair 5/07-5/08 Operation Planning Committee Vice-Chair: 5/11-5/15; Chair 5/15-5/16 New Technology Committee Member 5/05-5/12 Nominating Committee: 5/13-5/16
 
Here are the top five things I have done for the society, with the first being the most important in my opinion:
 
  • When the Oklahoma City Section folded in 2005, it was done in a reasonable process. The following were accomplished 1) 10 K in assets were preserved; 5 K to run the Eiffel tower contest and 5 K to the Foundation 2) Instead of just disappearing, the section merged with the Bartlesville/Tulsa section to become the Oklahoma Section meaning that members were not stranded in terms of what section they belonged to.
  • For almost 20 years I have been involved with the Eiffel Tower contest at the Oklahoma Science Fair, and for the last 15 I have been running it (writing rules and working with the high school/junior high kids) with the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation contacting schools, registering people and doing publicity. The Eiffel tower contest involves pairs of student building towers out of twist ties and straws and holding an object on top. Over the years the objects have included softballs, rulers, 2 x 4’s and others. Approximately 50 two-person teams per year compete in the contest, and cash prizes are awarded. The Oklahoma Science Fair draws a total of ~2000 kids/year and other contests such as a Rube Goldberg contest and toothpick bridge contest are held sponsored by other Engineering Societies. Companies and Universities also have information Tables.
  • As a Vice-President of the Society in 2008-2012 these are the most important things that I contributed to: During economic crisis 2008-2009, SPE reacted responsibly. New conferences in Europe and Asia. Joining with SPI for NPE/ANTEC (in Council in particular I think my support was very important since not many Councilors really understand ANTEC well). Meeting minutes as Secretary were always done quickly and accurately. Also involved in the non-renewal of Susan Oderwald and hiring of Wim DeVos.
  • I was involved with Technical Programming for 2 new conferences; first Eurotec and first ANTEC-Mumbai. I organized technical sessions at both conferences. I was also involved in the planning of the conferences. Both conferences did very well, in my opinion, for first-time conferences and I feel like I contributed. Of the ~200 talks at the first Eurotec, I personally solicited or had sessions of about 25% of those talks, with ANTEC-Mumbai, I was one of the few non-local members of the Technical Programming committee and my experience (along with the other non-local members) was very important in helping the technical part of the program.
  • As Operational Planning Committee-Vice-Chair and then Chair, key things that happened during my tenure was eliminating the different requirements for receiving money and not going on probation, and a minimum requirement for document availability for Council. We also developed a FAQ for the SPE’s Leadership that still appears on the website. I contributed heavily to all of these things, and wrote some of the FAQ.
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
 
  • University of Oklahoma: Asst. Professor 3/94-6/99 Assoc. Professor 7/99-6/05, Professor 7/05-present; Professor and Director 8/14-present I am currently employed as the Director of the School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. The department is ABET accredited, has approximately 600 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, and grants B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
  • Visiting Professor, Chulalongkorn University: 7/98-present
    Once a year for two weeks, I travel to the Petroleum and Petrochemical College at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand to teach half of a graduate course. I also co-advise MS and PhD students, and have co-advised approximately 40 students over the 20+ year time period.
  • Max Planck Institute for Colloid and Interfacial Science: 8/00-8/01
    I spent one year on sabbatical in this institute which is located just outside Berlin, Germany.
  • Procter and Gamble: 6/87-8/89 As a project engineer, I was responsible for the design, construction, startup and operation of a $200,000 pilot plant. My many duties included managing the technicians and contractors required to operate this pilot plant.
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
 
Having earned a PhD I have been employed as a Professor for more than 20 years, yet I started my career as a Process Engineer at Procter and Gamble with a Bachelor of Science degree only. I always tell people I did not learn to do research in graduate school, I learned to do research at P&G. I also run an industrial consortium so interact with industry on a weekly basis. I feel that having a presence in both places where SPE gets its members from gives me a unique perspective on how to be a leader in the Society.
 
In leadership positions across the Society I think I have brought certain consistent traits. I am a very analytical thinker; I analyze situations (my wife would probably add “to death”!) and make choices based on what I believe is best for the Society. During my analysis, I solicit opinions of everyone possible and I view this solicitation as an extremely important trait of my leadership style After a decision has been made, I am happy to explain my reasoning, especially to those that may not agree with the decision. I characterize my style as trying to gather all relevant information as quickly as possible, then make a decision and implement. I also pride myself of being as truthful as possible.
 
In academics, a leader really can’t force tenured Professors to do something; and the same holds for volunteers of the Society. I believe the management style one needs to be successful within the Society has much more in common with an academic leadership style than an industrial one, and I think I am very suited for such a role. I will determine the capabilities and desires of the people that I will be working with as President, and do the best I can to put them in roles where they will succeed. I understand that people are very busy and I will never be upset with anyone who says when offered a task or position that they don’t have time. I will, however, hold people accountable if they say they will do something and they do not.
 
