Speaker Bios

Dr Chris Robertson

Chris joined ERA Technology Ltd in 1983 as a graduate physicist and was awarded a PhD in plasma microelectronic fabrication techniques from the University of Surrey in 1990 - research carried out while at ERA.  In 2002, he was appointed head of Reliability and Failure Analysis at ERA, the UK’s leading consultancy for impartial engineering reliability and failure investigation, and in 2011 head of Regulatory Compliance.

Chris has led the development of consultancy services concerning the compliance of products with environmental requirements and was instrumental in establishing ERA Technology’s long running international conference on environmental legislative compliance issues-now in its 14th year.  He and his group have undertaken numerous projects for industry, the European Commission, UK government concerning environmental regulatory compliance (RoHS, WEEE, ecodesign, REACH, conflict minerals, sustainability etc.).  He is a regular contributor to ERA Technology’s environmental newsletter, RE4view.  ERA has been appointed Independent Inspector of the industry self regulatory project on the ecodesign of imaging equipment.

Chris was a member of the IEC TC111 working group which formulated the IEC guidance on disjointment for RoHS analysis (IEC/PAS 62596 now IEC 62321-2 Ed. 1.0) and is a member of the British Standards Committee GEL/111 which is the UK’s standardisation link with TC111.

Andrew Rak

Mr. Rak is a senior environmental health scientist with more than 20 years of experience addressing complex environmental and public health problems.  Currently, Mr. Rak leads Noblis’ efforts to support the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) Emerging Contaminants Program.  His responsibilities include technical support and coordination of all aspects of the identification, assessment, and management of emerging contaminants of concern to the DoD.  Previously, he focused on conducting and reviewing ecological and human health risk assessments for large-scale federal projects.  His risk assessment experience includes investigations under DERP, CERCLA, and RCRA for the Department of Defense (DoD), air toxics under the Clean Air Act, and performing background studies for rule makings under RCRA for the Environmental Protection AgencyBefore joining Noblis in 2002, Mr. Rak was employed as a toxicologist at both the US Air Force and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Rak has bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Clark University and a Masters degree in Environmental Toxicology from Duke University.  He is a certified Project Management Professional.  In 2008, Mr. Rak was awarded the DoD Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award as a co-performer by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.  He has authored several articles and peer-reviewed publications on the topic of emerging contaminants.  Mr. Rak was the Air Force representative on the Tri-Services Environmental Risk Assessment Work Group and later was a representative on the Armys Biological Technical Assistance Group.

Bill Fahrenholtz, PhD

William G. (Bill) Fahrenholtz is a Curators' Professor of Ceramic Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla).  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1989, respectively.  He completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1992.  From 1993 to 1999, Bill was a research assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at UNM.  Since starting at Missouri S&T in 1999, Bill has received several awards including seven campus-wide faculty excellence awards, two teaching awards, and a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2007.  Bill teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on thermodynamics.  His current research focuses on processing and characterization of ceramics. He has projects related to the use of rare-earth compounds for corrosion protection of light metals and advanced structural ceramics for use in environments with extreme thermal loads, mechanical forces, and/or chemical reactivities.  He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and given over 30 invited presentations on his research.  He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on nearly 50 grants from sources including industry, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Gregory Morose, PhD

Greg Morose is a Research Manager for TURI and is currently working with industry to address the use of toxic chemicals throughout the supply chain. Greg has conducted comprehensive investigations of alternatives to products containing mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, phthalates, radioactive materials, and brominated flame retardants. Greg has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master's of Science degree in Environmental Studies, a Master's of Business Administration degree, and a Doctoral degree in Cleaner Production and Pollution Prevention. Greg is also an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt.  Greg is a Research Professor for the College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Scott A. Jones

Graduated in 1983 from Lima Technical College, later renamed Rhodes State College, with an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Design Engineering.  Worked as a draftsman and engineering coordinator preparing drawings for bid packages and proposed changes in contract for the Ford Lima Engine Plant’s new Taurus V-6 engine line.  Worked at Westinghouse Electrical Systems Division as a technician in the materials and processes department and ultimately became responsible for all paint processes, selection, and standardization used in production of aircraft generators and GCU’s.  Graduated in 1991 from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering.  Worked at the Duriron Company R&D laboratory performing various corrosion testing and metallurgical analysis of Ni-Cr-Mo-W alloys.  Also researched, tested, and evaluated processes to improve the ductility of high silicon iron and assisted with titanium investment casting operations.

The last 22 years, worked in the Materials and Processes Engineering department for Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Co – Marietta, GA.  Current duties include providing corrosion prevention and control guidance and paint, sealant, fuel, oil, and lubricant oversight, specification, and approval for the C-130 aircraft program.  Assist with and consult on company and Air Force funded HAZMAT projects to reduce the use of hexavalent chrome.

Joe Ciejka

Joe graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA and then from the University of New Hampshire with a MS in chemistry.  Joe joined Luster-On Products in 1985 as a research chemist assisting in new product development. Joe received his CEF from the AESF in 1986 and has since worked on their training manuals and been a guest speaker at industry events around the country.  Joe has offered training overviews in electroplating at a number of companies and has written articles for trade magazines.  In 2001, Joe was promoted to the position of Vice-President, Development & Technology which he presently holds.

H. Jarrod Courtemanche 

Employed at Coating Systems Inc. as the Quality Manager which includes Chemistry, Waste Treatment, and Hazardous Waste management as well as NADCAP organization. Has served in this role for 6 years and has been employed by the company for 18 years. Prior to Coating Systems, had a background in Water/Wastewater treatment as an operator for an EPA Superfund site. Veteran of the U.S. Airforce, Civil Engineering division for Water Treatment. Graduate of UMASS/Lowell.

Rich Misiaszek 

Rich has been with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems for 30 years and is an SME for fiber optic and copper cabling and interconnections.   He is a technical committee member of SAE AE-8C1 Aerospace Connectors Committee and AE-8C2 Terminating Devices & Tools Committee.  Rich was the national president of IICIT, a connector technology society.   Rich is a key contributor on the Raytheon Company Cadmium/Chromium team and the Strategic Enterprise Aligned Commodity team for cables/connectors.  He also supports the Electronic Packaging and Interconnects group, Lead Free/ Tin Whiskers group,  Sustainable Engineering and Global Substances groups.   Rich holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Lowell.    

Francis DiGiovanni  

Mr. DiGiovannis is the Technical Service Director at MacDermid Industrial Solutions North America.  Fran focuses  on New England and is responsible for contacting internal and external supplier training  technical support and expertise for plating and finishing issues. Support of local sales personnel in selling MacDermid's products. Working with customer implementing new MacDermid products. Training of customer's personnel as it relates to the correct procedures to use MacDermid products.

Marko Duffy

Marko Duffy has 35 years experience in the metal finishing industry.   Marko worked in several local job shops for over 25 years before joining the finishing supplier side in 2006.  Since then Marko has represented MacDermid Specialty Chemicals and is the president of Marathon Manufacturing Services of Lawrence, MA.  Marathon's specialty is providing finishers and manufacturers in New England with the chemicals, equipment, supplies and technology they need.

Marko is the most recent past president of the National Association of Metal Finisher's - NE Chapter, a past president of the Boston Branch of the American Electroplaters and Surface Finisher's, a member of the Boston Tooling and Machining Association and one of the directors of the NE Surface Finishing Regional Conference held every Nov. Marko has written for Metal Finishing Magazine, Products Finishing, Plating and Surface Finishing and Gateway Magazine sharing his unique perspective and knowledge of the metal finisher's experience.