I graduated in chemical engineering, and added all of the polymers-related courses then available at the University of Delaware. In the decades that followed, nearly continuous reading and study led to the award of U.S. patents (polymerization), registration as a profession engineer (Texas), certification in production and inventory management (APICS CPIM – American Production and Inventory Control Society), and certification as a Six Sigma black belt (American Society for Quality). A special interest in organizational performance excellence led to voluntary service as an examiner for the Mississippi and Arizona state Baldrige Performance Excellence Award based programs.
My professional engagements focused mainly on the polymerization and polymers processing industries, except for nearly a decade of entrepreneurial activity in the computer industry. Assignments have included R&D, manufacturing plant construction and start-up, technical service, sales and sales management, software implementation, turn-around management and business unit management (domestic and international). A more detailed listing of engagements is available.
Over the last several years, I have focused my interest on Sustainability for small and mid-sized manufacturing business units. Given the emerging global realities of business — especially manufacturing business — in the 21st century, Sustainability is quite a broad matter. Each week, I write an essay on issues related to Sustainability. As of this writing, (July 2014), over 150 of those essays are accessible at: