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John Beaumont is an associate professor and chair of the plastics engineering technology program at Penn State Erie, where he is also the founder and director of the Plastics CAE Center.  He is on the board of directors of the Injection Molding Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers and was the chairman in 1998-99.  In 1998, John founded Beaumont Runner Technologies, Inc., which focuses on the design and development of hot and cold runner technologies, including his patented MeltFlipper technology.  He is the co-author of Successful Injection Molding and a contributing author to the new Injection Molding Handbook.  His past industrial experience includes positions as technical manager for Moldflow's U.S. operations and engineering manager for Ciba Vision Corp.  John has numerous design and process patents, has authored dozens of technical papers and journal articles, and has served as an expert witness on mold design litigation.

Donald E. Day is professor emeritus at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.  He served as a faculty member in the engineering department for more than twenty years, and in 1980 he received Monroe College's Distinguished Professor Award.  Don is an award-winning designer, and a successful engineer, consultant, and trainer.  He jointly holds three patents with Eastman Kodak.  In 1993, Don received certification from Motorola University in Six Sigma concepts.  His seminars are a mix of modern concepts, humor, and uncommon sense.  His student evaluations consistently rate him as one of the best instructors they have ever had.  He serves on five National Standards Committees: Y14, Y14.5M. Y14.5.2, Y14.8 and B89.3.2.  Day is the president of Inter-Med, Inc., which produces an air clutch brake for the food packaging industry.

David Hoffman holds an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Baccalaureate Degree in Plastics Engineering Technology.   He has authored various published Antec papers in regards to mold filling variations and recycling thermoset phenolics.  He also worked as the Engineering Manager for an automotive supplier of high precision plastic components and assemblies.  While there, David was involved in part design, processing, mold design, quality control, quoting, and customer interaction.  David then worked with Mack Molding in Vermont as a Sales Engineer with similar job responsibilities.  He is currently Technical Director of Sales & Marketing for Beaumont Technologies, Inc.  David is the co-inventor on BTI's MeltFlipper(R) MAX(TM) melt rotation patent.

Brad Johnson has been teaching in Penn State Erie's plastics engineering technology program since 1994.  Prior to joining Penn State, he accumulated eleven years of industrial experience, most of which were spent as program manager, design engineer, project/processing engineer, and production supervisor at OSRAM SYLVANIA, Inc.  His primary expertise is in injection molding and process optimization.   Along with developing some of the processing classes, he has also taught plastic materials and quality control classes while at Penn State.   Brad holds bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is currently Injection Molding Division Chair for the Society of Plastics Engineers.

James Ladtkow is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA.  James has over twelve years of experience in medical product support and medical injection molding.  During that time, he has successfully applied the theories of decoupled molding, design of experiments, and statistical process control to injection molding processes.  He was awarded a patent for an insert molded surgical instrument and has applied for a process patent on a unique insert molding technique.   He is currently employed by a major blood tubing set manufacturer, specializing in the areas of plastic part design, tooling design, and process validation.   James is also responsible for in-house training for injection molding and process validation.  He regularly consults for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the topics of plastic processes used in medical devices and process validation for molding and extrusion.

Jerry Lord is a professional adult educator with over thirty years of experience in field service engineering, process engineering, and maintenance engineering.   Jerry uses a focused technical training approach, an educational and problem solving approach for identifying current performance gaps and providing timely instruction and support that enable learners to close those gaps.  His educational style is directed toward the empowerment of learners: “Maintaining a competent, capable, and empowered workforce is the best way to secure a successful business environment which, in turn, will furnish the quality of work-life that all stakeholders desire.   Training that focuses on these goals is an essential component of any business plan.”  Jerry has designed and presented numerous successful training programs for the SUNY, BOCES, and Penn State systems, and he delivers technical training services and support to the industrial community.  In addition to earning an A.A.S. degree in electrical engineering from Mohawk Valley Community College, Jerry earned a B.A. degree in liberal studies and an M.S. degree in adult education, both from Syracuse University.  Jerry is continuing his study through Syracuse University, focusing on group behavior in industrial environments.

