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Akyil, Can
Mr. Can Akyil is currently the Executive of Politeknik’s R&D Department. He is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program, holds an M.Sc. Degree in Advanced Materials Science. He expects to get his Ph.D. degree in a few months. He has 9 years of experience in industry/research as an R&D engineer doing extensive research as well as designing automatic anodize lines. He has broad knowledge of failure analysis and surface characterization, metallographic sample preparation, SEM and EDS investigation, 3 D surface profiling, GDOES, XRD investigation and optimization/process design in anodize lines.

Bernard, James
James P. Bernard is Vice President of Colorants at First Source Worldwide LLC of Neenah, WI. His position includes advising on customer service, laboratory functions, and purchasing related areas. He is also involved in the sale of dyes, pigments, and chemicals, and maintains a large customer base encompassing varied industries.

Mr. Bernard has worked in the dyestuff industry since 1967, beginning his career as a partner at Berncolors-Poughkeepsie, Inc., a Poughkeepsie, NY based manufacturer of dyes and chemicals. Eventually taking over sole ownership of the company, he led the operation until it was sold in 1998. Mr. Bernard has broad knowledge of the dyestuff industry with an emphasis on process manufacturing, dyestuff analytics, and color matching.

Mr. Bernard attended Washington & Lee University and received his B.S in Chemistry from Marist College, graduating with high honors. He is a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and is a former member of the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) and Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA).

Chandler, Wayne
Wayne Chandler is a 42-year veteran in the metal finishing industry with experience in chemical research, marketing and development of new processes. He is President of SIC Technologies in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Chandler developed and holds a patent on formulations and processes for electro-polishing of aluminum. He also has published articles regarding electro-polishing of aluminum and acid etching of aluminum. He has taught courses on etching and deoxidizing of aluminum at AAC educational events.

Courtney, Janette
Janette Courtney is the Division Environmental Manager of Bonnell Aluminum at the Newnan, Georgia extrusion and anodizing facility. Prior to her promotion to the Division Environmental Manager, Janette was the Environmental Manager at the Bonnell Newnan facility. She arrived at Bonnell following 13 years in the environmental consulting industry. In her current role, Janette is supports the five Bonnell Aluminum facilities with environmental compliance and ensuring that safety and environmental policies are adhered to. She previously supervised operations of the wastewater treatment and water recycle system at the Newnan facility.

Prior to working at Bonnell, Ms. Courtney was the Engineer of Record for an environmental consulting firm managing multiple petroleum and chlorinated solvent remediation programs and environmental permitting. She earned her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Florida State University in 1999 and has maintained Professional Engineering licenses in multiple states.

Crowdis, Duncan
Duncan Crowdis has been involved in the aluminum business for more than 40 years in various technical, operations, marketing, sales and management positions. Mr. Crowdis retired as President of Bonnell Aluminum in 2013 but has remained passionate about the industry. Currently, he is the leader of the AEC Academic Outreach Team, and is a past Chairman of the Aluminum Extruders Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Alexandria Industries in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Culp, Thomas
Dr. Thomas Culp, owner of Birch Point Consulting in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has spent 15 years in the glass and window industry in the areas of energy efficient glazing and window performance, low-e glass coatings, and building code development. He's a member of ASHRAE's 90.1 standards committee and NFRC board of directors, and he is an active participant in the International Code Council code development hearing process.

Dr. Culp currently represents the AEC, Glass Association of North America, and the Glazing Industry Code Committee on energy and green construction codes.

Curland, Andy
Andy Curland is President and CEO of Vitex Extrusion in Franklin, New Hampshire. He acquired Vitex in 2007, in partnership with a PE firm. He has 35 years’ experience in the aluminum industry in sales, marketing and operation roles. Mr. Curland is the AEC Survey and Reports team leader.


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Dickson, Richard
Richard Dickson has been in the extrusion business for over 30 years, approximately 11 years with Alcan and 21 years with Hydro Aluminum. Recently, he took up the post of Director of Customer Technical Support for Hydro Aluminum Metal Markets, North America, after serving as Director of the Hydro Aluminum North American Technical center for 7 years. He has been an active member of the AEC Die Committee and serves on several Aluminium Association and ASTM technical committees.

