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Chemist/Lab Director

Ravenden, Arkansas, 72459, United States
November 29, 2017

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Mark Bryant

Professional Resume

Chemist, Lab Director 546 Lawrence Road 107

American Silica Ravenden, AR 72459-9078

Technical/R&D 870-***-****


Employment/Experience/Job Duties

A.Chemist, October 2016-present, American Silica, Black Rock, AR

1.Maintain a clean and safe work area. Follow the established laboratory safety guidelines and procedures

2.Maintain proper sampling technique for all sites requiring sampling

3.Inspect raw material (incoming deposits) to insure conformity to general product requirements

4.Perform the physical lab testing of incoming, in-process, finished goods, and raw materials as needed, to insure conformity to API, ASTM and customer requirements

5.Assist in the continual improvement of the Quality Department (training of Q.A. personnel, help develop and maintain procedures, etc.)

6.Perform all required paperwork and record keeping functions properly and accurately. Generate and distribute reports of testing and activities as required

7.Inspect finished product

B.AWANAs/Youth Leader/Sunday School Teacher, December 2011-January 2017, Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Annieville, AR

1.Taught AWANAs 3rd-4th Grade Boys, 2011-2016

2.Taught 5th-6th Grade Sunday School, 2014-2017

3.AWANAs Activity Director, 2013-2017

4.Taught Senior High Youth (9th-12th Boys/Girls) 2016-2017

C.Church Bulletin/Choir, November 2011-January 2017, Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Annieville, AR

1.Prepared weekly Church Bulletin, promotional material, event flyers, etc…

2.Choir member

D.Chemist, July 2007-September 2016, Crane Composites, Jonesboro, Arkansas

1.Maintained a clean and safe work area. Followed the established laboratory safety guidelines and procedures (including 5S)

a.Hazardous Materials

b.Participated in Safety Committee

2.Participated in laboratory work involving raw materials (core and gel-coat resin) evaluation, new product development, new applications for existing products, and competitive product matching.

a.Worked with thermoset resins

i.Unsatured polyesters

ii.Vinyl esters


iv.Limited epoxies

b.Extensive work done in formulation, constantly responding to customers’ needs

i.Statistical Analysis/Methods, i.e. DOE

ii.Compounds from scratch

iii.Modified compounds from existing formulations

iv.Tweaked compounds when slight property changes were needed by customer

v.Reverse engineered some formulations, using heats of rxn to find optimal blends

c.Acquired and maintained comprehensive working knowledge of color instrumentation

d.Performed color matching (as required), color control, slurry formulation, special color related studies and experiments (placing emphasis on the quality of color critical raw materials, in-process & finished products)

e.Tested and released color materials for production.

f.Coordinated with, made recommendations to, and sought the direction of the Technical Manager in product development

3.Participated in production quality control, directly as well as through the Quality Department, helping to implement quality control design functions coincident with product development

a.SOP development and revision

b.JSA development


4.Provided technical advice, service, or assistance, and made product recommendations to sales personnel or to customers when needed or requested.

5.Kept current and informed of new products, ingredients, techniques, developments, etc., within the composites industry through technical literature, attendance at technical and professional meetings or seminars or contact with customers, suppliers, etc.

6.Responded promptly to inquiries, either directly to the customer, to sales, or to the supervisor, regarding technical issues.

7.Disposed of hazardous and non-hazardous materials according to documented procedures.

8.Reviewed and updated Standard Operating Procedures and Work Instructions.

9.Collaborated with corporate Quality and R&D groups to help implement systems for effective and prompt root cause analyses, and helping to manage corrective and preventative actions



ii.Problem Solving

iii.Value Stream Mapping

b.Process FMEA



10.Provided “hands-on” support to lead assigned projects to improve safety, quality, delivery and cost

E.Instructor, August 2006-May 2016, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro/Paragould Campuses

General Chemistry 1, General Chemistry 2, and Physical Science Instructor

F.Part-Time Instructor, January 2006-May 2007, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro

Campus Physical Science & Physical Science Lab Instructor

G.Adjunct Instructor, January 2005-May 2010, Arkansas State University, Paragould

Campus Physical Science & Physical Science Lab Instructor

H.Graduate Teaching Assistant, January 2004-December 2004, Arkansas State University,

Jonesboro Campus General Chemistry I & II Lab

I.Graduate Teaching Assistant, January 2004-August 2004, Arkansas State University,

Jonesboro Campus Organic Chemistry I & II Lab


A.Work Ethic

1.I pursue my own work with dedication, perseverance, precision, and passion.

