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Hoosick Falls, New York, 12090, United States
May 28, 2010

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Thomas J. Nowak

*** **** **** **** ( Hoosick Falls, NY 12090-3419 ( (518) ***-****

Quality Systems and Laboratory Management Professional ASQ-

Certified Quality Engineer

Expertise in Composite Materials and Materials for Electronic Applications

. Quality Systems: Development, Documentation, Management, Audit

(ISO 9000, ISO 17025+)

. Laboratory: Establishment, Management, Assessment,

Test and Calibration Methods

. Process: Documentation, Improvement, Six Sigma

Tools, DOE, SPC

. Product: Design, Evaluation, Specification

Development, Qualification

Dedicated professional with expertise and experience in successfully

establishing quality systems and test facilities. Solved complex technical

problems related to the performance of films, foils, fabrics, composites,

electrical laminates, and plastics. A recognized electronics industry

authority with a reputation for integrity. Superb relationships with

vendors, customers and industry regulators.


? Guided the quality systems as electronic material supplier grew from

$1MM to $200MM in sales.

? Established industry leading, military-approved laboratories for

testing laminates, electrical insulating materials, and

their raw materials.

? Developed new electrical, dimensional, and chemical test techniques

leading to success of new products (circuit board laminates, microwave

substrates, resin coated foils).

? Drove rapid Underwriters Laboratories Recognition of new High Density

Interconnect product for client, resulting in #1

worldwide market position.

? Solved critical technical problems by applying knowledge of physics and

statistical techniques.

NOWAK & ASSOCIATES - Hoosick Falls, NY

1994 - present

Owner/Principal Consultant

Provide technical expertise, knowledge of regulatory programs and quality

systems for clients.

. Set-up and coordinated complex test programs resulting in UL

Recognition of new materials for the printed wiring industry.

. Assessed over 100 laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 as a contract assessor

for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

. Help clients introduce new materials for use in electronic and

microwave applications.

. Worked as a contract Quality Engineer, set-up quality systems and test

facilities for ISO 9001, TS 16949 compliance.

. Led evaluation of compliance to Toyota Substance of Concern (SOC)


SAINT-GOBAIN PPL - Hoosick Falls, NY


Sr. Quality Engineer

Provided technical and quality support for this manufacturer of tapes, PTFE

films and rubber products.

. Upgraded calibration and test systems to improve quality of product

testing in preparation for ISO 9001 Registration.

. Investigated customer problems to determine root cause.

. Developed test and calibration procedures

THE M&P LAB - Schenectady, NY

1989 - 1994

Manager, Laminates and Circuit Board Testing Operations

Established and managed this new division of an independent testing

laboratory. Served the testing needs of companies in the printed circuit,

plastics, and power generation industries.

. Set-up laboratory and quality system including test and calibration


. Obtained Military Suitability status for laboratory to perform

Qualification testing.

. Obtained UL Recognition for suppliers of Printed wiring materials.


1972 - 1988

Enjoyed 16 years of steady advancement while helping Oak Materials Group

become a leading ($200MM) global supplier to the printed wiring industry.

The Group was acquired by Allied Signal.

Sample Positions Held

Allied Signal Laminates - La Crosse, WI & Hoosick Falls, NY

Manager Analytical Services 1987-1988

Established new corporate testing facilities in La Crosse for this $400MM

leading global supplier of electrical grade laminates and copper foil for

the printed circuit industry. Managed the combined laboratory staff of

twenty at Hoosick Falls and La Crosse.


Director of Quality and Testing 1980-1987

Coordinated global quality operations and managed corporate laboratory

facilities for this global organization with laminates, copper foil and

PTFE products divisions.

. Recruited, trained, and managed staff for new laboratory at Group HQ.

. Developed and documented Group-wide raw materials specifications and

test methods.

. Refined and validated a new method for evaluation of coefficient of

thermal expansion to support R&D product development.

. Chaired industry task group leading to new method for characterizing

the profile of copper foils.

. Acted as prime liaison with key industry organizations, the military,

and Underwriters Laboratories.

. Prioritized and supervised performance of hundreds of projects for

technical support of R&D, Quality, and Sales for the three divisions

of the Group.


Director of Quality Assurance 1972-1980

Developed and managed the QA system for five facilities in the US, Taiwan,

and Korea, allowing our new facilities to rapidly enter the worldwide


. Established finished product specifications, test and inspection


. Qualified all new products to Military and Underwriters Laboratories


. Determined source of critical electrical and thermal resistance



Siena College, Loudonville, NY- B.S. Physics

American Society for Quality - Certified Quality Engineer

Lead Assessor-A2LA (ISO 17025), ISO 9000

Military Service

. US Army: Vietnam-era veteran (Held Secret Clearance)


. IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries)

. IMAPS (International Microelectronics and Packaging Society)

. ASQ (American Society for Quality)

. A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation)

. ASTM (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials)

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