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20 Years as a New Product Development leader in famous companies that use chemistry to make useful things. Gillette, Cover Girl, Halliburton, RainX ! I have taught and trained more than 500 scientists how to solve real problems and understand complex chemistry and new product design and development and science.
Effective Teacher of Science and Ideas
Inventor, Creative Problem Solver, Out of the Box Thinker, and Group Leader. Subject Matter Expert in: Polymers, Surfactants, Formulations, Nonwovens, Design of Structured Liquids and Films. Successfully applied Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry and Materials Science to Personal Care R&D, Fracturing Fluid Formulation, and Design of Commercial Custom Surfactant Blends.
Scientist, innovator, collaborator, and team leader with extensive experience and success in technical problem solving, manufacturing troubleshooting, and new innovation developments in personal care, household products and oil/gas industries. Deep knowledge and understanding of polymers and surfactants. Cross-functional partner, and coach. Able to problem solve at all levels and degrees of difficulty, and proven track record of delivering complex projects and solutions in fast-paced environments.
ITW Global Brands (Rain-X, Gumout, Black Magic brands)
• Define Projects that deliver new and improved benefits to Customers Unsolved Problems
• Define cost and forecast revenue from new product initiatives
• Collaborate with brand and quality to make sure new products integrate with success criteria
• Teach, Motivate and Train scientists to do good experiments, think creatively, and prove new products are better with test methods
• Communicate to top leadership the plans, strategy, challenges, and progress of stage gate projects
Halliburton, 2012 - Present
Sr. Scientific Advisor
• Cross-company go to expert on sourcing and formulation for new class of surfactants and green polymers that have been combined with charged and uncharged polymers to provide lubricity, hydraulic force, and suspension of rock-busting sand particles to enhance oil recovery.
• Developed and delivered “Surfactants 101” training for organization of over 100 people.
• Together with team, designed new surfactants to counter the gel-destroying effects of brine, iron, calcium enriched water, enabling support of fracking technology
• Mentor to junior professionals, and member of innovation leadership team.
• Fifteen pending patents
Gillette Company 2004 - 2012
• Led team of PhDs and technicians in the creative and technical R&D new product development of a superior shave gel versus competitive benchmark which co-launched with Fusion Razor.
• Responsible for design testing and scale-up of hydrogel polymer-surfactant clear shave gel
• Designed and formulated next two generation shave preparations; gel with skin care benefits via use of essential oil technology for Fusion brand, and cream with low density foam particles for reduced cost, maximum lather product for Art of Shaving brand
• Reformulated to address nozzle-clogging and stringiness of shave gel, via creation of a hydrogel polymer coating used in soft contacts lenses.
• Consumer results indicated a 10% decrease in friction; improved moisture and beard softness vs. top competitor. In year one, sales increased by $105M
• Patented technical approach and technologies for 3-part “cooperative” lubricant system (Teflon, Polyox, Hydrogel)
Nexia Biotechnologies, 2002-2004
• Start-up focused on partnering with other companies to create industrial grade spider silk for military and security personnel, and medical adhesives.
• Conducted liquid formulation of protein polymers with liquid crystals solvent and surfactant processing additives.
• Established and led R&D program to simplify complex fiber process through securing internal and external partners and leading team in methodically defining key challenges and detailed research plan.
• Enlisted consultants from University of Hamburg, North Carolina State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology, coached Canada-England team in defining critical challenges to be resolved, and clarifying and communicating fundamentals of technical success model.
• Wrote and led experimental work plan for partnership with co-manufacturer, including manufacturing specifications and process parameters.
• Partnered with engineers and manufacturing technicians to isolate and resolve production issues. Created visibly better fiber samples with look and feel of real silk, and supported manufacture scale-up.
• Received co-inventor patent on spinning for conversion of protein into fibers. Also prepared several trade secret protocols, processes, formulations, and methods as part of company IP.
Procter and Gamble, 1991- 2002
Senior Scientist, Baby Care 2000 - 2002
• Directed team on evaluating sponges, pressure sensitive bubbled films, laminates, and repellent nonwovens to superior wipes for Swiffer Cleaning Cloths, Olay Body Lotion Pads, Pampers Baby Wipes, and Sunscreen Wipes. Through team effort and experimental design, identified thin nonwoven with mechanically formed texture plus hydrophobicity as best formula for achieving desired consumer benefits.
• Designed experiments, directed team, cycled through data and identified different composition and process technologies that were screened via prototyping and testing. Rayon nonwovens, rayon-polypropylene hydroentangled nonwovens, polyethylene solid and porous films, ultrasonic and high pressure bonding processes. Developed two unique textures: “micropockets” that contain and release liquids and 3D texture that increases contact area for maximum cleaning and wipe thickness without extra basis weight and fabric material.
• Three patents were generated through this development work.
• Wrote technical file and trained customers in new technological innovation and how to integrate it into existing product, process, and package.
• Wrote licensing prospectus in support of external use of patented controlled release substrate for new business opportunities e.g. sports wipes.
Senior Scientist, Skin Care 1996-2000
• Member of R&D team focused on developing surface smoothing polymer-surfactant formulations for concealing fine lines and wrinkles via high reflection pigments, thick polymer films, vasodilators, super hydration agents, and serums. Created a formula specification checklist involving stress, adhesion, and cohesion, which was utilized screen and search new polymer technologies to achieve the desired Marketing defined benefits.
• Led project team in screening hundreds of compositions and determined that nanocolloid (polysulfonates, polysilicates) blends with elastomers offered visible, lasting wrinkle improvement. Screened and formulated technologies of trimethylsiloxysilicate (MQ resin) polymer, kraton styrene-isoprene elastomer, sodium polystyrene sulfonate ionic polymer, silicone gums PDMS, silicone elastomer latex, cyclomethicone volatile silicone
• Formulated and supported commercialization of numerous stress creating polymers in serums, lotions, foams, emulsions.
• Consumer results demonstrated 3X smoother and younger skin versus existing technology
• Developed and conducted training sessions and wrote IP, test methods, technology description to transfer technology to Olay Skin cream, SKII facial toner, Cover Girl foundations Product Development groups.
• Received multiple patents as lead inventor for anti-wrinkle compositions with stress, adhesion, cohesion:
Scientist/Engineer Cosmetics 1992-1996
• Led formulation of multiple polymers into mascara gel emulsions. Mechanical tests showed elastic, water resistant yet soap and water washable mascara was achieved by: a proprietary blend of elastic latex plus water soluble polymer. Polyvinylalcohol, hydroxypropylcellulose, hydroxyethylcellulose, styrene-acrylate copolymer latex, acrylic ester copolymer emulsion, sodium alginate, polyvinylpyrrolidone, vinylpyrrolidone-vinyl acetate copolymer, sodium thiopolyester ionic AQ polymers.
• Determined abrasion, moisture and weak film properties were the core limitations of existing mascaras. Brainstormed different approaches including adhesive coatings, elastic coatings, waterproof pigments, and high melting waxes. Determined Marketing goal of smudge resistance was best achieved via elastic film.
• All prototypes had technically superior smudge resistance and ease of removal from, with consumer data showing significant improvement in wear benefit and parity beauty benefit relative to competitive benchmarks.
• Patent received for mascara with benefits derived via elastic, dispersible polymers. Commercialized in all Cover Girl and Max Factor mascara SKU’s in Europe, North America, Japan.
• Responsible for manufacturing scale up support and training, validation, and raw material quality. Defined quality control measures including drying time, rheology and film setup properties.
Scientist Food and Beverage 1991-1992
• Brainstormed with technical team and demonstrated that high heat transmission thin film was approach that enabled sufficient heat for baking without maintained package material integrity. Led testing development with focus on thin sheet approach including screening multiple polymer lining film technologies such as Teflon, polyester, cellulose, and polypropylene. Identified best material for application included polyester lining and laminates of polyester with heater materials.
• Generated prototype of polyester lined paperboard box with inorganic heating materials, enabling one step microwave baking, and allowing consumer to mix and pour within package insert.
• Authored P&G invention records for surface chemistry for batter releasing package liner.
Post-doc Researcher Center for Polymer Research, U.T. Austin, 1990-1991
Developed method to apply membrane technology to tablets by dip-coating drug into surfactant polymer mixtures.
University of Texas at Austin - PhD, Materials Science, 1991
University of Texas at Austin - Masters, Diffusion of Small Molecules in Polymers, 1987
M.I.T. - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering, 1985
PRESENTER - SCIENTIFIC SEMINARS & CONFERENCES
1. “Using Innovation to Persuade a Protein to be a Fiber”, Science Club Seminar, Montreal, Quebec (2003).
2. “BioSteel – converting a breakthrough protein into fibers and fabrics with new performance benefits”, invited speech to the American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists, RTP, North Carolina (2002).
3. Presenter at “Innovation Tasks Critical to Success” at Engineering Management in Technology Based Organizations EMBTO, University of Texas, Austin, College of Engineering, (2000).
4. Innovation 2000 – helped run Polymer Applications demo booth for Polymer Community of Practice, Cincinnati Convention Center, Ohio (2000).
5. Nanoparticle Symposium 2000 – “Controlled Stress Delivery to Skin via Nanocolloid composite coatings”, Mason, Ohio (2000).
6. “Controlled Release via Textured Substrates” speech to P&G Delivery and Deposition Technology Symposium, Healthcare Research Center, Mason, Ohio (2000).
7. MIT student recruiting seminar– “How scientists develop products”, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1999).
8. “Intrapreneurship”, guest lecture for Bio/Biz Course in Xavier University MBA Class conducted at Edison Biotechnology, Cincinnati, Ohio (2000).
9. “Polymers in Beauty Care”, P&G polymer applications training seminar, Egham England (1998).
10. “Making Wrinkles Vanish”, Skin Conference Seminar, P&G, Ross, Ohio (1998).
11. “Cosmetics R&D Case Study”, P&G Global Employee Orientation Program – Highest Rated Presentation in Program (Usefulness = 4.8/5.0), 1997.
12. “Elastic Polymer Film Applications in Mascara” - Presentation at P&G 1994 R&D Year End Meetings (1994).
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