I believe that my international experience is an important asset that I will bring to SPE. I spent a year with my wife and two children living and working in Potsdam, Germany. At one point I could speak reasonable German; today I can fight my way through it. Within SPE, I played a large role in organizing the first SPE conference outside North American (EuroTec 2011); I was also an important part of the first SPE ANTEC Mumbai. I am on the Advisory Board for the Petroleum and Petrochemical College at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; in fact I am writing this document in Thailand! I recently spearheaded the signing of two student exchange agreements with Chemical Engineering departments in China. I do not pretend to understand how other countries work but I do feel that I have some appreciation that SPE needs to adapt its goals and programs for other countries.
 
I think it is important to state that the Society exists for the benefit of its members. However, what is a member today? Is it only those that pay the membership fee? Or does it include those that pay the membership fee and are also e-members? When I first joined SPE most of the people that attended the local section members were not members of the National organization; what about other people that work in plastics? What about people that provide content to SPE yet aren’t members, e.g.authors of papers in our journals. I think we need to use and try to grow our paying members to provide the basis for revenue generation for the society, but we also need to recognize that member dues as a percentage of revenue has been shrinking and in my opinion will continue to shrink. So SPE really does exist for the benefit of all that work in the polymer industry, although the benefits for those that are paying members is definitely larger. Our programs need to recognize that revenue generation will come from both dues-paying members as well as others that work in plastics.
 
In conclusion, I would echo the words of my second PhD graduate. We are about the same age and in fact he was working during most of his PhD full-time at a tire company. He once said of me that I demand excellence, both from myself and everyone around me. I took that as a tremendous complement, I believe I strive to bring excellence to everything that I do and will do my utmost to make SPE an excellent organization for all those that work in the plastics industry.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
Summary of beliefs regarding the needs of the Society and its members and how would they be addressed:
 
The fundamental question I would ask of me is "Since you haven't been involved with Society governance for over a year, why are you running?". The answer to that really is that I purposefully pulled back from SPE for 2 reasons. The first, and most important, is that I felt like I needed to recharge my batteries and get excited about SPE again. I wondered, "would I miss governance" and the answer was yes. The fundamental reason is the people; I really enjoy the people of SPE, the Councilors, the Executive Board and the staff. The work was always fun honestly; in what I do SPE uses a different part of my brain than doing research and teaching, and I view SPE work as being enjoyable, almost like a hobby. The second is that in my new job as Director of an academic department, I wasn't sure I could give SPE business the time required. Now that I am in my third year, I know I can do it and am willing to do it. My boss, Dean Tom Landers, is very enthusiastic in fact about this opportunity.
 
I think an entirely legitimate question is whether I have kept up enough with what is going on with SPE to be a good President-Elect. I have read all of the meeting minutes and have had long conversations with Scott Owens, the current President, to feel comfortable that I can do the job as President-elect. I am under no illusions about the amount of work required, reading meeting minutes only gets someone so far. If I am elected, I plan to have long conversations with Scott and Raed Al-Zubi (next year's President) to come up to speed. I am not at all worried about knowing enough about SPE to be President, if I can't figure out in a year what I need to know then I shouldn't be running!
 

 

 
Jeremy Dworshak
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • Injection Molding Division (IMD), Board of Directors: 2011-present.
  • Executive Committee, Treasurer: 2016-present.
  • ANTEC TPC for IMD: 2015
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
  • Steinwall, Inc.
    2007 - present.
    R&D Manager: responsible for sales & marketing and research & development.
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the EC this past year. Becoming more involved within SPE has allowed me to engage in new relationships and challenges. I would like the opportunity to continue serving SPE.
 
 
 
Rajiv Sanghavi
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
He has been a Member of SPE since Nov. 1996. In 1998 he become a member of the Managing Committee and thereafter held the position of Hon. Secretary from the year 2004 until 2011. From the 2011 to 2015 he was the President Elect and since July 2015 he is the President of SPE India Section. As part of the SPE India he has successfully conducted several Conferences including the Conference held last year in Mumbai viz. PLASTIC PIPES’2015 and the most recent Conference on Polymers Additives Masterbatches and Compounding (called PAM2017). He is instrumental in carrying out the Conferences meticulously with special care related to content of the papers to be presented, finding the right venue for the Conferences, Delegation of Work and ensuring that the event is held successfully. He was head of the Finance Committee for the last conference. The first ANTEC MUMBAI 2012 Conference needs special mention as he was part of the organizing team in terms of planning and execution of the work leading to the grand success of this event.
 
