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Expert in Decontamination, Precision Cleaning, Ferrofluids, Nanoparticles, Process Design and Development

Expert ID: 728234 Washington, USA

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The behavior of colloidal particles (now nano particles) has been the focus of Expert's professional career, starting with his doctoral studies on the spontaneous agglomeration of fine powders in graduate school. While at AVCO Corporation, he did pioneering work in the development, characterization and application of ferrofluids, superparamagnetic dispersions of magnetic oxides that respond to magnetic fields. More recently, Expert utilized this background to develop precision cleaning processes that met modern environmental requirements, including the cleaning of inertial guidance instrumentation, and the decontamination, both nuclear and chemical, of sensitive electronic, optical and mechanical equipment. Most recently, he developed novel decontamination wipes that meet the Department of Defense's current requirements for operational decontamination. This technology also has application in the removal of pesticides from fragile museum artifacts.

Over the period 1978 to 1988, Expert carried out a series of marketing research assignments for the Research and Development Laboratories of the Dow Chemical Company. The purpose of the studies was to provide impartial assessment of the market potential of new products being developed by researchers at different laboratories of the Company, and that would satisfy both the inventors and Dow management.Between 1982 and 1988, Expert carried out a number of technology assessment and forecasting assignments for the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan. Topics covered included advanced materials, electronic displays, and imaging systems, among others.Between 1975 and 1990, Expert performed a number of market research and technology assessment assignments for Millipore Corporation. Assigned topics included improved filtration membranes, electrodeionization for water purification, and process scale liquid chromatography systems. In March 2009, Expert was contacted by a pharmaceutical company to review its manufacturing process for a zinc powder based ointment. The Company had experienced significant agglomeration of the zinc powder in its manufacturing equipment that resulted in shut down of the plant.Expert reviewed the process, and identified the cause of the problem as the formation of zinc oxide on the surface of the powder being processed. He recommended an alternate dispersion medium for future processing and a way of cleaning the then blocked equipment. Following Expert's recommendations, the Company managed to get its equipment back on line, and subsequently go back into production without any further agglomeration problems.From 1975 to 1984, Expert performed a number of technology assessments for various agencies of the U.S. Government, including the Department of Transporation, The Department of Commerce, and the National Science Foundation. The focus of these studies were primarily on the effects of the introduction of light weight materials into transportation vehicles on their fuel economy, manufacturability, cost of production and cost of operation. He also performed other studies that examined the recovery of scrap materials from discarded automobiles and automobile components, and the effect of the introduction of alternate forms of energy on the refueling infrastructure needed to support an automotive fleet.

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

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1962 Degree: Sc.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: MIT
Year: 1957 Degree: S.M. Subject: Chemical Engineering Practice Institution: MIT
Year: 1956 Degree: S.B. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: MIT

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1985 to 2010 Employer: Entropic Systems, Inc. Title: President -Founder Department: Responsibilities: Expert founded and operated a technology development company that focused on the development of precision cleaning and decontamination processes.
Years: 1977 to 2010 Employer: Argos Associates, Inc. Title: President-Founder Department: Responsibilities: Expert founded and operated a technology consulting and market research Company. Argos Associates, Inc. is the outgrowth of Expert's consulting practice which he started in 1974
Years: 1975 to 1977 Employer: Self-emplyed Title: Department: Responsibilities: Expert performed technical assessment and market research studies
Years: 1966 to 1974 Employer: Avco Corporation Title: Group Leader/Area Manager Department: Advanced Materials Division Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for the development, characterization and synthesis of ferrofluids.
Years: 1961 to 1966 Employer: M.W. Kellogg Company Title: Research Engineer Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Develop novel manufacturing processes for inorganic chemicals
Years: 1961 to 1962 Employer: U.S. Army Title: Lieutenant Department: Quartermaster Research & Development Laboratories Responsibilities: Develop insulated canteens

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2008 to 2008 Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SBIR Program Role: Contract PI Description: Develop Decontamination Wipes for First Responders

Years: 2007 to 2008 Agency: U.S. Army (ECBC R&T Directorate/ Battelle Chapel Hill Operations Role: Sub-contract PI Description: Provide Technical Support to Develop Sensitive Equipment Decontamination Technology that will meet DoD operational decontamination requirements.

Years: 2003 to 2005 Agency: US Army RDECOM/Battelle Memorial Institute Role: Sub-contract PI Description: Develop Ultrasonic Immersion/Vacuum Drying Process for Sensitive Equipment Decontamination

Years: 1998 to 2000 Agency: AFMC HSC/PKR Role: Contract PI Description: Develop an Effective System for the Decontamination of Aircraft Electronic Equipment

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2007 to 2010 Country / Region: Singapore Summary: Support the marketing, development and installation of a Sensitive Equipment Decontamination System (SEDS) at the Defence Science Organization (DSO), Singapore, by Blackstone-Ney Ultrasonics (BNU), Jamestown, NY. The SEDS operates with technology covered by U.S. Patent 7,163,589 (January 16, 2007) “Method and Apparatus for Decontamination of Sensitive Equipment”, issued to Expert, assigned to ARGOS Associates, Inc., and licensed to BNU.
Years: 1995 to 1996 Country / Region: France Summary: Marketed, developed and installed a customized laboratory cleanliness verification system for the Inertial Guidance Instrumentation Division of SAGEM, in Argenteuil, France. The system is used as an enhanced quality control tool by the Customer. Specialized aspects of this job were obtaining CE certification for the system, and the preparation of all manuals in French and English.
Years: 1982 to 1991 Country / Region: Japan Summary: See consulting example 2
Years: 1983 to 1983 Country / Region: Philippines Summary: Performed a Sponsor review and assessment of a research and development contract on the manufacture of organic chemicals from native agricultural products awarded to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Philippines, and sponsored by the United Nations System for Science and Technology Development.

Years: 1982 to 1982 Country / Region: Bulgaria Summary: Assigned as Conference Secretary by the United Nations Developmnt Program (UNDP) for a World Health Organization (WHO) Sponsored Conference of the Health Effects of Agricultural Chemicals for the Lesser Developed Countries of Europe. Kept verbatim notes of oral presentations given in French and English, and helped edit Conference Proceedings.. The Conference was held in Varna, Bulgaria in April 1983 at the invitation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Health.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1967 to present
Professional Appointments
Member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1998 - 2009
Awards / Recognition
NASA Invention Awards (1969, 1975)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the author/co-author of numerous technical publications and reports on precision cleaning, decontamination, particulate phenomena and magnetic liquids. He is the recipient of eighteen issued U.S. patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert was hired four times as an expert witness. The first case, in 1976, involved the shipment of a load of petroleum contaminated with a chlorinated solvent that resulted in significant damage to a refinery. The second and third cases involved patent litigation (in 1983 and 1988): the first on fly ash agglomeration, the second on the use of magnetic liquids as MRI contrast agents. The fourth case, in 2006, involved breach of contract issues in an SBIR contract. In all four cases, the parties involved settled out of court under conditions favorable to Expert's clients.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is an experienced research and development program manager, and a skillful and adept proposal writer.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French French is his mother tongue

Fields of Expertise

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