Silicone Elastomers US Summit 2017 Speakers

  • Steve Amos

    Sr. Product Development Specialist 3M Company

    Steve Amos has been involved with plastics additives, either product
    development or application research, over the course of his industrial career.
    He’s given keynote addresses on polymer additives at SPE ANTEC and other
    conferences. He currently works at 3M Company developing new products and
    applications with materials produced by the 3M Advanced Material Division. Mr.
    Amos has a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Wisconsin – Madison and
    an M.S. degree in Polymer Science from The University of Ferrara, Ferrara,

  • David M. Evatz

    Head of Plastics Industry Practice Investment Banking Group Stout Risius Ross Global Financial Advisory Services

    David M. Evatz is Head of the Plastics Industry Practice within the Investment Banking Group at Stout. Mr. Evatz has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having executed numerous M&A and corporate finance transactions, including buy and sell side assignments, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, fairness opinions, and the private placement of senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity securities. Within the plastics industry, Mr. Evatz has worked with companies serving the medical, packaging, industrial, and automotive markets and for companies with various manufacturing and plastic processing capabilities.

    Prior to joining Stout, Mr. Evatz was a Vice President in the mergers and acquisitions group at Salomon Smith Barney. In this role, he participated in a wide variety of merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions across numerous industries, including chemicals, automotive, packaging, general industrials, consumer, retail, and healthcare. Preceding his experience at Salomon Smith Barney, Mr. Evatz spent time at Lehman Brothers and CIBC Wood Gundy.

  • Dr. Hab. François Ganachaud

    Senior Scientist French National Centre of Research (CNRS)

    Dr. Hab. François Ganachaud is a senior scientist working for the French National Centre of Research (CNRS). He has almost 20 years of experience in the chemistry of silicones, with recent emphasis on additive synthesis for silicone materials. He has published more than 30 papers on the field and about 10 patents, and have delivered more than 20 invited international conferences on different aspects of silicone synthesis, characterization, processing and applications. 

  • Gabriel Geyne

    Application Engineer Sigma Soft

    Gabriel Geyne is an Application Engineer at SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Masters’ degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He was a trainer at the UMASS Lowell Fundamentals of Plastics Testing seminar. His Master’s thesis involved signal conditioning noise of injection molding machines for an in-cavity multivariate sensor capable of measuring temperature, pressure and velocity of the melt. Gabriel has 4 years of experience in simulations of thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, LSRs, and MIM using Sigmasoft Virtual Molding. He is a soccer fan of the Real Madrid Football Club, he enjoys traveling, and driving his Mustang. 

  • Juergen Giesow

    Director of Technology & Engineering Arburg INC.

    Juergen Gieosow, PhD Juergen started in 1983 as an apprentice at a Packaging company to become a Certified Process Technician. After the 3 year program he stayed with the company and became a shift leader. In 1989 he went back to University for Plastic Engineering in Troisdorf Germany. After finishing this program Juergen joined ARBURG at the Headquarter facility in Germany to become as a trainer. After years in the training department at ARBURG he started to travel to the US in 1996 to set up a

  • Joseph Hallett

    Senior Development Chemist Fenner Precision

    Dr. Joseph Hallett have worked within the rubber industry since graduating from Loughborough University in 1997. During this time I have worked in a range of roles including design, product development, quality and technical service. I joined Fenner Precision in May 2016 and work within the product development group in Lincoln, UK. 

  • Tom Jenkins

    Executive Director of Business Development R.D. Abbott

    Tom Jenkins has four decades of technical and managerial experience in engineering, sales, marketing, quality, and operations. Prior to joining R.D. Abbott, Tom worked for Parker Hannifin Corporation (formerly Hi-Tech Rubber Inc. and A.C. Hoffman Engineering, Inc.)—all industry leading manufacturers of precision elastomeric components serving the medical and commercial industries. Some of his key technical contributions during this tenure included: developing and implementing new elastomeric molding technologies; developing numerous patented components and devices; and moving manufacturing operations into a new state-of-the-art molding facility.

  • Markus Landl

    Head of international business development SIMTEC (under the umbrella of THE RICO GROUP)

    Markus Landl is Head of International Business Development at the RICO GROUP, a network of professional suppliers for injection molding tools, automation and the production of parts made of elastomers and multi-shot applications. Since November 2015 he is responsible for developing global strategies and he coordinates the development of markets and innovation potentials for the RICO GROUP locations in Austria, Switzerland and the United States. Previously Mr. Landl worked for global acting companies in the areas of tool-making, automation and the development of complete production solutions. He started working as an engineer with focus on parts machining and tool-making and then he became a project manager for worldwide activities in the plastics business. From February 2004 to October 2015 he was employed as an Area Sales Manager and as a Sales Director. Through his national and international experience, he has a broad network in the industry. Mr. Landl received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Science in Steyr, Austria. 

  • Lynn E. Momrow-Zielinski

    President & Co Founder Extreme Molding

    Lynn is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  She has a B.S. In Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering.  Lynn started her career as a Development Engineer at Mobil Chemical Company in the Plastics Packaging Division.  She then spent 8 years at GE Silicones in Production Management and Technical Global Marketing Management roles.  Lynn left GE to become a General Manager for Chemfab Corp which was acquired by Saint Gobain.  She was the World Wide General Manager of Lab Products at Saint Gobain before leaving in 2002 to start Extreme Molding.  Lynn and her business partner Joanne Moon Duncan are co-owners and active Managing Partners of Extreme Molding in Watervliet, NY.  Extreme Molding is a contract injection molder of both Thermoplastics and Silicones specializing in infant care, pet care and high end consumer products.  Lynn resides in Albany NY with her husband Mark, two orange cats Divot and Hobie and Schnoodle Winnie.  Lynn likes to golf, curl, hike, read, play the guitar and is a history buff in her spare time.  