He has worked closely with leading plastic associations in India namely AIPMA, GSPMA, Saurastra Plastic Association, TAPMA, IPI, OPPI, IPF by assisting them in organizing Trade fairs across India. At the recently held Plastivision 2017 in Mumbai which just completed today SPE organized a small conference at the event.
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
Rajiv Sanghavi is a Graduate in Commerce from University of Mumbai and has a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from North London Polytechnic UK. After his return from U.K. in 1981 he continued in his father’s business of manufacturing Decorative Laminates. Itching to do something on his own he established his own Company Satellite Plastic Industries in December 1983 offering Plastic Processing Machinery from Italian Principals. Specialising in machines for the production of PVC Pipes, HDPE Pipes, Corrugated Pipes, SATELLITE has now over 700 major Installations in India at leading Plastic Processors viz. Jain Irrigations, Reliance Industries, Supreme Industries, Ashirvad Pipes, Astral, Prince Pipes, Finolex, Kisan Group, Kriti Industries, just to name a few. Over the years we have built a reputation of not only being a Suppliers of The State of Art Technology but also complimented with excellent after Sales Service and timely deliveries. In the year 2000 he established our first Joint Venture with Gamma Meccanica Spa, Italy to produce Recycling Machines in India with Italian Technology. The success of this venture was followed with 2 more Joint Ventures with SICA Spa., Italy for Post Extrusion Down Stream Machines for Pipes and Borghi Spa. Italy, for Brush Tufting Machines. Recently we have developed Corrugators for Corrugated Pipes in a technical co-operation with ITIB Machinery, Italy.
 
Rajiv heads the SATELLITE Group of Companies which also includes one Manufacturing Unit in Rajkot to produce Corrugated Pipes for the Middle East Market. Our trust is towards exports and we push our customers to niche products which are globally acceptable. We also export our machines and products to the neighboring countries viz. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma and ofcourse the Middle East Countries.
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
 
Use my administrative and financial skills in Strategic Planning of SPE events and SPE activities.
Increase SPE Visibility in developing countries like Africa and Latin America and ofcourse in India and Far East countries.
 
Design schemes to increase revenues for SPE not only by way of memberships and conferences but also by way of promoting Trade Fairs, Participation in international events related to Plastics.
 
Not only to further the cause of SPE but infuse new and creatives ideas to make it a globally renowned association.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
He has also served as a Committee Member at PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION. He has presented several papers at Conferences held in India and overseas. He understands the needs of the Indian Plastic Industry and helps the customer grow with new ideas and initiatives by emphasizing on Technology updating and providing better prospects to the Industry. His vision is to see the Plastic Industry grow 10 folds in the next 5 years and provide a platform for the Indian Producers to sell their products globally.
 
Conor Carlin
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • SPE Member since 2000
  • Thermoforming Division: Membership Chair (2001 – 2008); Technical Program Chair (2002)
  • Managing Editor (Thermoforming Quarterly: 2006 – present); winner of numerous Pinnacle Awards
  • SPE Foundation Secretary (2015 – present); developed new case studies for PlastiVan marketing campaign
  • Sustainability Division (2016 – present); newsletter editor
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
Please view my LinkedIn profile for a complete list of professional experiences, including publications: www.linkedin.com/in/conorcarlin
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
Too often, the role of marketing and communications is treated as a 'soft' role, or a 'soft skill'. While skilled marketers now rely on data analytics and smart visualization tools, they still have to master fundamentals such as the 4 Ps or the 5Cs of marketing strategy. New tools such as marketing automation platforms and content management systems require hard skills, not unlike what are found in finance and executive management positions.
 
In addition to the mechanics of marketing, there is the art of communication. Despite the proliferation of 140-character outbursts, language still matters. Clear language, more precisely, ensures that we understand each other and each others' meaning. When you add a layer of globalization, such as we see in SPE, then one must take additional care to allow for nuance and shades of grey.
 
Over the course of my career and graduate education, I have acquired many new skills which are relevant to the role of VP Marketing & Communications. Experience, of course, is still the greatest teacher, assuming one has the wisdom to acknowledge mistakes and learn. I believe that I am at a stage of my career where I have a sound balance of skills and experience to succeed in this role.
 
