2019 Advisory Board

The following experts will be working with Smithers Rapra to shape a fantastic agenda for you to find out about the latest developments in the TPE industry:

  • Patrick Ellis

    Consultant Smithers Rapra

    Patrick Ellis qualified at the Borough polytechnic as a Plastics Technologist in 1959. He worked for Shell Chemicals first in the field of epoxy resins and later in the development of expanded polystyrene. He left Shell in 1963 to join Borg-Warner Chemicals, where he was responsible for the development of wide ABS sheet, particularly for small marine craft. In 1970 he joined GEP as Area Sales Manager and in 1972 he moved Monsanto to develop their position in the European automotive industry. In 1976 he joined Hercules Europe as Technical Manager responsible for injection and blow moulding PP business.

    When Hercules and Montedison formed Himont, he was appointed European Market Development Manager. Later Neste Chemicals bought the Himont Belgium operation, when was asked to become part of Neste Polypropylene as Business Development Manager. In 1991, he left Nest to set up his own consultancy business, where he has carried out numerous single and multi-clients’ studies on polyolefins processes and catalysts, compounding of polyolefins and thermoplastics elastomers, as well as a number of global elastomer studies. He has recently finished a global elastomer study for Smithers and as well as one on global thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and another on the European market for fibre reinforced thermoplastics (FRT).

  • Dr Stefan Roth

    Professor of Product Development/Design & Head of Material Innovation University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

    Professor of Product Development/Design University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

    University degree in Plastics Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz (Germany)

    PhD Chemnitz University of Technology, thesis "Electromagnetic Shielding by steel fibre filled compounds"

    First knowledge in automotive industry at Mann+Hummel, Ludwigsburg (Germany): R&D, field of work FEM, injection molding simulation of air intake and filter systems

    He gained broad experience in the field of plastics in medical for more than 10 years with B.Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen (Germany), i.e. development of pump devices for infusion therapy, project management. He was heading a group of material science experts, working in the field  material selection for medical disposables and pumps, formula development and refinement and polymer analysis.

    Since 2017 he is professor for product development and design. Together with his colleague, Prof. Thomas Seul, he heads the Laboratory of Applied Polymer Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, Germany, with focus on polymer science and plastics processing, additive manufacturing and validation in medical application.

  • Dr Krishna Venkataswamy

    Vice President, Business Development and Technical Marketing Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc.

    Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy is the Vice President of Business Development and Technical Marketing at Star Thermoplastics, a leading TPE solution provider in North America.  Krishna is an independent member of Board of Directors of Zylog ElastoComp, a Pune based TPE company.  Krishna served as a Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Interface (Lydall)Performance Materials.  Prior to that he has held senior global technology leadership positions at PolyOne/GLS, GAF Corporation and Advanced Elastomer Systems (Santoprene), JV of Monsanto and Exxon. His global responsibilities include organizational and business responsibilities spanning North America, Europe and Asia. 

    Krishna has been in the Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) industry for thirty years.  He has worked in consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications and his efforts have led to several commercial products.  He is considered one of the most successful industry leaders in commercializing technologies. He has over fifty patents and technical papers to his credit.

    Dr. Venkataswamy was honored with “2012 Annual Award in Research and Engineering Technology” from the Society of Plastic Engineers, an international society of polymer and plastics professionals, for his technical innovations leading to commercial success in plastics.  Prior to this, he has honored with “2006 Fellow Award” from the SPE for his technical contributions and commercial successes in the Thermoplastic Elastomer Industry.  Only 300 SPE members (1% of the total membership globally) counting 2006 awardees are elected to this prestigious status since the Fellow program inception.

    Krishna has been the recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in 1999”, from Society of Plastics Engineers for his outstanding contributions as the Chairman of Board of Directors of Engineering Properties and Structures Division (EPSDIV) for 1997-1998.   He served as a Director on the EPSDIV Board for ten years. He was a Director of the Distinguished Alumni Board at the University of Florida for a decade. He was the Chairman for the New Technology Forum” which is focused on conducting symposiums on future trends in technology treat the SPE national meetings and currently serving as a member. He is an elected member of American Chemical Society.

    Dr. Venkataswamy was awarded the Sherwin-Williams/ICI award in Applied Polymer Science in 1986 from Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, of American Chemical Society.  This was for a paper from his doctoral dissertation which was among nearly one hundred papers considered for this award that year. 

    Dr. Venkataswamy has chaired or co-chaired many American and international conferences on Thermoplastic Elastomers.  He has delivered several invited plenary /key note speeches on TPEs in international conferences in US, Europe and Asia.  Krishna has delivered  invited lectures in international conferences organized by American Chemical Society, Society of Plastics Engineers and European RAPRA as well as in academic and research institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Akron, University of Florida, SPE (Mumbai @ UDCT), Indian Institute of Technology and National Chemical Laboratories (Pune, India). 

    Krishna was awarded a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western University in 1985.  He has a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

    Krishna has been married for 34 years.  He has a son and a daughter and lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois

    He enjoys classical music and loves sports.  He actively contributes and supports an orphanage in his birth place.

  • Dr Stephanie Waschb├╝sch

    Editor TPE Magazine International

    Editor in the field of polymer-related subjects for 20+ years with focus on thermoplastic elastomers, rubber, and polyurethanes

    Editor-in-Chief TPE Magazine, Dr. Gupta Publishing, Ratingen/Germany

    Member of the VDI Strategy Group Plastics Technology (first woman to be appointed “Plastics Technology Knight” in 2018)

    Member of the jury of the SPE Central Europe Automotive Awards

    My associations:

    • German Rubber Society (DKG)
    • Association of German Engineers (VDI)
    • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
    • TPE Forum network
    • Forum Werkstoffe network
    • Germany