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Conference Speakers

Mark Proud, Jr. (Keynote speaker)

Trevor Spika

Glenn Frohring

Matt Jaworski

Art Schubert

Joachim Kragl

Eric Bishop

Brodie Delemeester

Rick Ortwein

Paul Boettger

Per Flem

Shawn Gross

Bill Egert

David Preusse

Michael Hansen

John Ward

Susan E. Montgomery

Brint Kipe

Rick Finnie

Vincent J. Colarossi

Bob Hendricks

Ken Bush

Bob Koch

Michael Zemo

Brent Strawbridge

Levi Kishbaugh

Bob Pelletier

Dave Hoffman

John Beaumont

Brad Johnson

Jason Williams

Gary Smith

Brian Young

Jon Meckley

 

Mark Proud Jr.

Mark Proud Jr. is the Co-Owner & Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Proud Company. In that capacity, Mark is responsible for the overall leadership of this dynamic and quickly-growing industrial automation company.  The Proud Company helps client organizations improve results through applying technologies to their plant floor processes. Client companies are primarily in the metals, glass, plastics, medical device and other discrete manufacturing verticals markets.

Under Mark’s leadership, The Proud Company has expanded its customer base, launched new integrated solutions, enhanced service offerings, and delivered award-winning quality. The Proud Company implements solutions for over 250 organizations each year and the company just celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary.

A graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, Mark earned a degree in Business Administration with a focus in entrepreneurial studies.  Mark also serves as the President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a global organization of over 8,000 leading entrepreneurs.

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Trevor Spika

Trevor Spika is the Chief Engineering Officer with Spiral Logic Limited. Trevor has been with Spiral Logic from the inception of the company in 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1993. Since 1994, he has worked with Spiral Logic’s parent company, The Sansyu Group, who specializes in micro-molding. With the Sansyu Group, Trevor has worked in various manufacturing locations around the world holding positions of Production Engineer in Hong Kong, Design Engineer in Japan, Engineering Manager and General Manager in the USA. Trevor’s manufacturing experience has ranged from process engineering and production support in large facilities running hundreds of machines in Asia to managing factory start-ups in the US.

As one of the lead researchers in Spiral Logic, Trevor is working with process design improvements impacting both the injection molding and extrusion machine markets. His group’s work utilizing computer simulation and robust prototyping is providing significant advances in alternative machine designs. Trevor will present some of their research results and a new view of the melting process. Spiral Logic is pushing the boundaries of plastic melting control to achieve new levels of process precision.

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Glenn Frohring

Glenn W. Frohring is an owner/President of Absolute HAITIAN Corporation (founded 2006) and also an owner of Absolute Green Energy (founded 2008) both companies based in Worcester, MA with Absolute HAITIAN also having a customer Aftermarket Service Center in Cleveland, OH.   Glenn holds BSC degree in Organizational Communications from OHIO University in Athens, OH and currently lives with his wife Susan and 3 of his younger daughters in Newbury, OH.    Glenn previously held positions as North American Sales Manager and Regional and Product Management positions at Demag Plastics Group in Strongsville, OH (1996-2006) and also worked for Newbury Industries where his father owned the company until 1993.

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Matt Jaworski

Matt Jaworski is a Technical Specialist for Autodesk’s Manufacturing Simulation Team. He has over 17 years experience in the injection molding CAE simulation field working for such companies as Hewlett Packard, Rubbermaid and Moldflow/Autodesk. He has dual BS degrees in Mechanical and Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State, a MS in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell and is currently finishing his Ph. D. at UMass Lowell in Plastics Engineering. He is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education.  Matt is also active in education and has taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College as an adjunct professor.

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Art Schubert, BSEE, P.E.

“Senior Consultant”, RJG Inc.

Education

Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech (graduated 1978)
Graduated with a license to learn.
Plus the official P.E. license

Work

Began at Boeing Flight Test in “Special Projects” using microprocessors and at the acoustics lab (1978)
Returned to Michigan to work at Consumers Power with microprocessor telemetry .
Invited to teach at the community college in my home town so I returned here.
While teaching, summer consulting became a full time business for 12 years.

RJG Inc.