 
SASSAN TARAHOMI
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • Started the TPO Shanghai Conference in 2016 and the Conference chair and Sponsorship chair for the 2016 & 2017 (300+ attendee is expected for the March 28-30, 2017 conference )
  • TPO Conference, Troy, Michigan, Co-Chair October 2014 – present (900+ attendee)
  • President of Detroit Section 2014-2005
  • SPE Detroit Section Technical Program Chair 2011-2015
  • Material Auction Committee member 2009 - present
  • TPO Conference, Troy Michigan, Sponsorship & House Chair: 2009 – 2014
  • President Elect of Detroit Section 2013-20014
  • 1st Vice President of Detroit Section 2012-2013
  • 2nd Vice President of Detroit Section 2011-2012
  • Started two new Committee during my presidency 1- Next Gen & 2- Historian 2014
  • SPE Fellow: 2014
  • SPE Detroit Section Star Award 2013
  • SPE Detroit Section Outstanding Member Award 2015
  • SPE Detroit Section Past President Award 2015
  • Started a new Plastics Program at Schoolcraft College 2012
  • Started a Plastics Processing lab at Schoolcraft College in 2016 with $50K cash donation from SPE Detroit, $400K in equipment donation from IAC, Milacron and Krauss-Maffei and an additional $200K cash from Rhetech and Schoolcraft College combined.
  • Started Next Gen Committee for the Detroit Section during my presidency term
  • Mentoring University students at FSU, MSU, Kettering, UT, MMCC & Schoolcraft College
  • Schoolcraft SPE Student chapter adviser 20014 -present
  • Assisting the SPE Detroit section board on the TPO Conference website and helping to continually make it easier and more useful for our membership.
  • Advising the current and upcoming presidents of the SPE Detroit Section in all matters of the Section operation.
  • Assisted and mentoring SPE Toledo Section to operate as a healthy section 2014- present
  • Winner of Gold Communication and Gold Pinnacle Award during my Presidency of SPE Detroit Section
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers, Dir. of R&D & Process Engineering, January 2017 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Plastics Technology at Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan campus May 2013 - Present
  • International Automotive Components Group, Engineering Manager, March 2007 – January 2017
  • Lear Corporation, Engineering Manager, May 2006 – March 2007
  • Lear Corporation, Engineering Supervisor, June 2003 – May 2006
  • Venture, V.P. Engineering & Product Development, February 2002-May 2003
  • Venture, Technical Director, February 2000 – February 2002
  • Venture, Engineering Manager, April 1997 – February 2000
  • Bailey Corporation, Program Manager, July 1995 – April 1997
  • Roehr Tool Corporation, Dir. of Eng. & Op. Mgr., January 1991-May 1995
  • Roehr Tool Corporation, Sr. Project Engineer, April 1989 – January 1991
  • Comet Products Inc., Mechanical Engineer, April 1988 – March 1989
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
In 29+ years of career in engineering, I have successfully transformed many organization to be the leader in their industry. I was able to introduce efficiency into everyday work while developing new products and attracting new customers.
 
The most important assets that I would bring to SPE executive board is Active Listening, People Skills, Conflict Resolution and helping the board to prepare SPE for another 75 years.
 
I strongly believe in giving back to my community, state, nation and our global community! I am a volunteer and will continue to be a volunteer. This position requires many hours of work and dedication to the SPE and I am ready to take the next challenges that SPE can offer me.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
I do appreciate the opportunity to be considered for the SPE International vice president of marketing and communication position. Please do not hesitate to call me on my cell 248-259-5624 or send me an email to starahomi@comcast.net if you have any question about my qualification or capability to do this job.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Sassan
 
JAIME GOMEZ
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • VP & Executive Committee Member since 2013
  • VP & Secretary 2014
  • VP & Treasurer 2015
  • VP Marketing & Communications 2015 - Present
  • NGAB Liaison 2013 - 2016
  • Extrusion Division Board Member 2009 - Present
  • Student Chapter President UCONN 1989
 
Accomplishments
  • Received SPE Honor Service Member Award 2014
  • Received SPE President's Cup 2014
  • Next Generation Advisory Board mentor, advocate and facilitator since 2012
  •  Helped generate SPE 3 year Operating Plan
  • Co-developed SPE 3 Year Marketing & Communication Plan
  • Set up foundation for Extrusion Division strategic plan
 
Strengthening of Non-dues Revenue Model
Producer and Director of The Plastics Race. TPR is an event created to help generate revenues for the Society while engaging students and young professionals in an activity that promotes networking and plastics education.
 
Developed a conference model called P2P (Pellet to Part) to bring revenues to the Society. In this conference model SPE serves as a moderator or a conference oriented towards a particular value chain.
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
 
  • President Holland Colours 2015 – Present
  • VP Market Development Novatec 2014 – 2015
  •  Global Business Development Manager K-Tron 2008 – 2014
  • Partner ProSilane, Inc 2006 – 2007
  • Vice President Equitech 2003 – 2006
  •  Vice President Datacolor 2000 – 2003
  • Director Strategy & Bus. Dev. Corning, Inc 1997 – 2000
  • Business Development Manager FMC Corp. 1995 - 1997
  • Project Scientist Union Carbide Corp. 1989 - 1995
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
25+ years experience in the plastics industry in different capacities. Experience in composite materials and plastic film barriers, compounding and dosing equipment and the color industry (Masterbatch and color measurement). Frequent speaker at international forums and conferences. Managed and organized over 50 international conferences while at K-Tron.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
  • PhD in Polymer Science.
  • MBA in International Business & Marketing.
  • Member of ACS and AIChE.
 
