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Expert in Plastic Piping Materials, Components and Systems especially Polyethylene and Polybutylene

Expert ID: 731913 Colorado, USA

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Expert's background includes more than 18 years of experience including catalyst research in support of polyethylene manufacturing, additive stabilization of polymers, interaction of chemicals with plastics, extrusion production of plastic pipe, plastic pipe material technical service and plastic pipe system component testing. As a result of those efforts, expert holds several US patents, has published several technical papers and has authored a technical standard for ASTM International. End use applications encompassed in his expertise include corrugated (structural) plastic pipe, water distribution and plumbing systems, oil and gas production, gas distribution, and conduit. Expert participates in several industry organizations including API, SPE, PPI, CSA, AGA, AWWA and ASME and is the chair of ASTM F17.61 Subcommittee on Water Piping Systems.

Expert was employed as technical director of a plastics material testing laboratory for more than 18 months and has directed the work of others on a broad array of ASTM and ISO test methods as applied to various plastic materials.

Authorship of ASTM F3034.Completed a project to create Precision and Bias Testing for ASTM F2634.Manuscript created for Electrical Power Research Institute related to the Material Properties of HDPE and their Impact on Heat Fusion Joining of PE Pipe.Facilities audit and condition assessment for polybutylene plumbing in Las Vegas Apartement complexes for acquiring party.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Denver, Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado - Aurora, Colorado - Fort Collins, Colorado - Arvada, Colorado - Westminster, Colorado - Boulder, Colorado - Greeley, Colorado - Longmont, Colorado - Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: PhD Subject: Inorganic Chemistry Institution: Indiana University
Year: 1990 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: Hope College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He is responsible for consulting on all topics related to plastic piping, materials and systems.
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: Microbac Laboratories Title: Technical Director Department: Hauser Division Responsibilities: Direct and coordinate activities of a technical team to prepare test reports on plastic materials and piping system components, products, and assemblies. Provide consulting services on a broad array of technical projects including plastic materials and codes/standards revisions.
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Title: Pipe Technical Service Supervisor Department: Responsibilities: Led a team of technical service engineers to provide experience and expertise on wide variety of technical issues confronting pressure pipe and non-pressure pipe convertors.
Years: 2001 to 2011 Employer: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Title: Pipe Material and Development Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Analyzed new material production technologies for their potential to create innovative products in a variety of end-use applications including pipe, film and blow molding. Represented Chevron Phillips within industry standards organizations including ASME, CSA, and ASTM. Developed new pipe resins. Provided technical service for PE pipe fabrication. Provided analysis and insight into pipe and material standards.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Title: Polymer Stabilization Chemist Department: Responsibilities: Served as internal expert for resin development, manufacturing, technical service, purchasing and licensing. Developed analytical methods utilizing HPLC, IR and DSC instruments. Qualified additives for polyethylene manufacturing. Provided technical and financial analysis of new additives.
Years: 1996 to 2000 Employer: Phillips Petroleum Title: Polymer Research Chemist Department: Responsibilities: Supported polyethylene manufacturing and licensing business from R&D group during new catalyst and product introductions. Scaled-up lab versions of polyethylene catalysts.

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Associations / Societies
American Petroleum Institute
American Society for Testing and Materials
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Water Works Association
Canadian Standards Association
Plastics Pipe Institute
Society of Plastics Engineers
Publications and Patents Summary
More than a dozen patents. More than a dozen refereed scientific publications.

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