Began turning some of Rod Groleau’s instrumentation ideas into reality back in 1989 – strip chart recorder, peak/track circuit, the DART, and its associated signal conditioners
By 1995 Rod had bought all my time so I became an employee (“Chief Engineer”)
After three generations of “DART” designs RJG allowed me to try to design a better way to overcome obstacles to instrumented molding. Hence the design of the eDART and Lynx Sensors.
Now I am developing and refining our knowledge base to support our teaching and our customers’ success.
Also using simulation as a key tool in the development of training materials and troubleshooting processes.

Home and Family

Husband; father of two.
Sailor, horseman, vintner, skier and sometime pilot and kit plane builder

A Jack of many trades, perhaps master of some.

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Joachim Kragl

1992:     Graduated from TGM – Vienna, College for Plastics Engineering & Processing

1992:     Processing Engineer Engel Austria

1998:     Moving to R&D Department – Technology Manager for MuCell & IMFD (In Mold Film Decoration), Engel Austria

2000:     Process Development Engineer Engel Canada

2003:     Manager Processing Technology Engel Canada

2009:     Director Advanced Injection Molding Systems & Processing Engel Machinery

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Eric Bishop

Eric Bishop is the North American Marketing Manager for Shin-Etsu Silicones of America.  He has over 16 years of experience in the silicone industry.  Eric joined Shin-Etsu in 2003.  Prior to that he worked for GE Silicones for seven years and was most recently their Healthcare Industry Manager.  He began his career with The Dow Chemical Company working in their Plastics and Specialty Chemicals business units.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eric will celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary this year and has two wonderful daughters in 8th and 10th grade.

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Brodie Delemeester

Brodie Delemeester  is employed at INCOE Corporation.  He currently is the Manager of two groups; both  Application Engineering and the Inside Sales Departments.

He is a past honors graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design (BSME). Additionally, knowledgeable in multiple Cad software’s and Mold filling simulation.

He has nearly a decade of Hot Runner Technology experience. Starting as an Application Engineer, then Program Manager, to his current position held since 2010.

Brodie is a native of Michigan with a wife and two children.

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Rick Ortwein

Rick Ortwein is an Applications Specialist  with Linde, LLC in the Industrial Applications Market Group. Rick has 30+ years in industrial gas industry with varying degrees of responsibility in sales, sales management, production management and gas applications working for Linde the past two years.

Rick has an undergraduate degree in Managements Sciences from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI and and MBA from North Central College, Naperville, IL.

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Paul Boettger

Mr. Paul Boettger was born and raised in Germany. After relocating to Canada in 1981 he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1986, specializing in Plastics.

He started his career in the compounding industry, but soon after took a sales position for Gunther Hot Runner Systems in 1989. Paul then started selling the Heitec Hot Runner System from Germany in 1992. From 2001 onwards to today he is responsible for distributing the Heitec Hot Runner System in North America.

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Per Flem

Graduated with a BS degree from Lowell Technological Institute(now U Mass, Lowell) in 1968.

Per has worked in injection molding from 1967 starting with his first summer job in molding, with the exception of a 6 month hiatus building custom sailboats for 6 months in 1969.

Started Performance Plastics in 1982 in Cincinnati, and sold it in 1997.

Assumed ownership of Recto Molded Products in 2003.

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Shawn Gross

Shawn R. Gross Materials Manager (and head cheerleader) - Viking Plastics  

A 1999 graduate of PSU Behrend with AS & BS in Plastics Engineering Technology

Experience with Metal Injection Molding, Large Tonnage Injection Molding, Automotive Injection Molding, Medical Molding, Value Added Assembly

Accellent, Rehrig Pacific, Viking Plastics

Processing, New Product Development, Production Management, and Materials Management

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Bill Egert

Mr. Egert graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Engineering.  Mr. Egert spent 16 years designing automation systems for the electronics industry, and 18 years designing & supporting robotics in the metal fabrication & plastics industries.

Mr. Egert has worked many positions in automation industry, including controls design, software design, product testing, service & support, applications engineer, project manager, controls supervisor, engineering manager and sales engineer.

Mr. Egert has several publications concerning manufacturing automation, and is a member of IEEE Robotics & Automation and past chair of SME Robotics Technical Group.

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David Preusse

President of Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc., US Headquartered, in Torrington, CT for engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.  Wittmann Battenfeld is a supplier of robots, temperature controllers, granulators, material handling, dryers, blenders and Battenfeld Injection Molding Machines, with 8 manufacturing facilities, 31 subsidiaries and 26 agencies spanning the globe, over 1800 direct employees, and global sales over $360 million. 
David has an engineering degree from University of Lowell, and an MBA from Pepperdine University and 28 years’ experience in the Plastics Industry.