MARIA CILIBERTI
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
Active member of SPE since 2003 and have held various leadership positions over the years, in Europe and in the USA. Roles include the following:
 
  • 2003: SPE Automotive Division - Technical Conferences Committee
  • 2004: SPE Automotive Division - Innovation Awards Committee & Lead for the Performance & Customization Category
  • 2005: SPE Automotive Division - Board of Director, Innovation Awards Committee & Lead for Body Exterior Category
  • 2006: SPE Automotive Division - Board of Director, Innovation Awards Committee & Lead for Safety Category
  • 2007: SPE Automotive Division - Board of Director, Innovation Awards Committee & Lead for Body Interior Category
  • 2008: SPE Automotive Division - Board of Director, Chair of the Innovation Awards Gala
  • 2009: SPE Automotive Division - Board of Director, Chair of the Innovation Awards Gala
  • SPE Central Europe - Automotive Awards Judge
  • SPE Central Europe - Board member
 
SPE Automotive Division's Innovation Awards Gala generated over $175,000 in sponsorship fees and tickets regularly. Successfully integrated numerous OEM representatives into the leadership community, strengthen the society's automotive events and impact.
 
Accomplishments
With over 30 years experience in the plastics industry, I have worked in the USA and in Europe. My professional experience is as follows:
 
  • Bachelor's of Chemical Engineer from the Ohio State University (1985) and a Masters in Business Administratino (1989)
  • Dow Chemical: 1989 to 1996 worked in Polyolefins in various roles including Product Management, Market development, marketing research and environmental (e.g. recycling).
  • GE Plastics (now known as SABIC: 1996 to 2001 worked in the USA and Europe in multiple automotive marketing roles.
  • StaMax and Owens Corning: 2001 to 2004 established a start-up thermoplastics composite joint venture between DSM and Owens Corning known as StaMax serving in the role of Commercial Director, North America and later leading composites business development in structural applications.
  • Composite Technologies: 2004 to 2005 leading Sales and marketing.
  • Ticona, now known as Celanese: 2005 to 2016 in various roles in the USA and Europe including Automotive Director, Europe Commercial Director, Americas Business Director, and Vice President of Sales.
  • Borealis: 2016 to present - Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development, based out of Austria.
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
A highly driven, international business leader focused on growing businesses, particularly, plastics. Enjoy working with experience various cultures. Strong communicator who values contributions of a team.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
Having worked with SPE as a volunteer for over a decade, I believe it's role in the world of the plastics industry is critical - that is, to educate the next generation of plastics engineers as well as promote the benefits plastics provides to society.
 
CREIG BOWLAND
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • Current Councilor for the Composites Division.
  • Set up the first Divisional Student Chapter
  • Part of the change in governance for the Society
  • Worked with HQ on start up and continuation of the new conference: Cyclitech
  • Worked with SPE and JEC to coordinate activities between the two societies for the benefit of both
  • Member of the Finance Committee
 
Member of the Executive Committee for the Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE)
This is one of the most successful conferences for SPE with over 1000 attendees per year and 90 to 100 peer reviewed papers. I have been the Chair of the Conference three times and the Technical Program Chair 5 times. Year after year we have a successful team of committed individuals who help make this conference a success. It is one of my passions to be involved with this conference.
 
I have also been Chair of the Composites Division when it first started and helped the Division through a tough financial spot when we lost a lot of money on our very first conference. This was done prior to the start of the ACCE.
 
I have also done all the chairs in the Division at one point or another. I am also an Honored Service Member of the Society
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
  • SE Regional Sales Manager for CPIC Fiberglass. Technical Sales of fiberglass into the composites industry. October 2016 to Present
  • Owner: Colorado Legacy Group, LLC. A consulting firm for the Composites industry and a technology supplier for the Long Fiber Thermoplastics Industry. 2002 to October 2016
  • Senior R&D Associate: PPG Fiberglass Industries. Responsible for the interface between sales, marketing and R&D to support the explosive growth in the LFT business for PPG. During my time at PPG we grew the LFT segment of their business by 10 fold. September 2006 to June 2013
  • Owner: Still Water Construction: A remodel construction company in Colorado. 1997-2001
  • LNP Engineering Plastics: Senior R&D Scientist. Responsible for the design and formulation of LFT products for LNP. 1996-1997
  • Exxon Senior Chemist: Responsible for the design and formulation of Taffen: A GMT product for the composites industry 1995-1997
  • Fiberite: Senior Analytical Chemist: Ran the corporate R&D Analytical labs and was the chemist responsible for PMR15 resin formulations for Fiberite. Was part of the team that developed the 977 resin family that is the current standard for the aerospace industry. 1991-1995
  • Celanese: Senior Chemist: Responsible for the start up and R&D efforts that lead to the development of commercial LFT that is currently sold under the Celstran name. 1987-1991
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
I have a passion for the divisions of SPE. I have had the honor to be involved with the Composites Division since it's inception and have seen the struggles that divisions have first hand. I believe that the future of the Society is in the hands of the divisions and it would be my pleasure and honor to assist our divisions to become more successful.
 
