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Chemical Engineering Engineer

Naperville, Illinois, 60540, United States
October 06, 2016

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Mary Adams **** Catalpa Lane, Naperville, IL 605**-***-*** 9395 (H) 331-***-**** (C) LinkedIn:

Summary: I have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with skills in product development and commercialization, as well polymers, experimental design, and data analysis. I also am a registered US patent agent.


Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Engineering

Dissertation: Processing of Thermoplastic Matrix Carbon Fiber Composites

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Master of Science, Chemical Engineering

Thesis: Effect of Molecular Weight Distribution on the Viscosity of Thermoplastics

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Member of Sigma Xi, research honor society

Employment History:

2011 – present Patent Agent, Kinne IP Group, Naperville, IL

Expanded practice technical areas of expertise from mechanical devices to chemical, bio-technology and micro-electrical deposition machining.

Improved patent applications for clients by suggesting experiments and helping clients analyze and present resulting data.

Two patent applications resulted in first action allowances.

Summarize and clarify the results of patent searches and provide patentability opinions.

Draft responses for foreign patent prosecution. (EPO and Japanese)

Have written approximately 10 patent applications in the areas of chemistry, mechanical devices, micro-electrical deposition machining and bio-technology while working part-time.

Write responses to Office Actions including amended claims and arguments regarding the patentability of the claims.

Provided litigation support by reading and summarizing the salient points of prosecution history.

Self-starter requiring little direct supervision – currently work remotely.

1994 - 1997 Research Engineer, Union Carbide Corporation, Somerset, NJ

Developed and commercialized several new wire and cable insulation products to meet both UL and European ratings.

oOne high-value-added product is still being manufactured.

Worked on cross-functional teams with customers and Union Carbide business from manufacturing to management and manufacturing to ensure that products not only meet a customer’s specific technical and regulatory requirements, but also hold broad appeal for the market.

Determined a need for and developed new quality control testing procedures for novel additives.

Determined a need for and developed novel test protocols to speed product development.

Solved long-standing technical issue with an established product using a simple, cost-effective additive.

Provided training as needed to customers, R&D peers, manufacturing and business personnel.

1992 – 1994 Senior Engineer, Union Carbide Corporation, Somerset, NJ

Developed several inherently crosslinkable wire and cable compounds, including products with flame retardant and improved flexibility properties.

Determined a need for and then implemented a system to monitor competitors’ and customers’ patent positions to ensure our technology was adequately protected and technically commensurate.

oSet up search criteria, read published applications and patents and provided summaries and analyses of relevant publications to research and business personnel.

Technical Expertise:

Thermoplastic polymers, polymer processing, plastics formulation and compounding, wire and cable insulation compounds, experimental design, statistical data analysis, chemistry, surface science, process-induced micro-damage in polymers, polymer synthesis, analytical methods, heat transfer, finite element analysis, viscoelasticity, materials science, mechanical devices, carbon fiber composites, development of physical property testing methods, extrusion, injection molding, engineering thermoplastics, polyoelfins, plastics additives, product development, commercialization, UL

Volunteer Work:

2009 – present Uniform Coordinator for Naperville Central High School Marching Band, Naperville, IL

Automated acquisition of students’ measurements into fitting program

By reaching out to other parents, increased the number of volunteers helping with the uniforms, reducing the workload for the band instructors

2011 – present Concessions Stand Fundraiser Chair and Buyer for Naperville Central High School Band, Naperville, IL

Doubled profit margin by reducing waste, optimizing pricing and soliciting customer feedback for items to sell. Also negotiated an agreement to sell leftover stock to other users of the concessions stand. Last year the concessions stand netted $11,000 profit for the band in approximately 125 hours of selling over the course of 4 months.

2005 – 2006 Enrichment Instructor for 4th and 5th grade English, Bradford Elementary School, Bradford, NH

Lead small-group discussions about literary selections with gifted children.

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