Darren May, Engineering Group Manager, Polymers Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors
Darren has worked for GM for over 20 years most of which has been in the Polymer Manufacturing Engineering function in Warren, Michigan, and he had a special assignment for 2 years in Korea. He also worked for 2 years in a cross-functional assignment in Capital Management Finance. Prior to working for GM, he worked for a Tier 1 Automotive interior parts supplier for 3 years. Darren is currently involved with a Strategic Tooling Initiative to improve injection molded part and tool quality while also enhancing relationships with Tier 1s and Tool Shops.
Matt Torosian, Director of Product Management, Jabil Additive
Matt Torosian is the Director of Product Management for Jabil Additive focused on Jabil Engineered Materials where he leads the strategy and business development for polymeric materials. Mr. Torosian has over 30 years of experience in the engineered materials business. He has contributed extensively to the development of new engineered compounds and commercialization of products that have improved the performance of industrial and consumer goods though materials innovations and developments.
Prior to joining Jabil, Mr. Torosian held several leadership positions with RTP Company and Engineered Polymer Solutions (his own company) developing and marketing engineered materials for the molding, extrusion, and compounding industry. Mr. Torosian also worked at Advanced Elastomer Systems (AES) and Chevron-Phillips Chemical. Matt holds a BS degree from Illinois State University in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Plastics Manufacturing and a minor in CAD.
Shahab Zekriardehani, Technology Manager, Polymer and Nanocomposites, Eaton
- MSc in Polymer Science and Engineering, PhD in Chemical Engineering
- Leading Research and Development Teams/Programs and Coordinating Cross-Functional Collaborations with Business Units, Government Agencies, and Academia
- Disciplined Experimentation, Lean Innovation, Agile Methodology, and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
- New Technology Introduction (NTI), New Product Development (NPD), and New Materials & Technology Implementation
- Project Management, Problem Solving, Design of Experiment, and Root Cause Analysis
- Formulation, Structure-Process-Property Relationship, Polymer Nanocomposites, Polymer Processing (Injection Molding, Extrusion, Additive Manufacturing), Hybrid Structures, Synthesis, Polymer Physics, and Polymer Characterization
Samy A. Madbouly, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Plastics Engineering Technology, Penn State University
Dr. Madbouly received his Ph.D. from the Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral Fellowship (Mainz University, Germany) and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (Tokyo Institute of Technology). He served as a senior research scientist at the School of Polymers and High-Performance Materials, University of Southern Mississippi and at the Center for Biomaterial Development, Institute of Polymer Research, GKSS, Germany. He also worked as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University and Senor Polymer Engineer at Schlumberger. He published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers with approximately 3600 citations. He also published 8 patents, two book, 15 book chapters, and presented more than 100 talks at national and international meetings and serves as a frequent reviewer and referee.
Alireza Rahimi, Materials R&D Manager, Applied Medical Technologies
Dr. Alireza Rahimi works as a Materials Scientist with Applied Medical Technology, Inc. where his endeavors include customizing adhesives and coating formulations and advising on selection of materials (i.e. thermoplastics, elastomers, adhesives) for medical devices. Dr. Rahimi received his Ph.D. in coatings and polymeric materials and his B.S. in chemistry. Additionally, he has the experience of working with IBM and Microsoft corporations as a materials researcher. Dr. Rahimi’s research covers a variety of topics including chemically recyclable high-performance plastics, water/solvent borne coatings for marine, anti-icing and medical applications, and bio-based thermosets and composites. Dr. Rahimi is recognized for his work on waste plastics and methods to combat the issue and his review paper in Nature Reviews Chemistry on this topic is cited almost 500 times
Will Goertzen, Ph.D., Center Engineering Manager, Lawrence Technology Center, Schlumberger