There are many keys to success on the divisional level and one of them is support from SPE HQ. I believe I am uniquely qualified to understand and facilitate that support.
 
I also can offer guidance and support for conferences and issues related to retention of board members.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
As President of my local section of SPE, I was able to control costs of hosting Vinyltec. We had hosted this Conference in Indianapolis once before and we were very successful. During the first Vinyltec, we had a record amount of Sponsorships sold, this enabled my section to sustain during the economic collapse. And also, Vinyltec awarded us with hosting a second Conference based on this success. I was the Sponsorship Chair for this first Conference. A key determining factor to be awarded the 2nd Vinyltec, was that I would be involved in the planning and organizing of the event. I was voted Chairman of the Vinyltec local committee we just held last year in Indianapolis. The event was a huge success. I was even able to have the National President (Vijay) attend our opening day and Speak to kick-off the event. The main key to the success of this conference was to maintain control of the costs and spending of my Board. I was able to succesfully do this.
 
MRIDULA KAPUR
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • Elected Fellow of the SPE in 2016
  • Engineering Properties and Structure Division (EPSDIV) Councilor 2016 to present
  • EPSDIV Board member 2013 to present
  • Blow Molding Division Board member 2009 to 2012
 
As Councilor, proposed ways to improve the ANTEC conference offering, in keeping with today’s attendee needs while staying true to SPE’s core identity.
 
I redesigned & updated the SPE Blow Molding division web-site. I also provided input to improve the technical content of the Annual Blow Molding conferences, and contributed to the conference organization.
 
Over the years I have actively participated in various SPE sponsored events (ANTEC, South Texas Section Polyolefins conference and the Annual Blow Molding conference) by presenting papers and moderating sessions. I received the Blow Molding Division ANTEC 2009 best paper award. My presentation was recognized as one of the "Best of ANTEC 2009”.
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
1991 to present: Employee of the Dow Chemical Company
 
  • Executive summary: Dr. Kapur is a Materials Science Fellow in the Packaging and Specialty Plastics Business Unit of the Dow Chemical Company. She has worked for Dow in Tarragona, Spain; Terneuzen, the Netherlands; and is currently based in Freeport, USA.
  • Her work spans various areas of research and development including a novel multifunctional analyzer approach for product quality control; combination of catalyst-process-polymer materials science knowledge with application specific performance relationship understanding for new technology development to meet evolving market needs; and emphasis on intellectual property protection. 
  • The products developed by Dr. Kapur have resulted in significant sales, in excess of 500 million lb to date. The product portfolio that she developed was recognized by the Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics 2014 Commercial Excellence award. She has 15 granted US patents and over 25 priority applications. She has over 30 external publications and conference presentations
 
Dr. Kapur is also involved in defining University and External Institute-Industry collaboration programs as a means to leverage and accelerate research.
  • 1991: Post Doctoral assignment at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. Research: Oxygen Separation Membranes
  • 1990: Ph.D., Dept. of Chemistry, Texas A&M University. Research: New Amorphous Silicon Alloy Systems
 
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
  • Use my administrative skills in Strategic Planning of SPE events and SPE activities.
  • Increase SPE Visibility in developing countries like Africa and Latin America and ofcourse in India and Far East countries.
  • Design schemes to increase revenues for SPE not only by way of memberships and conferences but also by way of promoting Trade Fairs, Participation in international events related to Plastics.
  • Not only to further the cause of SPE but infuse new and creatives ideas to make it a globally renowned association.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
I have over 25 years of work experience in the Plastics industry. I have led global, multi-functional technology development teams to deliver successfully versus key business objectives. I am actively involved to develop the next generation of researchers through mentoring, sharing technical knowledge, and organizing career development events. Such site-wide events were attended by over 300+ employees, with 97% positive written survey feedback.
 
My skillset can be summarized as follows:
  • Demonstrated technical and people leadership
  • Ability to successfully partner with team members and stakeholders from multiple backgrounds.
  •  Self driver with a bias for action and focus on delivery
  • Service to the technical community and talent development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 
 
HARRISON YU
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
I have been serving the SPE Detroit Section since 2007 i the following positions:
 
  • Councilor from Polymer Analysis Division (PAD) 2016 – present, Chairman for PAD 2009 – 2011, Technical Program Chair (TPC) for ANTEC 2009 from PAD
  • SPE Medical Plastics Division (MPD) board director 2011 – present, TPC for SPE Medical Plastics TOPCON 2013 China
  • Chairman for SPE Global Leaders Identification and Development Subcommittee 2008 – 09
  • TPO Conference Co-Chair October 2014 – present
  • Councilor from Market and Management Division (MMD) 2006 – 2009, Acting TPC for ANTEC 2010 from MMD
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
  • CEO and Founder for Bondable Biopolymers, LLC, 2009 – present
    1. Subverted traditional quantum mechanics, established new quantum mechanics, advanced the understanding of biopolymers, embodied the science discovery into a method of making products from biopolymers and additives
    2. Expanded the above natural science discovery into the field of macroscopic social sciences. This expansion is subverting the macroscale incomprehension of Hayek-Keynes-Harari-Huntington. It is subverting traditional thinking system from Marx and Huntington. The behaviors of this system of thinking are all based on instinctive impulse, conflict, antithesis and struggle. A new thinking system is created to adapt to and to understand the Era of Resource Information Explosion. This new system of thinking believes that the macroscopic world is intelligible. It is a new system for understanding the macro world through direct factors rather than indirect factors.
  • Senior Chemist at ThermoFisher Scientific, 2002 – 2008 Giant corporation new technology division (Develop & transfer technologies from benchtop to pilot plant, & to manufacturing floor) in continuous production (Brand Loyalty), and six granted US patents
  • Polymer Engineer at Kelly Scientific, 2001 – 2002
    1. Commercialized science/technology/engineering services inside the customer sites
    2. Investigated and Developed gas phase filtration devices made from shaped polymer articles, gel of silica, beads of carbon, and microscopic particles of metal
  • Manufacturing Engineer and Team Leader at Alloy Polymers, Inc, 1999 -2000
    1. Scaled the results of clients’ pilots up to manufacturing capabilities/repeatability, and negotiated
    2. negotiated contract terms of engineering, technology, production, and services.
    3. Managed production/engineering projects, and sold production line capacity.
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
This VP candidate for Divisions could offer the capabilities, skills and experiences in subverting traditional thinking system, establishing new thinking system, advancing science understanding, and embodying a science discovery into significant, innovative, and useful technologies.
 
If elected, the focus of VP Divisions will be to release the potential abilities of the Plastics industry and its professions. The potential abilities are the capacities to create, obtain, and use newly added most valuable resources-information in the Era of Resource Information Explosion.
 
Einstein put it well, the definition of insanity is to do the same things over and over again, and expect different results. Fundamentally speaking, the so-called voluntary slavery is to accept the traditional thinking system enslavement voluntarily. This candidate proposes that SPE actively and voluntarily subvert traditional thinking system in a way of advancing with the time, and accept new thinking system in a way of advancing with the time. The new thinking system should adapt to the Era of Resource Information Explosion.
 
The world is intelligible. VP Divisions programs should advance both science and technologies via direct factors instead of indirect factors. Factors directly related to things are the direct factors. Factors not directly related to things are indirect factors. The potential abilities of the Plastics industry and its professions can be greatly released via advance understanding, and embody the understanding into significant, innovative, and useful technologies.
 
SPE globalization program seems facing a challenge. There seems to be a much less of willingness for non-North American professionals to participate in a volunteer-led organization and as a result, the value of SPE membership is neither recognized nor sought out. Advance both science and technologies via direct factors instead of indirect factors, and “Same behavior Same Treatment” will draw renewed interest from international professionals. “Same behavior Same Treatment” means same behavior is treated as the same.
 
The will of the majority must be carried out. The right of the minority must be protected. The voice of the individual must be heard and protected as well.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
In this remarkable paper, Economics and the Austrian Method, Hans-Herman Hopper expands Ludwig von Mises's view that natural science methods cannot be successfully applied in economic theory. With the expansion of Hopper's philosophy, human beings cannot directly understand macroeconomic phenomena through natural science approach. They can only understand macroeconomic phenomena through indirect factors, following non-natural science approach. It is impossible to improve macroeconomic theory in a way of advancing with time just as natural sciences do - macro incomprehension.
Einstein put it well, the definition of insanity is to do the same things over and over again, and expect different results. Fundamentally speaking, the so-called voluntary slavery is to accept the traditional thinking system enslavement voluntarily.
 
Einstein put it well, the definition of insanity is to do the same things over and over again, and expect different results. Fundamentally speaking, the so-called voluntary slavery is to accept the traditional thinking system enslavement voluntarily.
 
The microscopic world is increasingly accurate, but the macroscopic world is increasingly missing its direction. The above feature is the fundamental character of the Era of Resource Information Explosion. Fundamentally speaking, the so-called voluntary slavery is to voluntarily accept the traditional thinking system enslavement. This candidate subverted the traditional quantum mechanical system, and created a new one. Activated quantum particles can interact with each other in a mild field, and the interactions can have clear and controllable macroscale performances.
 