Mr. Dickson is the editor and coauthor of Hydro’s die design and manufacturing manuals. As leader of Hydro Aluminum’s International Die Team for many years, he drove the effort to create and/or refine ever-more productive die designs. His passion remains advancing extrusion beyond its current limits through understanding and education.

Hara, Kenji
Kenji Hara graduated from the engineering department of Shinshu University in Japan in March 1997. He has worked at Okuno Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. since April 1997. He is engaged in the development of chemicals for surface treatment in electroless nickel plating, aluminum and magnesium. Mr. Hara is currently the research manager in the metal finishing division since April 2013.

Henderson, Jeff
Jeff Henderson is President of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC). In addition to managing the activities at AEC, Mr. Henderson is responsible for directing and managing the Fair Trade Committee, which is the U.S. aluminum extrusion industry’s team that successfully petitioned the U.S. government for free and fair trade action against China in 2011. He also manages the AEC’s Industry Promotion effort that has resulted in thousands of inquiries each year to aec.org.

Mr. Henderson is also the owner and president of The Sanford Organization (TSO), which is an association management company that runs non-profit organizations. In addition to the AEC, TSO manages the Aluminum Anodizers Council, the National Plasterers Council, and several other trade associations.


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Jones, Vance
Vance Jones is the Manufacturing Manager at Easton Technical Products. He’s been at Easton for 32 years and has managed nearly all departments. His current position includes management of anodize, assembly, tent, graphic, transfer and painting across three shifts including responsibility for 35 people. Vance has been responsible for the anodize department for the past 27 years.

Jozefowicz, Mark
Mark Jozefowicz has been involved with aluminum and aluminum finishing in a variety of capacities since 1980. After completing his chemistry studies at Ottawa’s Carleton University, he worked as research scientist for Alcan Aluminum and was awarded 7 anodize-related patents. Mark later joined Clariant as Technical Manager and was primarily responsible for product development and technical service for their aluminum business. Mark is now Vice President of Reliant Aluminum Products based out of North Carolina. Reliant is one of three global partners responsible for sales, distribution, and service of Clariant products. Mark is a long-time supporter of the AAC.

Lenzer, Stefan
Stefan Lenzer is responsible for global product management of the Metallurgy division at MacDermid Enthone since 2015 and is based in Germany. The area of metallurgy summarizes the product groups for aluminum anodizing, conversion coatings, phosphating, hot dip galvanizing and inter-operational cleaning.

Mr. Lenzer started his chemical training at Bayer AG in Leverkusen and further studied chemical engineering and technical business administration. He collected more than 11 years of international experience in technical sales and market development for products in metal surface treatment at ZWEZ Chemie GmbH in Germany. In 2007 Mr. Lenzer joined MacDermid Enthone and took over the Metallurgy responsibility for the German market and successfully developed market share. In 2012 he took over the European product management in this product group.

McBeth, Karen
In her capacity as Editorial Director, Metals Pricing and Market Engagement, Karen McBeth oversees Platts’ global price assessing and development of price indices for the ferrous and nonferrous markets. She is actively involved in researching new assessments, updating methodologies, training editors and engaging with the industry.

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Newman, Linda
Linda Newman is the Technical Manager for Houghton International - Metal Finishing Division. Shortly after graduating from Georgia Southwestern State University with a BS in Chemistry, Linda began her anodizing career at Novamax Technologies as a technical service representative. It was there she began learning about anodizing through extensive laboratory testing and field trials.

Ms. Newman has over 25 years in the aluminum anodizing and paint pretreatment industry and has many years of extensive traveling to both domestic and International anodizing plants.

She serves on the Aluminum Anodizers Council’s Education Committee and has hosted several webinars for the Aluminum Extruders Council.

Nickel, Matthew
Matthew Nickel is a problem solver, inspired every day to help build a better world. He is interested in the application of nanostructured materials in the areas of medicine and health.
Matthew has a BSc. in Materials Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering and is currently working on a doctorate in Materials Engineering under Dr. Robert Burrell at the University of Alberta.