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Michael Hansen

Michael Hansen is senior technical development engineer for Mack Molding Co., a custom plastics molder and contract manufacturer headquartered in Arlington, Vt.  A graduate of the University of Paderborn, Germany, Hansen earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and plastics technology. With more than 20 years in the plastics industry, plastics industry, 15 of those with Mack, he has extensive polymer, processing and tool design expertise.  Hansen has also published papers on these topics in more than 50 publications.

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John Ward

John Ward, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, ARBURG Inc. 
HND Mechanical Engineering – West NottinghamTechnical College, UK 
Polymer Science and Engineering Diploma – Nottingham Polytechnik, UK 
Industrial Marketing Diploma – UNISA, Republic of South Africa  
John Ward has over twenty five years of experience in the plastics industry which has encompassed mold design, polymer science for application / functionality design and the development of plastics processing technology.

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Susan E. Montgomery

Susan E. Montgomery, President of PRIAMUS System Technologies, LLC (Brunswick, OH) has been active in the plastics processing field for 19 years. Most of her experience is in plastics instrumentation and automatic process controls based upon melt front detection.  A frequent technical speaker in the area of process controls, she has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University and completed MS course work in Chemical Engineering/ Surface Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo. Susan served from 2011-2013 as Chair of the SPE Injection Molding Division and as Injection Molding Division Technical Program Chair for ANTEC 2011. She holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from her experience at GE Plastics (Pittsfield, MA).  Susan and her husband are published songwriters and performers.

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Brint Kipe

Brint Kipe has been the VP of operations at Kipe Molds for the past 8 years.  Prior to this time, Brint spent ten years working in a variety of positions within the company, including mold making, mold design engineering and process engineering.  Over this 18 year span, Brint has worked on debug and processing in of hundreds of silicone molds.  Brint has developed a wealth of practical expertise within the field of silicone mold making.

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Rick Finnie

Rick Finnie is owner of M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation. His career started during his teenage years as a tool and cutter grinder servicing the metal working industries. In 1977 he transitioned to the mold making industry. After eight years rising from apprentice to lead mold maker, he started M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation. M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.

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Vincent J. Colarossi

Vincent Colarossi attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Communication.  Vincent has held various technical roles at Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Silicones), starting as a Production Engineer for the GE consumer RTV lines.  He then moved to a Process Engineering role, completing multiple design and process improvement projects to increase production capacity and reduce costs.  Now, as an Application Development Engineer within the Elastomers group, Vincent applies his strong engineering and process background to assist customers with projects involving Momentive’s high consistency elastomers (HCE) and liquid silicone rubber (LSR). Outside of work, Vincent enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young kids, projects involving carpentry & home renovations and various outdoor activities including skiing, canoeing & hiking.”

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Bob Hendricks

Bob has been involved in technical sales since 1982 with his career in the plastics industry starting in 1989. His plastics experience has been with custom injection molders providing thermoplastic products to industry. His

responsibilities ranged from operations to sales to program management with heavy emphasis on automotive applications. Bob joined Kistler Instrument Corporation in 2003 with a focus on identifying sensor requirements for the implementation of cavity pressure technology in all areas of the plastics industry.  He is currently responsible for the west coast market sector and the management of 10 sales reps in his territory by providing technical and sales support.

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Ken Bush

Ken Bush is the Process Engineering Manager for BOY. Ken is a graduate of the Williamson Trade School and Dupont's 5-year Tool & Die Apprenticeship Program. In additon to Dupont, Ken worked as a journeyman tool maker and process engineer at Metal Industries, KenTech Tool, Advanced Scientifics, and Ames Industries. During his eight years at BOY, Ken has become a well known and respected plastic processing instructor and teacher.

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Bob Koch

Robert Koch has been a member of the SPE since 1971 and has served as President of the Philadelphia, Toledo, and Cleveland sections. Bob has served as National Sales Manager and President of BOY and currently serves as the Midwest Regional Sales Manager. Bob attended Kent State University and has been a proud member of the Plastics Pioneers Association since 2005.

