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Expert in Electroplating, Phosphate and Titanium Anodizing

Expert ID: 736689 Massachusetts, USA

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Electroplating Chemist, Titanium Anodizing Specialist, Waste Water Treatment Chemist and Manganese Phosphate Chemist. Operates a commercial greenhouse growing a specialty tomato. Over 40 years in a technical or managerial capacity with a wide range of experience in Process Engineering and Technical Sales.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: AA Subject: Chemistry Institution: Holyoke Community College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chemical Process Consultant- Surface Finishing Department: Responsibilities: Technical Consultant to the Electroplating and Surface Finishing Industries offering chemical process improvement and troubleshooting skills in a highly varied application environment. Specialize in Phosphate and Titanium Anodize process chemistry and have developed proprietary chemistries in both fields.
Developed mathematical control models for Hard Coat, Chromic, and Titanium Anodizing and offer training in the use of this technology to achieve high precision reproducible results.
Offer expertise in Risk Assessment/Recovery planning covering all facets of industrial operations including utility management, environmental impacts, and human and plant resource allocation. Provide a comprehensive Energy Audit Service for which I have written a very powerful process energy modeling program that is used to provide precise current and scenario-based results.
Years: 2011 to 2016 Employer: Poly-Metal Finishing Inc. Title: Laboratory Manager-Electroplating and Surface Finishing Department: Responsibilities: Management and control of a NADCAP-approved Analytical Laboratory.
Responsible for all processes and chemistry as well as guidance and supervision of the laboratory and chemical process personnel. The company is an Anodize, Hardcoat, Prime, and Paint facility serving the defense industry. All components processed had to meet flight safety criteria as well as the specification-driven requirements. Managed and controlled the Waste Water Treatment facility as well as all Hazardous Waste functions at Poly-Metal.
Developed a new proprietary Teflon-Hardcoat process for Poly-Metal that was much more effective and stable than the chemistry in use.
Years: 1998 to 2011 Employer: Westfield Electroplating Company Title: Laboratory Manager-Electroplating and Surface Finishing Department: Responsibilities: Management and control of a NADCAP-approved Analytical Laboratory. Responsible for all processes and chemistry at Westfield as well as guidance and supervision of the laboratory and chemical process personnel. Developed mathematical models that allow precise control of many complex chemical processes including the “Alrok” conversion coating, “Titanium Anodize” Type II, Electroless Nickel, Manganese Phosphate, and an unusually high thermal conductivity Hard Chromium plating process. These models have allowed complete control of these processes and in the case of the Alrok coating have put Westfield in the position of being the only company capable of operating the process. The models are now at the forefront of plating technology in that they allow adaptation to rapidly changing process conditions and predict control parameters with absolute accuracy. Supervise the Operation of a Grade 3 Waste Water plant and hold a Grade 5 Certification.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Employer: W H Milikowski Title: Technical Sales-Greenhouse Department: Responsibilities: Technical sales to the wholesale Greenhouse Industry. Direct sales, new account development, and technical support to growers. Sales territory included northern Massachusetts and the Boston North Shore which was the home ground of Milikowski’s largest competitor. Personal and concurrent experience as a Greenhouse Manager growing flowering tropicals allowed for the development of personal trust and business loyalty with my customers which served to challenge the sales dominance of Milikowski‘s competitor.
Years: 1990 to 1996 Employer: Fountain Plating Title: Supervisor-Electroplating Department: Responsibilities: Direct supervision of all production personnel and processes at Fountain Plating. Responsible for scheduling, process control, and inspection of the Electroplating, Masking, and Finish Painting Departments. Additional responsibilities included employee training, and evaluation, shipping and receiving, and control of the water treatment plant. Experienced in precious metal, Nickel, Chrome, and Electroless Nickel plating.
Years: 1989 to 1989 Employer: Dielectric Polymers Title: Technical Manager-Specialty Tape Department: Responsibilities: Technical manager of a specialty Silicone adhesive tape company. Duties included: product development, quality assurance, and direct supervision of the Chemical Department and tape manufacturing line.
Years: 1983 to 1989 Employer: Monsanto Chemical Company Title: Senior Research Technician-Polymer Science Department: Responsibilities: Exploratory and applications research in surface coatings.
Hold four (4) patents* in Unsaturated Acrylic-Melamine Hybrid Catalysis for automotive applications.
Research on low temperature, high solids clear coats for the automotive and business machine markets. The system developed offered very high solids, brilliant surface gloss along environmental resistance, and was designed to supplant the Melamine cross-linked systems then in use in automotive coatings. Specialized in free radical driven polymerization systems with an emphasis on their catalysis with Transition Metals and peroxide generators.
Years: 1980 to 1982 Employer: Title: Electroplating and Wastewater Treatment Systems Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Provided assistance in the design and operation of industrial wastewater treatment plants to companies in the metal finishing industry. Services included chemical process and procedure troubleshooting and process optimization.
Years: 1978 to 1980 Employer: National Blank Book Co. Title: Chemist-Electroplating and Adhesives Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1972 to 1975 Employer: C. H. Dexter Corporation Title: Research Technical Adviser-Specialty Paper Department: Responsibilities: Developed the original Polyester/Wood fiber “Stay-Dry” liner sheet for baby disposable diapers sold in the trade as “Pampers” diapers.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Grade 5C Massachusetts Wastewater Operators License
Medical / Professional
Grade 5C Massachusetts Waste Water Operators License
Publications and Patents Summary
4 US Patents in Hybrid amino resin compositions.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Appeared as the lead expert witness for the plaintiff in a misuse, misdirection suit involving Manganese Phosphate chemistry.
The plaintiff prevailed in a multi-million dollar settlement.

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