2.I believe in teamwork and in developing others and I further believe that empowering team members with the right tools is crucial to refining productivity and efficiency.

3.I engage with others honestly, tactfully, respectfully, and with poise.

B.Personal Enrichment

1.Experience from previous positions

a.Managing large groups of people and steering them toward stated goals

b.Opportunities to work in multi-disciplinary teams with specific goals.

c.Opportunities to lead and/or facilitate Kaizen events and participate in other events

d.Was a driving force in developing a new product concept.

2.Internal projects within previous Technical/R&D roles have resulted in tangible products


1.Familiarity with plant and work space

2.Understanding flow of raw materials and required labor

3.Establishing and monitoring process and product quality

a.Knowledge of processes

b.Development of good workmanship

c.Safety as a company culture and way of life


1.Analytical Testing

a.Titrations for test solutions and for equivalence determination in our day to day operation.

b.Determination of mass loss, percent of nonvolatiles in solution

c.Chemical reactivity, gelation temperature and cure time

2.Physical Testing

a.Tensile strength & tensile modulus determination

b.Flexural strength & flexural modulus determination

c.Percent of elongation

d.Glass transition temperature

e.Impact strength

f.Adhesion testing (bond strength and substrate adhesion)

g.Heat distortion/evolution


i.Thermal testing

j.Color testing/matching

k.Particle Analysis and Crush Strength

l.Density and Turbidity


a.Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectrometer (TDLAS)

b.Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)

c.Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR)

d.Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometer (UV-VIS)

e.Gas Chromatography

4.Supply Chain

a.Procurement of Raw Materials

b.Inventory Management

c.Warehouse/Shipping Management

5.Tax Accounting

a.Individual and Partnership Tax

b.Sales & Withholding Tax

c.Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly Reporting


A.Master of Business Administration Emphasis in Logistics/Supply Chain,

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas: Anticipated May 2018

B.Master of Science-Chemistry, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Thesis: Infrared Spectroscopy of N2O and Jet-Cooled Organometallics

Thesis Advisers: Dr. William Burns & Dr. Scott Reeve

August 4, 2006

C.Bachelor of Science-Chemistry, Minors in Mathematics and English Literature,

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

December 19, 2003


A.American Chemical Society

a.Division of Polymer Science

b.Division of Chemical Education

B.National Honor Society

C.National Society of Collegiate Scholars

D.Arkansas Society of Public Accountants

Presentations at Scientific Groups/Organizations

A.The 61st Southwest and the 57th Southeast Joint Regional Meetings of the American Chemical Society: Infrared Spectroscopy of Jet Cooled Organometallics. Scott W Reeve, William A Burns, Mark Bryant, Ginger Berry, Kyle Trauth and Alan Ford. Talk 499. November 4, 2005. Memphis, TN.

B.The 61st Southwest and the 57th Southeast Joint Regional Meetings of the American Chemical Society: The Observation and Analysis of Rotation Vibration Spectra of N2O: A Physical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment. Mark S. Bryant, Scott W Reeve, William A Burns. Talk 326. November 3, 2005, Memphis, TN.

Literature Submitted/Published

A.Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy: The 10 band of Fe(CO)5; Ginger Berry, Mark Bryant, William Burns, Alan Ford, and Scott Reeve; submitted, revised and awaiting approval.

B.Journal of Chemical Education submission: The Observation and Analysis of Rotation Vibration Spectra of N2O: A Physical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment; Mark Bryant, William Burns, Scott Reeve; submitted, revised, and approved awaiting publication.

Other literature upon request


Available upon request.

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