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Michael Zemo

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Brent Strawbridge

Brent is a 20-year plastics equipment industry veteran, and served most recently as Director of Automation at Engel Machinery, the injection molding machine and automation supplier in York, PA. Prior to his leading the automation group in 2009, Brent served as Regional Sales Manager for several years. He joined Engel in 2000 as Technical Sales Manager. Prior to joining Engel, Brent was with Wittmann USA for 7 years, serving in positions of progressively increasing responsibility, and was Regional Sales and Service Manager when he left Wittmann in 2000. He is a 10 year military veteran serving the Gulf War . While in the military he attended the University of Embry Riddle studying aviation management.

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Levi Kishbaugh

Levi Kishbaugh is the VP of Engineering at Trexel.  He has been at Trexel 14 years starting as the Director of Process Development for injection moulding technology.  He now has responsibility for all technical activities.  Prior to Trexel, Levi spent 4 ½ years in product and applications develop for injection molded resins at Montell Polyolefins and 6 ½ years at The Dow Chemical in Plastics Technical Service and Development to the automotive industry.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Bob Pelletier

No bio available.

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Dave Hoffman

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 Senior Instructor / Training Development Manager for Beaumont Technologies, Inc.  David is the co-inventor on the company's MeltFlipper(R) MAX(TM) melt rotation patent.

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John Beaumont

John Beaumont is a Professor in the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie and President of Beaumont Technologies. He has authored several books including “Successful Injection Molding” and the “Runner & Gating Design Handbook.”. His earlier industrial credits include positions as Engineering Manager for Ciba Vision Corp and Technical Manager for Moldflow’s US operations. Shortly after joining Penn State in 1989, he founded and directed the Plastics CAE Center for nearly 20 years. In 2001 John founded Beaumont Technologies which is the pioneer and world leader of in-mold rheological control technologies. John is an SPE Fellow and a past Chair of the Injection Molding Division Board of Directors.

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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a faculty member in the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received both his B.S (1983) and M.E. (1984) in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and earned an MBA in 1993 from Gannon University.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Injection Molding Division of SPE, currently as Councilor and is a past Chair.  He came to Penn State Behrend with eleven years industry experience; primarily as a project engineer in manufacturing and, then, design/development and program management at Osram Sylvania Inc.  Brad is the faculty director for the Plastics Training Academy at Penn State Behrend, as well as one of the primary instructors.  He has taught more than 130 injection molding related workshops for industry in Behrend’s lab and in manufacturing facilities across the country.

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Jason Williams

Mr. Jason Williams is a lecturer in Plastics Engineering Technology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received both the A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology 1990 and the B.S. 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 Astabula campus.

Mr. Williams was employed as a CAD Operator at Knox Western from 1989-1991 and as a senior research associate at the Plasics 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. Mr. Williams is Head of the Medical Plastics Center of Excellence.

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Gary Smith

Dr. Gary F. Smith is a lecturer in Plastics Engineering Technology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He earned the B.S. in Mathematics, Magna cum Laud, in 1973, and the Ph.D. 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 the manufacturing to 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.

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Brian Young

Mr. Brian Young is associate professor of Plastics Engineering Technology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received both the B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology 1995 and the MSFGE, Master's in Manufacturing Engineering 2005 , from Penn State Behrend. Prior to his employment at Penn State Behrend he worked for Omni Plastics and as an adjunct faculty member in our plastics program from 1996-2001. Mr. Young came to Penn State Behrend with sixteen years of industry experience.

Mr. Young is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers SPE and the American Society for Engineering Education. He was awarded the College Teaching Workshop Certificate from Penn State Behrend Ùs Center for Teaching and Educational Technologies in 2006. Mr. Young also received the Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

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Jon Meckley

Mr. Jonathan Meckley is an associate professor of engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received the A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1988, the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1990 and the B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology in 1990, all from Penn State Behrend. In 1998, he received the M.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Mr. Meckley is a member of American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and it’s Blow Molding Division, and the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Mr. Meckley was nominated for the Council of Fellows Faculty Excellence in Outreach Award in both 2006 and 2007. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers Blow Molding Division in 2004. Mr. Meckley received the College Teaching Workshop Certificate in 2005.

Mr. Meckley came to Penn State Behrend after working in industry from 1989 through 1998. He previously worked as a process engineer for C & J Industries in Meadville, PA, as a research associate for the Plastics Technical Center, and as a senior project engineering for the Plastics Technology Deployment Center, Erie, PA. Mr. Meckley was a design engineering and co-owner of Innovative Design Services from 1992-1994. He is also a member of SME.

 

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