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Expert in Absorbent Products, Materials Technology, New Product Development, Stage & Gate Process

Expert ID: 727541 Washington, USA

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Expert has 27 years of experience in development of new absorbent products. He was a senior materials scientist for the diaper division of Weyerhaeuser Company for 6 years. In that role, he developed, selected, and specified all raw materials and suppliers for the diaper business. These materials included plastic film, fasteners, superabsorbents, tissue, nonwoven, pulp, adhesives, and elastic. His materials technology work also included test method development. He developed lab tests designed to predict end-use performance and to determine quality in the manufacturing plants. He designed Weyerhaeuser's first elastic leg diaper and specified all materials and suppliers for the successful commercial roll out. He developed and managed world-wide competitive analysis and developed a customer response system which was used to identify critical areas for improvement. Also, customer complaints were analyzed and responses prepared. Expert was responsible for the development and commercial deployment of the raw materials and diaper specification for 5 manufacturing plants.

Expert then applied his absorbent products background to Corporate Research and Development of new absorbent fibers. He presently holds more than 30 patents on novel fibers and actively participated in the patenting process. He worked closely with the patent attorneys to draft patent abstracts, specifications, examples, and claims. He also actively participated in Patent Office actions and drafting responses as well as continuing patent searches and meetings with patent examiners in Washinton DC.

Expert then applied his expertise in product development, project management and team leadership to the successfull commercialization of the patented, novel absorbent fibers. He selected and implemented a diverse team of technical, sales, legal, product safety, business and manufacturing experts to commercialize the products. Product safety and testing were a vital part of the analysis. He worked closely with his sponsoring business to develop value propositions and a complete business plan for the new products. Expert presented value propositions which were specific to key customers and then designed and managed lab testing programs and commercial trials to demonstrate the value propositions. He conceived and managed the creation of a highly successful 6 minute video to introduce the products to customers and to educate business leadership, the sales force and the Technical Service experts. The video was created in four languages and was perceived by the business as one of its most successful communication tools for world-wide marketing. These product introductions resulted in sales of about 100,000 tons per years of product with significant incremental profit.

Following his successful product commercializations, Expert applied his supervisory, teaming, project management and commercialization skills as a Director, to the development and leadership of a company wide stage and gate process which included over 50 projects and a $30 million + development budget. He also directly supervised over 20 project managers and coordinated the process with more than 25 additional project managers as part of a Project Manager Office. He also developed significant expertise in Development Team selection, and organizational development. He developed and presented a series of tutorials for project managers and businesses to consistently utilize the stage and gate process to successfully commercialize products; the business areas included Wood Products, Timberlands, Cellulose Fibers, and Container Board Packaging.

The primary goal of the stage and gate process was to first determine how to profit from technical breakthroughs.

He consulted for the State of Washington on development of a novel washing system for cleaning recycled plastic milk jugs. He wrote a final report that was published for use by recyclers in Washington State.He developed a novel impact modifier to enhance the impact resistance and ductility of ABS, PVC, and Styrene polastics. He sold the technology to a concentrate manufacturer.He consulted for a start up company desiring to develop a new cellulose fiber for absorbent products and tissue. His contribution was to identify laboratory facilities for preparation of samples for customer evaluation and to attend the laboratory trials to develop process conditions required to product the appropriate fiber properties and structure. Also, Expert identified test facilities for the fibers and the resultant products. He also participated in customer meetings to discuss the fiber properties and potential value in tissues and absorbent products. He then drafted a patent application for discoveries made during the lab trials following patent searching. He provided a high level patent search summary for the client.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Seattle, Washington - Tacoma, Washington - Vancouver, Washington - Bellevue, Washington - Everett, Washington - Federal Way, Washington - Kent, Washington - Yakima, Washington - Lakewood, Washington - Renton, Washington

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: M.S. ChE Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Year: 1963 Degree: B.S. ChE Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1977 to 2007 Employer: Weyerhaeuser Company Title: Director Department: Corporate Research and Development Responsibilities: He was Director of New Product Development, Project Management Office, and the Stage and Gate Process.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert has developed and delivered tutorials on many aspects of the Stage and Gate Process, Project management, and business plan and new product development. These tutorials were in person and on-line.
Vendor Selection
Expert has significant experience in developing criteria for selection of raw materials and suppliers including writing specifications and testing candidate materials for compliance. Also, he has experience in forming mutually beneficial relationships and contracts with suppliers and customers. He is very familiar with Weyerhaeuser fiber products and some familiarity with tissue suppliers, and superabsorbent suppliers. He is also familiar with absorbent products test facilities and equipment.
Marketing Experience
Expert has considerable insight into the use of superabsorbents, cellulose fibers, and acquisition layers in absorbent products; this includes diaper design for function, manufacturability, and cost reduction. Expert has demonstrated success in lab and commercial testing of materials to predict end-use performance.
Other Relevant Experience
He has significant experience in materials selection, analysis and testing for absorbent products, plastics, and composites. Also, Expert spend 10 years in plastic compound development in ABS plastics at Borg Warner. This included lab testing to predict performance. His speciality was impact resistance or toughness enhancement of filled and reinforced plastics.

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