  • Robert Pelletier

    Technical Sales of Dosing Systems Elmet NA

    Mr. Pelletier received a BBA from Western Michigan University and an AS in Science from Schoolcraft College and has taught many classes on Liquid Silicone Rubber Dispensing. He has worked in the LSR & RTV industry for over 23 years mostly in sales and marketing but has been involved with machine programming and development, technical writing and product literature. His knowledge of the systems is largely based on his hands-on approach and enjoys passing this information onto the customers via training classes, customer installations and technical seminars. His current role as Technical Sales of Dosing Systems of Elmet NA allows him to interact directly with customers both domestic and foreign, industry experts and suppliers throughout the world. His world travel offers a unique perspective of the entire LSR market and its diverse segments.

    Mr. Pelletier is married and has two sons and a daughter and enjoys Coaching, Skiing, Golfing and spending time with his family in his time off.

  • Dr. Raman Rabindranath

    Polychemist, GSDI Specialty Dispersions PolyOne Corporation

    Raman studied chemistry at the University Cologne, Germany and specialized in Polymer Chemistry. He obtained his doctoral degree in Macromolecular Chemistry in 2008 for the work on conjugated DPP-based polymers for opto-electronic applications. In 2009, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC), Würzburg, Germany where he further specialized in the development of silicone elastomers and specialty dispersions for numerous different applications. In 2015, Raman joined PolyOne’s silicone division GSDI at the European operations located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In his role, Raman is responsible for the development and sales of new functional silicone dispersions. 

  • Timothy Rourke

    Program Engineering Manager Dymotek Corporation

    Timothy Rourke has worked with plastics his entire career.  Graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, he worked for a start-up OEM medical device manufacturer before transitioning into assembly automation.  He has spent the last 12 years in contract molding and assembly, working for Vision Technical Molding/Flextronics and now at Dymotek Corporation, where he is Program Engineering Manager.

  • Dr. Andrew Saab

    Enhanced Surveillance Deputy Program Leader for Polymer Materials Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Dr. Andrew Saab is the Enhanced Surveillance Deputy Program Leader for Polymer Materials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Saab was a Supervisory Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory where he was Head of the Materials Chemistry Branch, which focuses on the chemistry, physics, and applied science and technology of new and legacy polymers, glasses, ceramics, and high carbon materials.  He was previously a member of the Technical Staff at both Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he researched the physical electrochemistry of mixed conductors, and polymer aging and new material development, respectively.  Dr. Saab received his doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Sarah Sitz

    Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering – Plastics Engineering Robert Bosch GmbH

    Sarah Sitz studied chemistry and English at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She spend time at the University of York, England, before she received her degree in 2009. As a scientific staff member at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, she was responsible for the work group "rubber extrusion". In 2015, she obtained her doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University on physical foaming of silicone rubbers in an extrusion process.

    She joined corporate research at Robert Bosch GmbH in 2014. Besides research activities, her responsibilities include central material release for elastomers as well as consultation on elastomer materials and processing for all business units at Robert Bosch GmbH.

  • Michelle Tuttle

    Elastomers Focal Boeing Commercial Airplanes

    Michelle Tuttle is the Elastomers Focal for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and has worked for the Boeing Company for 13 years. Her focus is maintaining and qualifying suppliers to Boeing’s material and process specifications for HCR seals and other parts. Her elastomers projects have included work with higher temperature and lighter weight silicones, as well as writing Boeing’s process specification for seal fabrication and acceptance criteria. Prior to becoming the Elastomers Focal, Michelle worked in the Extreme Environment Materials group in Boeing Defense and Space. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California.

  • Eric Winter

    Senior Project Engineer in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Development The Boeing Company

    Eric Winter has worked for The Boeing Company for 16 years, and is a Senior Project Engineer in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Development Organization.  He specializes in thermal protection materials solutions for airplane nacelles and related hardware.  Current areas of focus include automated assembly of fireproof textiles, thermally conductive materials, fire properties testing, thermal films and organic and inorganic insulative materials.  He has worked on multiple Boeing Commercial Airplane Programs in Engineering and Engineering Management positions.  Over half of his time at Boeing he devoted to the 787 from early product development to the final assembly of the first 100 production aircraft.  He has also worked on 737, 747, and 777 platforms.  He was nominated for the Boeing LDE Leadership Training Program, holds a CmfgE certification through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and has a PMP certification through the Project Management Institute.  Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Manufacturing Engineering from Western Washington University and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Washington.


  • Hans Peter Wolf

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

    Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf studied Chemistry at the University Frankfurt and completed his Ph-D. in inorganic Chemistry 1988 with the dissertation work about „Gasphase reactions on Raney Nickel and with shock cooled zinc“.

    He started his career at Dow Corning in November 1988 and worked as research and TS&D chemist for direct process and automotive market until 1991. From 1992 -1996 he worked in the supply chain organization as Upgrade Engineer and later as Elastomer Production Leader in Wiesbaden. Between 1997- 2007 he was Manager of the application technology and technical service team for silicone rubber in Europe.

    Since 2008 he is Global Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber.

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  • Huiping Zhang

    Chemist Momentive Performance Materials

    Huiping Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has held a number of industrial and academic positions focusing on Chemistry at General Electric Company, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bennington College. He is currently in the Elastomer Technology group at Momentive Performance Materials where he has worked since 2011.