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Expert in Abrasive Materials, Grinding, Machining, Manufacturing Processes

Expert ID: 733627 Kansas, USA

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Expert is an expert in all aspects of grinding owing to his many years of experience solving grinding problems in industry and in academia.

Engineer, researcher and educator with industrial experience developing new products and processes, applications engineering, technical sales and project management.

Transferable Skills
 Leadership: Provided vision, goals and work schedules to achieve strategic and tactical goals.
 Organization: Co-ordinated multiple research and industrial projects, including fundamental research and manufacture of innovative products, developing budgets, purchasing equipment, and organizing work schedules.
 Management: Managed applications’ engineering teams and research and development teams to produce innovative new products as directed by customer’s requirements.
 Interpersonal: Managed relationships and resolved conflicts between company staff, distributors, suppliers and customers.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2017 Degree: Doctor of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Year: 1995 Degree: Doctor of Philosophy Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Year: 1991 Degree: Master of Engineering Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Liverpool Polytechnic

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Technology and Aviation Responsibilities: Conduct research and teach mechanical engineering principles.

Lead an academic department to provide teaching and research activities and engage with industry in the area of engineering and manufacturing. Currently developing a program on the grinding of camshaft and crankshafts for small engines for use in unmanned aerial vehicles and light aircraft and the development of a high-precision 3D printer for printing abrasive grains.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Employer: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Title: Department Chairperson and Associate Professor Department: Responsibilities: Lead an academic department to provide teaching and research activities and engage with industry in the area of mechanical engineering and manufacturing. Conducted consultancy projects for Bates Technologies, IN, on the development of bonding systems and structures for honing applications.
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Saint Gobain Corporation Title: Research Leader and Research Associate Department: Responsibilities: Conducted customer focused research and development of vitrified abrasive products. Applied products in a variety of industrial applications.
 Managed team of research engineers supporting bonded abrasives, superabrasive products including diamond dressing tools and cBN grinding wheels.
 Worked in a product focused research and development laboratory conducting analysis of abrasive products.
 Developed a five-year product development strategy for vitrified alumina products with applications associated with cam and crank grinding, creep-feed grinding, double-disc grinding, coated abrasives and abrasive cut-off/foundry applications.
 Developed new bonding systems for seeded-gel abrasives that operate with lower frictional resistance and plowing in order to increase chip making function.
Years: 2004 to 2011 Employer: Purdue University/Micro Machinists LLC Title: Associate Department Head for Research and Director of Research/ Coordinator of the Technical Assistance Program Department: Responsibilities: Associate Department Head for Research and Director of Research 2004-2011
Coordinator of the Technical Assistance Program 2008-2011
Provided teaching and research activities and established a spin-off company to develop research into commercial products, develop funding sources (SBIR, NSF, Venture Capital, etc), and sell nanotechnology products.
 Co-founded university company and led high value research projects in the area of abrasive development (segments for vertical spindle surface grinding on behalf of Duramic and Eagle Grinding Wheel, IL) and 3-D printing of abrasive structures.
 Wrote business plan and won second prize ($15,000) in the ‘Opportunity for Indiana Business Plan Competition’.
 Development product manufacturing processes and applications’ engineering procedures.
 Developed contacts for business development leading to sale of engineered products.
 Performed technical consultancy to over 50 Indiana companies on aspects of product design (created 10 new jobs, saved companies over $1m, and created increased sales in excess of $5m.
 Using on-site test results and manufacturing costs, conducted an economic analysis to determine the optimum tooling product; therefore, reducing costs, improving throughput and reducing downtime.
 Developed an implementation strategy to introduce the new coating technology into the manufacturing environment; resulting in tool life improvements between 50-300% and cost savings between 30-70% Y12 National Security Complex).
 Assisted companies to incorporate the economic analysis methodology into their quoting systems for new products.
 Creep-feed grinding development at Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis plant.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Tennessee Technological University Title: Associate Professor Department: Responsibilities: Provided teaching and research activities and engaged with industry in the areas of mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology. Conducted research to develop laser-dressed vitrified bond formulations for applications in the area of micro grinding, i.e., polishing, bearing ring grinding, injector pumps for TRW and Timken) and processing of nuclear materials for Y12 at Oak Ridge, TN
Years: 1998 to 2002 Employer: University of Liverpool Title: University Lecturer Department: Responsibilities: Provided teaching and research activities and engaged with industry in the areas of mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology (Machining and grinding technology). Conducted research in the area of resin-bonded grinding wheels for grinding of rolls, rail grinding applications, tool and cutter grinding, and creep-feed grinding on behalf of Consort Diamond Products, Centrax, Harlequin International, and Phoenix Abrasives).
Years: 1997 to 1998 Employer: University of Cambridge and University of Oxford Title: Post Doctoral Research Fellow Department: Responsibilities: Provided teaching and research activities and engaged with industry in the areas of mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology (diamond and other hard materials). Conducted research into the wear of diamond and cBN and developed vitrified bonding systems for cam and crankshaft grinding applications (on behalf of Unicorn International).
Years: 1992 to 1997 Employer: Unicorn Abrasives Title: Technical Manager – Applications Engineering/ Materials Technologist Department: Responsibilities: Technical Manager – Applications Engineering 1997-1997
Materials Technologist 1992-1997
Conducted customer focused research and development of vitrified abrasive products. Applied products in a variety of industrial applications across Europe.
 Managed team of applications engineers supporting bonded abrasives, superabrasive products including dressing tools and grinding wheels.
 Worked in a product focused research and development laboratory conducting analysis of abrasive products.
 Developed training tools in the area of applying nanotechnology principles to creating high performance engineered grinding products (vitrified cBN grinding wheels for the cam/crank market in the USA and Europe).
 Produced a monthly technical report for management detailing project milestones and a schedule of future work.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2001 to 2002 Agency: UK Role: Elected Councillor Description: Politician

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1967 to 2002 Country / Region: United Kingdom Summary: Lived and worked in the UK

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
• Fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining, (UK).
• Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London (UK).
• Member of the ASME, ‘American Society of Mechanical Engineers’, (USA).
• Member of the ASM, ‘American Society of Materials’, (USA).
Licenses / Certifications
• Chartered Engineer (1998), Chartered Scientist (2016) and Chartered Environmentalist (2016), London, (UK)

Additional Experience

Other Relevant Experience
Technical Accomplishments
 Computer: Microsoft office, mechanical design packages: finite element analysis, CAD/CAM.
 Authored technical reports for industrial companies.
 Presented 100+ papers at technical conferences.
 Published 100+ peer reviewed scientific papers and edited books and book chapters.
 Developed workforce education manuals and developed training courses.
 Developed new products and provided applications engineering support for new and existing products.
 Directed university/industry applied research projects with major customers.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Full

Fields of Expertise

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