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Chemical Engineering Analyst

Monroeville, Pennsylvania, United States
September 25, 2018

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Paul R. Schwartz

*** ***** ****, ***********, ** 15146 H: 412-***-**** C: 412-***-****

Skills Summary

Provided quantitative image analysis of material quality, failure modes and composition to establish optimal production parameters using scanning electron microscopic/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopic(SEM/EDS) techniques and support of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and microprobe analyses

Efficiently eliminated a six month sample backlog to a turnaround time of less than one day

Provided key analyses of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopic research and production programs involving polymers, coatings (polymer/lubricants) on aluminum can sheet and flexible packaging materials

Monitored environmental pollution control systems (air and water) for the purpose of establishing effective parameters of stack gas emissions for coal fired electric power plants

Professional Experience

Alcoa, Inc. Alcoa Technical Center, Alcoa Center, Pa. 15069

Electron Microscopist/Materials Characterization Analyst

Developed methodology to perform image analysis for the determination of aluminum metallurgical production/research parameters using scanning electron/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX) and optical (light) techniques, In addition to assisting in TEM sample preparation

Developed computer programs to perform automated image analysis processing of contrasting parameters for up to five contrasting phases at a time on scanning electron and optical images

Failure analysis (fractography) of customer, research, and production materials by scanning electron microscopy

Powder characterization using scanning electron microscopy

Trained plant personnel and coworkers (engineers and technicians), and summer interns on the operational procedures of a scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy

Chemical Analyst

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopic analysis of production and research samples of polymers, flexible packaging materials, powders, coatings, and metals (primarily aluminum) Familiarity with GC-MS, MS and ICP

Characterized powders using porosimetry, surface, area measurements, and metal samples by obtaining differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data


Characterization of Conversion-coated Aluminum using Fourier Transform Infrared and Raman Spectroscopies; Ahern, Angela M.; Shaffer, Lori A.; Schwartz, Paul R., Applied Spectroscopy, Volume 46, Issue 9, September 1992, pp 141*-****-**/1992.

Sigma Xi (Alcoa Chapter) Best Internal Publication 2007 Microstructure Characterization of Aluminum Alloy Plates Subjected to the Fragment Simulating Projectile Ballistic Test Jiantao Liu, Roberto J. Rioja, Brenda M. Rose, Paul R. Schwartz, John C. Brem



Major: Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces

Minor: Chemical Engineering

Related coursework: Material and Polymer Science


Major: Computer Science


Major: Chemistry/Secondary Education

Minor: Mathematics

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