Process Development Engineer @ Corning Incorporated
BS, Chemical Engineering @
North Carolina State University
Hello. Let me introduce myself. I am Mark Wollum, chemical process engineer, with over twenty years of leading process improvement and process development projects. These projects have included quality improvement initiatives, productivity/capacity increases, and scale-up of new products. In each case I used my analytical skills to understand and to apply scientific principles in completing each project.
Hello. Let me introduce myself. I am Mark Wollum, chemical process engineer, with over twenty years of leading process improvement and process development projects. These projects have included quality improvement initiatives, productivity/capacity increases, and scale-up of new products. In each case I used my analytical skills to understand and to apply scientific principles in completing each project. Over the course of my career I have worked in laboratory, pilot, and production environments. I am proficient in the following unit operations: reactions (batch and CSTR), liquid mixing, size reduction, solid-liquid separation, drying, and extrusion. Other skills that I have are: technical writing, design of experiments (DOE), continuous process improvement (DMAIC), data analysis, Kepner-Tregoe (KT) problem solving and decision making, green belt certificate, and Franklin-Covey leadership training. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Global Process Engineering Manager @ As a process engineer I have led process improvement projects at multiple sites, domestic and international.
• Increased the process capability index (CpK) of an enteric polymer’s physical appearance from less than 1 to greater than 4 by using DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Implement/Improve, and Control) methodology. Product yields were also increased 2 – 4% as a result of the process improvements. The quality and yield improvement resulted in >$500k of revenue.
• Led a multidisciplinary team that increased an enteric polymer plant’s capacity by 50% and added approximately $1M of revenue through process optimization, debottlenecking, and capital expansion.
• Led >$1M capital project which eliminated significant health and safety concerns from an existing process by replacing legacy unit operations with alternative technology. This project also improved efficiency, upgraded process control, and doubled capacity giving>$5M in new revenue.
• Established technical direction for multiple products by designing and completing vendor lab trials. Successful lab trials were followed up with on-site equipment rentals. On site rentals were used to verify large scale technical feasibility, to establish operating conditions, and to confirm commercial viability.
• Designed and conducted experiments at a contract manufacturing organization to establish the operating conditions for a larger scale reactor. Wrote an engineering report that compared the small to the large scales. The results were used to design a new enteric polymer plant with double the capacity over the existing plant.
• Led a process improvement project that increased the capacity of an excipient plant by 40% by decreasing the cycle time for the bottleneck in the process.
• Reduced the amount of raw material waste in an excipient plant saving more than $200k per year. From November 2005 to Present (10 years 2 months) Greater Philadelphia AreaPrincipal/Sr. Engineer @ • Executed experimental programs to define more cost-effective polyurethane foam formulations used in ink-jet cartridges. Trials included measurements of differential pressure across the foam during liquid withdrawal, ink retention under vacuum, and print tests.
• Supported development of new polyurethane foam in hydrogen and methanol fuel cell applications through a detailed experimental program. Results facilitated the effort to enter a new market.
• Developed internal test method and apparatus to determine if novel fire retardant polyurethane foams met ASTM requirements. These new methods were used in all subsequent developments in the company. From October 2002 to November 2005 (3 years 2 months) Greater Philadelphia AreaProcess Development Engineer @ • Improved quality of optical fiber to satisfy customer needs through root cause analysis and by applying scientific and engineering principles. Fibers which passed QC tests had been failing when the customers were preparing to build their systems. Enabled business to keep $5M in sales, since customers would have to use a competitor’s product or spend additional capital to correct for the deficiencies. From December 2000 to September 2002 (1 year 10 months) Wilmington, North Carolina AreaSr. Technical Service Engineer/Research Engineer @ • Partnered with sales associates in sales calls, helping to determine how we could better serve them. We would discuss new products, how to use existing products, and quality concerns.
• Worked with the pilot plant manager to develop a new styrene isoprene block copolymer for hot melt adhesives, based on feedback from sales calls.
• Evaluated experimental polymers in the laboratory by industry established testing in hot melt adhesive and asphalt formulations and provided feed back to the pilot plant.
• Used design of experiments (DOE) methodology to increase the flexibility of a high styrenic block copolymer improving performance relative to competitive products in the marketplace.
• Used batch and continuous reactors to develop and improve synthetic rubber and styrenic block copolymers.
• Extended Central Research’s novel reactions to develop 3 new products. From December 1992 to November 2000 (8 years) Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area
MS, Chemical Engineering @ Purdue University From 1990 to 1992 BS, Chemical Engineering @ North Carolina State University From 1986 to 1990 Mark Wollum is skilled in: Green Belt, Process Engineering, Process Improvement, Product Development, Chemical Engineering, Design of Experiments, Technology Transfer, Process Simulation, Pilot Plant, Technical Writing, R&D, Validation, Chemistry, Continuous Improvement, Polymers
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