Jonathan Meckley is a lecturer in plastics engineering at Penn State Erie's plastics engineering technology program.  He was a senior plastics engineer with the Plastics Technology Deployment Center (PTDC) from 1994 to 1998.  Jon holds associate and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering technology from Penn State Erie and a master's degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts—Lowell.   After earning his undergraduate degrees, Jon worked with solids modeling and operated the stereolithography machine at Penn State Erie's Plastics Technical Center.  From 1992 to 1994, he was a design engineer and co-owner of Innovation Design Services, Inc., a computer-aided engineering consulting firm for the plastics industry.

Prior to joining the Beaumont Technologies, Inc. staff five years ago, Dave worked for the Plastics Technology Deployment Center, at Penn State Behrend, as a Project Engineer for product development and tooling/process support.  He has experience in project management, sales, and thermoset composite materials such as Kevlar and carbon fiber epoxies.  He also worked as an Engineering Manager for Composiflex, which is also located in Erie, PA.  Prior to Composiflex, he worked at Fisher-Price in New York as a Product Development Engineer, Plant Engineer, and a Tooling Engineer.  Other experienced areas include injection molding, gas-assist molding, extrusion blow molding, and resin transfer along with tooling knowledge for each of these processes.  He holds an Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.

Michael Sepe has worked in the plastics industry for thirty-three years in a variety of roles involving both manufacturing and research and development.  Currently, he is an independent consultant based in Sedona, AZ. He provides analytical services, product and process development assistance, and training in a variety of industry-related topics to clients in a wide range of industries. He has presented over twenty-five Annual Technical Conference for the Plastics Industry (ANTEC) papers, has written several book chapters on the testing of plastic materials, and authors a monthly column for Injection Molding Magazine on the practical aspects of using testing to solve manufacturing problems.  He teaches a variety of short courses for the University of Wisconsin and gives in-plant seminars to designers and engineers on material selection, processing, and failure analysis.

Dr. Gary F. Smith is a Lecturer in Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He earned a BS in Mathematics magna cum laud in 1973, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry in May 1979 from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Smith is a scientist with over 29 years leading global technology, innovation and setting business vision in engineering thermoplastic resins, composites, process and product development from the lab to manufacture to the customer. He is recognized as the foremost expert in polyester with extensive experience in polycarbonate process and product technology. He was most recently employed at Adzel, Inc. in Forest, Virginia. Dr. Smith comes to Penn State Behrend with 23 patents, the Dan Fox Award from GE Plastics Worldwide, Technologist of the Year in 1988, as well as twelve GE managerial awards.

Sean Tucker is a graduate of the Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, with a BS in Plastics Engineering Technology.  Sean has worked in the medical device industry for more than ten years in roles from process engineering including design and development, maintenance management, production management and quality/regulatory affairs.  Sean has worked with various plastic processes including injection molding, injection blow molding, injection stretch blow molding, extrusion and thermoforming.  He also has experience working with metal forming processes, casting processes, high speed assembly, manual assembly, and bio-processing.  Sean currently works as a Corporate Validation Manager for a leading international medical device company.  In this capacity Sean is responsible for the world wide implementation of molding validation throughout the corporation as well as ongoing improvements in both process and molding validation for internal and external processes.  He has been teaching courses internally on process and molding validation, as well as externally being the lead facilitator for validation for AdvaMed.  Sean is a certified Master Molder III and a seasoned Six Sigma Black Belt.

Brian Young is an Assistant Professor in engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in the Plastics Engineering Technology Program.  He taught in the program part-time for 4 years before joining the department full-time in 2000.  He accumulated 16 years of industrial experience as a processing/project engineer at Omni Plastics, Inc.  His primary area of expertise is in the processing of thermoplastic materials.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State University and completed his masters degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering in 2005.

Mr. Jason Williams is a lecturer in engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received both the AS in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1990) and the BS in Plastics Engineering Technology (1992) from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Prior to his full-time employment at Penn State Behrend, he worked as an adjunct instructor at Penn State Behrend and also at Kent State University's Ashtabula campus. Mr. Williams was employed as a CAD Operator at Knox Western from 1989-1991 and as a senior research associate at the Plastics Technology Deployment Center (PTDC) at Penn State Behrend from 1991-1996. He founded K Development, Inc., a design company focused on plastic product design and development in 1996. He was responsible for technical sales, program management and technical oversight. His projects ranged from simple reverse engineering to complete program and supply chain management. Mr. Williams has 16 years of industry experience. Mr. Williams received the IDEA Gold Award, the Medical Design Excellence Silver Award, and has five patents credited to him.

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