Company Principal Dr. Ken McGowan
Education & Experience:
B.S. Gannon University Chemistry 1985
M.S. Miami University Chemistry 1988
Ph.D. Miami University Chemistry 1991
36 plus years of experience in industry and academia
Collective Company Skills and Experience:
Co-founder of Two Companies
Successfully recruited key personnel for start-up. Authored comprehensive business plan and arranged and organized private equity investments and business loans through local banks, State, and Federal funding sources.
Manage Financial Resources
Negotiated and closed several key raw material and product supply contracts. Arranged and manage employee benefit programs including 401K and medical insurance. Manage business insurance and legal representation of Companies including general corporate representation and intellectual property representation.
Technical Marketing and Sales Experience
Support the customer base by technically understanding their manufacturing processes and needs and applying technology to solve problems. Arrange customer trials of developmental products and processes. Prep and provide seminars and training to maintenance, technology and engineering staffs.
Successfull development of materials offering economical and technical advantages to customers. Several dozen patents awarded and pending on the several technologies developed: including the use of unique materials for aluminum processing applications. Development of technology and materials for bio-ceramic applications and aerospace applications. Listed as inventor on all patents in these application areas. Create technical partnerships, including joint research agreements, between Westmoreland, customers, companies and local universities Examples: WRAMC, ORNL, NREL, DOE, MIT, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Duquesne, PITT, ALCOA, Weyerhaeuser and several other public and private companies. Participate as both primary and secondary researcher for a variety of publicly and privately funded research projects. Refractory product development based on thermal requirements, chemical compatibility with process stream/environment, rheology needs, physical property requirements.
Established sales through partners and distributors in several important global markets. This includes a manufacturing and sales partner in China to supply the Asian markets, distributors in Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, England, Mexico. Contacts in many other areas of the globe.
Authored several technical papers regarding tissue scaffolding and aluminum processing. Invited speaker at related conferences. Wrote several dozen patents. Wrote several proposals for research funding from public and private entities.
Established manufacturing facility for high tech. ceramics. Managed a building expansion and upgrade for a research center. Developed and managed a combined expense/capital budget. Managed the consolidation of research and development divisions of 3 companies during two separate mergers of companies.
Integrated separate ceramic engineering departments into product type specific units. Develope and manage the annual research plan and consistently completed 80-85% of projects on time and on budget. 55% success rate in moving these projects from the laboratory to the plants to commercially viable products. Integrated other skill sets into the research effort including mineralogy, material science, chemistry and chemical and thermal engineering.
Testing and Analytical Services
Improved throughput and decreased backlog of Mineralogy, Chemistry, Physics, and Improved throughput and decreased backlog of Mineralogy, Chemistry, Physics, and Bulk Physical Properties Laboratories. Identify and design/build or purchase testing equipment. Knowledge of high temperature phase analysis technology, high throughput QA chemical analysis. Raw material and product testing and evaluation as well as physical property development and testing. Extensive knowledge of analytical techniques and equipment. Relationships with several industrial and academic research laboratories globally.
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