James R. Talbert
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Experienced Chemical Engineer with expertise in Process Engineering, including project management, new product development, continuous improvement, and quality engineering.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Six years of experience in process engineering and process development.
- More than 4 years experience in polymer processing, specifically PTFE and HIPS.
- Two years of experience with inorganic materials processing.
- More than 3 years of experience in new product development and scale-up.
- Led a large scale capital equipment project, with budget exceeding $4 million.
- Developed sustained relationships with internal partners and external vendors.
- Proficient in various statistical techniques, including SPC and DoE.
- Adept understanding of manufacturing processes with a passion for quality.
- Software: MS Office, JMP, ADX, Minitab, AutoCAD
- Languages: Visual Basic, Fortran
- Other: DOS-based and Web-based MES (Manufacturing Execution System), Oracle
Canon Virginia, Inc.
Newport News, VA
June 2011 – Present
Canon Virginia, Inc. manufactures toner cartridges for laser-jet printers.
- Conducted product specification development for recycled High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS).
- Supported manufacturing engineering with equipment design and testing for recycling toner cartridges.
- Managed QC lab construction and outfitting, including coordinating facilities work, cabinet design and installation, and test equipment procurement and development.
- Managed QC lab capital budget as well as expense budgets for equipment testing and specification development.
- Supported production by developing inspection process flow diagrams.
PROCESS DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
November 2009 – June 2011
Sensorcon specializes in toxic gas detectors for professional and industrial applications.
- Led development efforts for electrochemical sensors from initial prototyping through scale-up to manufacturing.
- Utilized knowledge of electrochemical catalytic reactions and materials selection to develop sensors for carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, and nitrogen dioxide.
- Developed processes and procedures for manufacturing toxic gas sensors and finished devices in volumes of up to 1000 units per month.
- Managed vendor on-time delivery and cost for instrument cases and sensor components.
- Developed a process to produce sensors under original cost estimates, as well as a plan for scale-up to reduce cost of parts and processing.
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
June 2006 – July 2009
Gore is a global corporation offering unique solutions using ePTFE, most notably Gore-Tex.
- Maintained current manufacturing processes for the manipulation of PTFE and ePTFE, including troubleshooting, root cause analysis, proper utilization, and process improvements/upgrades.
- Worked extensively with polymer processing techniques, including extrusion, calendering, drying, and drawing/expanding.
- Responsible for interaction with internal customers, including corrective action requests (CARs).
- Developed derivative PTFE and ePTFE products, including scale-up and commercialization.
- Assisted in transition of DOS based MES to Web based MES, specifically with data management.
- Led a project with a multi-functional team to design and build a new piece of processing equipment with budget exceeding $4 million.
- Led and assisted in a large scale cross-plant designed experiment which was able to reduce operating costs and variability caused by product changeover.
- Led supplier requalification efforts with internal customers.
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
Wilmington, DE; Richmond, VA; Seaford, DE
August 2003 – August 2005
- Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE: Modeled heat transfer and reaction kinetics using Visual Basic and Fortran.
- Spruance Plant, Richmond, VA: Worked in Tyvek Quality Assurance, evaluating current lab equipment and implementing new test equipment for the in-area production testing lab.
- Nylon Plant, Seaford, DE: Conducted experiments on the cut-strength of Nylon 6,6 in order to optimize staple fiber processing.
June – July 2004
- Performed MTF and other quality measurements on pre-packaged night-vision tubes.
May – July 2003
- Worked in a pilot plant and in the field, performing research and development of acid-leaching copper from various types of ore. Maintained oxygen sensors for determining the optimal conditions for extraction.
EDUCATION AND LICENSING
B.S. Chemical Engineering
August 2001 – May 2006
- Passed all requirements for Fundamentals of Engineering examination, gaining certification as Engineer in Training (EIT).