Mr. Nickel’s research is in the use of nanostructured anodic alumina for a point-of-care diagnostic based on thin film interference colors. This research is being conducted at the University of Alberta in coordination with an industrial partner, Prominent Medical Inc.

O’Grady, Scott
An Air Force fighter pilot, Captain Scott O’Grady was shot down over Bosnia while helping to enforce the NATO no-fly zone in an F-16. Alone—facing death, capture and the elements—he discovered within himself the spirit to go on and relied on the skills learned during a lifetime of preparing for the unthinkable. From O’Grady’s compelling life-and-death story, audiences learn how to adapt, change and succeed even under the most daunting and trying of circumstances.

Even while isolated behind enemy lines, Captain O’Grady remained a member of a carefully drilled team. He details the preparation, teamwork and leadership responsible for his survival and for his dramatic rescue by the U.S. Marines—qualities that are crucial to success in every facet of business and life. The ingenuity and fortitude that kept him alive in hostile territory for six days now inspires audiences to their own groundbreaking achievements.

Patel, Pinakin
Pinakin Patel is the President of Techevon LLC, a consulting services firm and specialty dyes and chemical supplier to the aluminum anodizing industry. He has developed dyes that are custom manufactured, which offer unique industry-leading properties.

His work on new methods of coloring and also on sealing technologies that use environmentally friendly chemicals has resulted in products that are fast replacing older technologies. He has published papers in several magazines and has participated on various boards for discussions on technical issues.

Mr. Patel serves on the Education Committee for the Aluminum Anodizers Council.

Patel, Tej
Mr. Patel has over has over 10 years of consulting and industry experience specializing in the areas of supply chain, operations improvement and manufacturing. Prior to joining Techevon, he was a Vice President at AlixPartners, a leading global consulting firm. As part of the supply chain and operations practice, he led a number of cost savings and efficiency initiatives among a variety of manufacturers. Additionally, he has held positions at Baxter Inc., a Fortune 150 medical products manufacturer, and Archstone Consulting where he led multiple client teams and projects in the areas of plant floor operations, LEAN manufacturing, and supply chain improvements across several industries.

He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Operations, Strategy, and Marketing in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Peterson, Gregg
Gregg Peterson is the Principle Materials Engineer at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) in Plymouth, Michigan. He is responsible for assisting U.S. manufacturers in the transition to lightweight materials through education and hands on support. He is directly supporting LIFT-Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a Detroit-based technology center funded by the DOD to co-develop leading-edge manufacturing technologies with key industry partners.

Mr. Peterson has over 30 years of OEM (18 years at Pontiac & CPC AVE, Chrysler SRT) and Tier 1 (GE Plastics, Smart Power Systems, MSX) automotive engineering experience, most recently at Lotus, including lightweight ferrous and non-ferrous body and structure design, aerodynamics, thermal systems, interiors/seating, software development, electronic control systems, carbon fiber and composites engineering, chassis design and development, powertrain, manufacturing/processing and electrical power generation.

He led several government funded, peer reviewed, lightweighting studies used by the EPA and NHTSA for developing the 2025 fuel economy standards. He is an SAE university volunteer speaker, a regular presenter at international technical conferences and has been a keynote speaker for NASA, LIFT and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center.
He holds twelve patents in multi-disciplinary fields and has been published by SAE, IMechE, the International Appliance Technical Conference and Purdue University.

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Rossi, Marcello

Marcello Rossi started to work as a lab technician in the R&D laboratory of Italtecno, a firm specialized in aluminum finishing technologies (chemicals, equipment and turn-key plants). At Italtecno he has actively participated in important developments and industrial applications of many technologies in particular chemical formulation and innovative equipment (chemicals for anodizing and powder coating pretreatment, soda recovery systems, die cleaning equipment, and other new patented technologies like the reduction of aluminum sludge production from anodizing plants).

