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Expert in PVC Formulating, Compounding, Extrusion, Testing, Product Performance, Weathering, Color Concentrate

Expert ID: 723610 Illinois, USA

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Expert is a globally recognized expert and industry leader on polyvinyl chloride with 35+ years of experience and outstanding record of achievement in Research & Development of vinyl polymers. She worked for BF Goodrich / Geon / PolyOne (same company) for 27 years. During her career she conducted basic research on PVC, developed new compounds, worked with customers to launch new products, worked with manufacturing to establish quality control and product specifications, worked closely with raw material suppliers evaluating and approving additives for use in PVC, worked with the industry organizations to establish industry standards. She started her career as an engineer, but she was frequently promoted to become the first female Senior R&D Fellow in the company's history. She developed expertise on formulating vinyl compounds and vinyl color concentrates, compounding, processing, weatherability, dimensional stability, long term properties, new product development and launch, performance testing, quality control, industry standards, technical selling, writing and public speaking.

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

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
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

International Experience

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

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) - Fellow Member, 1st female Fellow member in 61 year of SPE history
American Architectural Manufacturers association - AAMA
Professional Appointments
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

Additional Experience

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.
Vendor Selection
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
Marketing Experience
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.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
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

Fields of Expertise

polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl chloride compounding, polyvinyl chloride extrusion, polyvinyl chloride degradation, polyvinyl chloride film, polyvinyl chloride processing, polyvinyl chloride profile, polyvinyl chloride quality control, polyvinyl chloride stabilization, flexible polyvinyl chloride, extruded product, powder mixing, rigid polyvinyl chloride, vinyl compound, vinyl film, polyvinyl chloride formulating, polyvinyl chloride industry, hollow PVC panel, polymer sheet forming, polymer coextrusion, polymer processing, vacuum sizer, thermoplastic foam extrusion, polyvinyl chloride blow molding, vertical extrusion, polymer bulk modulus of elasticity, vertical extruder, flexible polyvinyl chloride tube, dry powder blending, polyvinyl chloride stabilizer, dehydrochlorination, Society of the Plastics Industry, extruded plastic, amorphous polymer, powder conveying, polyvinyl resin processing, plastic drying, melt flow, polymer compatibility, polyvinyl chloride foam, polymer flow, thermoplastics compounding, masterbatch, capillary rheometer, lineal extruded product, polymer sheet dicing, polymer sheet, plastics industry, plastic flow, polymer pelletizing, polymer devolatilization, polymer interaction, thermoplastic material analysis, polyvinyl chloride pipe, polymer process tooling, plastic processing die, close-tolerance profile extrusion, thermoplastic extrusion, vinyl chloride environmental effect, hot extrusion, ultraviolet degradation, polymer extruder, granular material, plastic profile extrusion, extrusion die, polymer extrusion screw, vinyl chloride, polymer blending, polymer alloying, polymer blend, thermal degradation, polymer property, extrusion screw, polymer, polymer extrusion, polymer compounding, polymer photostabilization, blending

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