This candidate has expended this natural science discovery into the field of macroscopic social sciences. The expansion has its practical values. This expansion is subverting the macroscale incomprehension of Hayek-Keynes-Harari-Huntington. At the same time,it is subverting traditional thinking system from Marx and Huntington. The behaviors of this system of thinking are all based on instinctive impulse, conflict, antithesis and struggle. A new thinking system is created to adapt to and to understand the Era of Resource Information Explosion. This new system of thinking believes that the macroscopic world is intelligible. It is a new system for understanding the macro world through direct factors rather than indirect factors.
 
This extension successfully explores the feasibility of applying natural science methods in the macro-social sciences. Mankind can understand macroscale social phenomena through natural science approach. Through direct factors, human beings can understand and handle macroscale social phenomena by the method of natural science. They can continue to advance macro-social theory by clarifying, testing and defining macro-social phenomena in a way of advancing with the time.
 
 
DAVID BIGIO
 
 
Positions held within SPE (specifics about the position, timing and accomplishments).
  • Extrusion Board – 1992- present – current role TOPCON
  • Education chair – 1992-1996 – Created the Minitec model of 1-day technical conferences, (at a time when the TOPCONs were mostly inactive). The Minitecs are designed build participation in various Sections. As part of the approach, a library of topic modules have been created and maintained by the division. This concept has been adopted by other divisions.
  • Extrusion Board Chair – 2002 – During my stewardship the first Division awards for work in Twin-Screw Extrusion was created (by Coperion). Subsequently there have been 2 others added to the Division.
  • SPE Short Course reevaluation - Worked on a committee under national to evaluate the short course offerings and to make recommendations for the future. One idea was to start to make on-line offerings as a viable approach.
  • SPE-IAC Chair – As chair of this committee we have started a process to redirect the efforts of the committee from creating projects (wins) to promoting interactions that each member finds useful. From that new directions for the committee will be formulated.
 
Professional experiences (employers, length of employment, job title or description).
  • 1992 – Pres, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
  • 1986-1991, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
  • 2009-Ongoing, Co-Director of the Southern Maryland - ME Program
  • 2007-2013, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering
  • 2000-2006, Associate Director of QUEST Program.
Other Employment
  • 1983-1986, Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I was a graduate research assistant for Professor Lewis Erwin studying mixing in laminar flow for my PhD. I specifically examined the nature of mixing in the co-rotating, fully-intermeshing twin screw extruder.
  • 1980-1984, Senior Environmental Engineer, Pacific Environmental Services, Performed various technical and regulatory tasks for EPA and DOE. Supported the Compliance Division of the USEPA in the State Implementation Program. Analyzed the opacity regulations for the US, concentrating on categorizing the States and regulatory consistency. Analyzed the steel industry as to technical and regulatory issues. The work required the synthesis of technical, regulatory and legal issues in proposing policy actions.
  • 1978-1980, Senior Engineer, Energy and Environmental Analysis, Assessed viability of industrial flares as control technology. Combustion efficiency for flare operation was determined using fluid dynamic modeling and combustion theory. Estimated the potential for national industrial energy conservation to various industrial sectors. Developed a national industrial energy consumption survey for the Department of Energy.
 
Please summarize your capabilities, skills and experiences that you would offer as a leader of the Society.
My (unique) contribution is that I can hear three things simultaneously: where people/groups are, both in terms of what is holding them back and what visions they have; what is fundamental to the area – what is it that people want to do being on the board of a division, what is the Society moving towards and what is the environment; and designing/suggesting directions and pathways that calls to people from where they are, inspires them to action, and creates a learning/growing environment.
 
My history has been to create structures and practices that continue on and grow after my direct participation.
 
Initially, I would contact/meet with the divisions (especially at ANTEC) and then establish a periodic call, perhaps 4-6 weeks, so as to support their activities. This would allow me to be a liaison to them, the other divisions, and the Society. I would like to set up a periodic call with all the divisions I work with to create a larger Division conversation which would be a resource at many levels.
 
Additional information you would like to share.
Russ Gould, a long-time member of the Extrusion Board, often focused the discussion about future activities/directions for the board by asking the question, “Is it good for the members?” I use that motto to guide me in my activities. Currently, though, I think that idea has to be expanded to include people who are non-members as well. We are in a period where companies are not supporting membership in SPE nor are they sending them to conferences. Furthermore, we have entered a period where new professionals are more interested in consuming rather than joining. The Society has started to explore that approach; my role as VP of Divisions would be to get the pulse of the divisions and their activities and provide possibilities for various vehicles for expanding their reach – both to current members and to non-members. Furthermore, creating vehicles for communication across divisions, covering many topics, may be useful in generating ideas and synergies.
 
There is a lot of knowledge and experience contained in each division of the Society and exploring ways to promote that knowledge and to make it available to the industry would be a way to expand participation in the Society. Furthermore, since I think many of the members are part of SPE so that they can contribute. Creating more avenues for that expression would also grow the satisfaction of being part of the Society.