Runge, Jude

Dr. Jude Runge’s career as a metallurgical engineer and surface scientist spans more than 30 years in industrial, government and academic professional settings. Her analytical expertise and experience encompasses a variety of manufacturing processes for all materials as well as the science and engineering of metal finishing. She is recognized internationally as a nonferrous specialist focusing on the metallurgy of aluminium and aluminium alloys as well as anodizing and the theoretical treatment of porous anodic oxide formation.

She has lectured throughout the United States and Western Europe, Brazil, China and India as an invited and plenary speaker. She is the inventor and owner of the patented CompCote ™ for anodizing aluminum. Dr. Runge received her Ph.D. in Metallurgy at the University of Illinois at Chicago under Dr. Michael McNallan.

Her book, The Metallurgy of Anodizing Aluminum, will be published by Springer Scientific Publishing, Co., and will be available later this year.

She is a member of the AAC Board of Directors and Chair of the AAC Education Committee and is an integral part of the development of the educational content for the AAC Anodizing Conference program.

Schaedel, Fred
Fred Schaedel has developed Specialized Anodize Additive Modifiers, Pulse Ramp Systems, including waveform technology, and established training programs in the anodizing industry dating back to 1962. His early research work on complex ions and chelating agents at Drake University and Schaedel Laboratories led to the development of the first process for Hard Anodizing specific critical alloys including 2024 and 7075 (Patent issued 1968).

He has held Special Certifications for testing and processing anodized aluminum for NASA, Northrop and the U.S. Navy. He has also developed commercial, high speed, Continuous Anodize Systems for heavy production for products such as Maglite and others.

He continues to spend all of his available time integrating his chemical formulations and electronic waveform technology together with Pulse Ramp Procedures to cover the Complete Spectrum for Aluminum and Titanium anodizing through training programs focusing on quality and efficiency.

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Spooner, David
David M. Spooner is a partner in the Corporate Department and Co-Chair of the International Trade Practice Group of Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Spooner represents governments, trade associations, and corporate clients on international trade matters, including trade remedies, trade policy and customs issues. He uses his past experience as a high-level political appointee in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill to assist clients with their advocacy efforts before both branches of government, as well as before foreign governments.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Spooner served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration. In that capacity, Mr. Spooner led U.S. Government enforcement of trade remedy laws, principally the antidumping and anti-subsidy laws.

Prior to his Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Spooner served as the Chief Textile and Apparel Negotiator and Transition Coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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Totaro, Peter
Peter Totaro is Quality Manager for AeroTech Processing Solutions located in Paterson, New Jersey.

Vyas, Ujjval
As principal of Alberti Group, Ujjval K. Vyas possesses a unique combination of experience and strategic vision, connecting people and developing new ideas with the power to change clients’ businesses. Prior to founding Alberti Group, Dr. Vyas was an attorney representing contractors, design professionals, and others in the construction process, with special focus on issues related to sustainable design, building performance and technology. In addition to consulting in matters related to sustainability and risk management in construction, insurance and real estate development, Dr. Vyas is actively engaged in entrepreneurial ventures related to emerging technologies and new product development in the built environment. Before becoming an attorney, Dr. Vyas taught architectural history, theory, design and ethics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the United States and Canada. He also served as director of the Institute for Architecture and the Humanities in Chicago. Dr. Vyas has lectured and published extensively on sustainable building and construction risk management in both the United States and Canada.

Wheatley, Joseph
Joseph Wheatley helped establish EnPro Learning System (ELS) and leads the management consulting group. Joe has held various leadership positions in manufacturing, engineering and EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) within the electronic, semiconductor, biomedical, metal working, plastics and chemical industries. He has lead the EnPro's safety programs to a world class level, being the only three-time recipient of America’s Safest Company. Joe has been instrumental in development of EnPro Learning System’s cultural development approach, behavior based tools and practices.

Mr. Wheatly is a regular keynote speaker at safety events including the National Safety Council in 2014, Manufacturers Alliance, and other trade organization as well a past advisor on the Liberty Mutual Loss Control advisory board and currently on the Wells Fargo Insurance Client Advisory Council. He has published articles on safety organizational change and safety culture in prominent publications. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.


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