Advisory Board Members
Andrew Elliott, R&D Engineer, Xenith
Andrew Elliott is a Research and Development Engineer at Xenith, Detroit and proud father of four kids. Andrew received Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University and is also current perusing his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University. Leading up to his current role he has approximately seven years of engineering experience as a safety restrain development engineer. He has designed, developed and tested advanced seatbelt and airbag systems at Takata and Autoliv. He was the lead development engineer for multiple automotive safety restraint systems ranging from General Motors, Chrysler, Tesla, and Nissan. Under his current role at Xenith, he is engineering safer materials and helmet designs to reduce risk of brain injury. He is also actively coordinating with multiple universities and standards committees regarding head protection research including NOCSAE, ASTM, Virginia Tech, Wayne State University, NFL Engineering Committee, and many more.
Hamdy Khalil, Senior Global Director for Advanced Technologies and Innovation, Woodbridge
Prior to Woodbridge, Dr Hamdy Khalil held senior technical positions with BF Goodrich, Polysar Corporation and Labatt Brewery. He pioneered the introduction of renewables to the manufacturing of automotive interior parts, and has organized and chaired a number of national and international conferences around the world in the areas of polymers and nanotechnologies.
In his research career, Dr Khalil made groundbreaking contributions in the mechanism of Reformatsky synthesis, phase transfer catalysis, automotive structural adhesives and antimicrobial chemistry for latex. He is a sought-after speaker on sustainability as it relates to automotive polymers. He has delivered many plenary lectures at international conferences around the world.
Dr Khalil is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario BioAuto Council and The Center for Research and Innovation in the Bio Economy (CRIBE ). He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for ArboraNano, a member of the Board of Directors of Nano Ontario, and a member of the North American Industry Panel for Automotive Flexible Polyurethane Seating.
Dr Khalil’s passion is mentoring young scientists and helping them achieve new and higher levels of excellence.
Marty Muenzmaier Corporate Affairs Lead, Bioindustrial Group Cargill
Marty Muenzmaier leads sustainability and external affairs for Cargill's Bioindustrial Group. In this role, Marty sustainability strategy and sustainable supply chain programs for specific product lines. He also leads the group's advocacy strategy and agenda. Joining Cargill in 2001, Marty has held a variety of sustainability and advocacy roles for the company. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from the Mitchell Hamline College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Magnus Paledzki, Group Manager – Foam R&D, Mölnlycke Health Care
Magnus Paledzki has over 20 years of experience in material science areas such as foam structures, adhesives, laminating, coating and a variety of active substrate technologies. Previous career experience includes materials R&D in the automotive- and space industry working with various foam structures. Currently, he serves as the Global R&D Manager for foam structures, where he oversees the management of various product- and technology platform portfolios for the Wound Care division at Mölnlycke. He resides in one of Mölnlycke’s foam manufacturing sites in Maine, United States with a fully equipped R&D laboratory and pilot equipments.
Stefan Reuterlöv, Marketing Manager, Armacell Benelux S.A.
Stefan Reuterlöv studied Naval Architecture and Composite materials at the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology) Stockholm, Sweden. He did his master thesis on Sandwich T-joints in Marine vessels in 1995.
Stefan has now 25 years of experience working with composite sandwich materials in general and structural core materials in particular and has published more than 40 articles and papers on this subject. Today he is heading Armacell Technical Service and support for PET foam core materials worldwide.
Steve Sopher, Technical Director, JSP
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the plastics field. He has held a variety of technical positions at Raytheon, Dow/United Technologies, ARCO Chemical and JSP. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is the author of over 30 papers in the area of polyolefin foamed plastics, and holds two patents in the area of polyolefin foam energy management. He is a member of ASME, SPE, SAE and The Plastics Pioneers Association.
Bruce Spivey, Principal Engineer, Lear Corporation
Like everyone else, Bruce got into urethane by accident in 1985 after he graduated from NCSU with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Since then he has worked for several companies in addition to his own, where he has consulted for over 35 companies in R&D, chemistry, tooling, manufacturing, process engineering and commercial issues. Bruce is currently working with the Global Foam Team at Lear Corporation in Farwell, Michigan.
Dr. Xiaoxi Wang Chair, Systems Engineer SPE TPM&F and BCA Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development, The Boeing Company
Dr. Xiaoxi Wang is a Systems Engineer in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development, managing multi-million-dollar projects on materials and processes. He received prestigious awards including Most Promising Engineer of the Year Award in Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) in 2017, High Honors Award in Boeing Special Invention Award (highest technical award in Boeing) in 2016, BCA Excellence in Quality Grand Award (highest quality award in Boeing) in 2015, two NSF SBIR grants in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and 25 granted and pending US patents. Dr. Wang plays multiple leadership roles in professional societies and community organizations, including Chairman of the SPE Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division, Chair and Co-Chair for FOAMS Conference for multiple times, and Executive Secretary of Chinese Institute of Engineers / USA. Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington.
Dr. Ernest Wysong, Global Technology Leader, The Chemours Company
Dr. Ernest B.Wysong is the Global Technology Leader for Opteon™ Spray Foam and Panel Applications for Chemours, formerly DuPont Performance Chemicals, and is located in Wilmington, Delaware. He has 27 years of experience in catalysis, polymer synthesis, surface science, and polyurethane foam technology. Currently he plays a key role in helping the industry transition to low global warming blowing agents by evaluating next generation candidates and optimizing formulations to maximize performance. Dr. Wysong holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Ernest is the author of numerous papers and patents on the subject of polymer science including foam applications.