Expert in PVC Formulating, Compounding, Extrusion, Testing, Product Performance, Weathering, Color Concentrate
She published over 65 technical papers on polyvinyl chloride, received unprecedented 9 best technical paper awards from the SPE Vinyl Division, is the first female Fellow Member in 61 year history of SPE. She was a chairman of technical committees at Vinyl Window & Door Institute of the Society of Plastics Industry, Vinyl Siding Institute and American Architectural Manufacturers Association from 1976 up to 2003. She developed and worked with the industry on most of the test methods and performance standards used by the vinyl window, decking, fencing and siding industry today. She issued 6 patents on PVC. She conducted numerous seminars and developed and conducted training programs on PVC. She is presently Vice President of Premier Polymer & Processing Consulting Inc. She successfully provides technical consulting on PVC to national and international clients in Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.
List of her services includes rigid and flexible PVC formulating, composites technology, foamed compound formulations, color concentrate technology, cost reduction, compounding process development, extrusion processing, productivity improvements, extrusion and product performance problem investigation and solving, technical training on PVC extrusion, weathering, testing; acting as an expert technical witness in legal cases.
Examples of accomplishments:
- Developed numerous PVC extrusion powder and pellet rigid and flexible compounds for various applications, including vinyl siding, windows, fencing, decking, custom profile weathestripping, pondliners, films, sheet, etc.
- Developed expertise on PVC processing morphology resulting in many publications and ability to solve customer's problems, optimize compounding, extrusion and co-extrusion process.
- Developed expertise on PVC degradation, stabilization, weathering, lubrication, impact modification, reinforcement, which resulted in many technical publications, issuance of patents and most importantly ability to formulate for best performance at the lowest cost.
- Developed expertise on dimensional stability of the exterior application products, resulting in development of composites with superior field performance in these applications and technical publications.
- Conducted plant audits, identifying areas for improvement and problem solving. Increased extrusion plant productivity by 40-50%, improved product quality, reduced compound cost realizing $1.5MM/year cost savings without sacrifice in performance
- Acted as a expert technical witness in legal cases, resulting in client's win.
- Trained numerous technical personnel, including engineers, plant supervisors, operators, etc.
She has developed, scaled up to production and commercialized the cost efficient rigid PVC formulation for improved dimensional stability of vinyl siding, She has developed new ABS / wood foam composites and PVC / wood composites for profile extrusionShe has increased extrusion plant productivity by 40-50% though process optimization and technical training of plant personnelShe has been the expert technical witness in legal cases, which resulted in client win.She investigated numerous product performance problems and extrusion process problems and successfully found and incorporated solutions
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin - Gary, Indiana
|Year: 1968||Degree: BS||Subject: Polymer Engineering - Synthetic Fibers||Institution: Moscow Textile Institute|
|Year: 1980||Degree: MS||Subject: Polymer Science & engineering||Institution: Case western reserve University|
|Years: 2003 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Vice president and consultant||Department:||Responsibilities: Premier Polymer & Processing Consulting Inc.: She is a world recognized PVC expert and technical consultant to PVC industry, including compound formulation development, compounding and extrusion process, cost reduction, product performance, weatherability, industry standards, technical training, expert technical witness.|
|Years: 1976 to 2003||Employer: BF Goodrich / Geon / PolyOne Inc.||Title: Senior R&D Fellow||Department: PVC R & D||Responsibilities: She was responsible for R&D programs and strategies in rigid, semi-rigid and flexible PVC, represented company in industry organizations, SPE, SPI, AAMA|
|Years: 1968 to 1973||Employer: Plastics Company, Ukraine||Title: Engineer||Department:||Responsibilities: Material selection including PE, PP, PS, Nylon & PVC and process development, including injection molding, blow molding, film extrusion and calendering|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1988 to 1988||Country / Region: Czechoslovakia||Summary: She presented technical paper at International PVC Symposium|
|Years: 1992 to 1992||Country / Region: Great Britain||Summary: She visited extrusion plants, ran trials on PVC foam|
|Years: 2004 to Present||Country / Region: Costa Rica||Summary: She provided technical consulting to the client|
|Years: 2005 to 2005||Country / Region: Germany / Holland||Summary: She provided technical consultingto the clients|
|Years: 2006 to 2006||Country / Region: India||Summary: She provided technical consulting, training to the client|
|Associations / Societies|
|Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) - Fellow Member, 1st female Fellow member in 61 year of SPE history
American Architectural Manufacturers association - AAMA
|Chairman of Technical Committees at SPI VWDI and AAMA - developed numerous industry standards for vinyl windows, composites and vinyl decking
Member of Board of Directors at SPE Vinyl Division
Chairman of Education committee of SPE Vinyl Division
Paper reviewer for Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology
|Awards / Recognition|
|Best SPE Vinyl Division technical paper awards in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2010, Technical Contribution to Vinyl Industry Award in 2008,
BF Goodrich - Outstanding technical achievement award in 1985
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|She has over 65 published technical papers on PVC and other polymers, 6 patents and chapter on PVC weathering in PVC Handbook|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|As an expert witness, wrote affidavits, reports supporting the client, attended depositions and hearings.|
|Training / Seminars|
|She is an outstanding public speaker, presented technical papers at numerous (over 50) conferences, conducted industry seminars, conducted internal company training programs and training programs for clients personnel. The training programs include: PVC weathering, PVC processing, PVC extrusion, lubrication mechanisms, Industry standards, problem solving, PVC testing, etc.|
|During tenure at BF Goodrich, Geon / Polyone, she closely worked with vendors on testing and selecting and approving optimum additives. She still has close contacts with the vendors, providing service to her clients. She also provides technical consulting to the vendors for PVC industry|
|She has a vast experience ( >30 years) in bringing products to the market, starting from the design stage and finishing with complete commercialization. This includes making sure that the product meets performance requirement, that it can be successfully produced in manufacturing, that it performs well on scale-up equipment at customers and finally setting-up performance specifications. approximately 60% of all rigid PVC compounds sold by former employer were developed by her and commercialized with her assistance.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|She is very strong industry leader, very organized, motivated to be always successful, outspoken, reliable and honest with her clients.|
|Russian||She is highly proficient, fluent in speaking, reading and writing - native language, speak Russian at home|
|Ukrainian||Limited knowledge, understand everything, speak with some difficalty, read fluently|