Dr. Swaminathan Ramesh
After getting his PH.D in organic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Dr. Ramesh came to Chicago, IL to conduct post-doctoral research in 1976. After a brief stint (2.5 years) as a contract chemist at the EPA labs in Chicago, he moved to Michigan in 1983 and served as a research scientist at the Central Research Labs of BASF Corporation. He stayed at BASF for 23 years and retired from their Auto OEM division at Southfield in 2005. To date, Dr. Ramesh has published over 20 papers and obtained more than 40 U.S. and International patents. After BASF, Dr. Ramesh started Global Energy Conversions LLC, a research company dedicated to alternative energy projects. Currently, Dr. Ramesh serves as a technical advisor regarding the commercialization of plastics to fuel and energy technology.
Miguel A. Linares
Miguel Linares was born in Spain in 1951 and later immigrated to the United States after studying sculpture in both Granada and Barcelona.
He began his manufacturing career in the plastics industry as a tool and model maker for Lamar Industries of Sterling Heights, Michigan and was quickly promoted to Design Engineering overseeing tool and die design process.
In 1991, Mr. Linares founded Rapid Products, Inc., a tooling manufacturer located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Rapid Products specialized in the design and manufacturing of small prototype tools and models and later expanded to large production and prototype tooling. In 1994, the company expanded operations to include injection molding which produced high volume plastic parts for large Tier 1 & 2 automotive suppliers.
Mr. Linares was the founding member and President of Stratech Manufacturing and Tooling, LLC specializing in production-prototype tooling and high volume plastic injection molding. While at Stratech, Mr. Linares along with 3DM Worldwide plc, developed the revolutionary PIM molding process creating the world's first composite pick-up truck bed. The PIM process was featured on the Dodge Dakota by Chrysler Corporation at the 2003 International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Currently, the PIM process is being utilized in a number of diverse industry sectors.
In 2004, Mr. Linares co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of Value Plastics Technologies, LLC in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 'VP Tech' develops and manufactures specialty proprietary machinery and tooling for the plastics industry with products that serve the automotive, construction, and home product markets.
Mr. Linares attended the prestigious Institute of America (Barcelona, Spain) with advanced studies in Drafting, Design and Architecture.
Mario has over 25 years experience in the areas of finance and plastic technologies. Although Mario has been principally involved in the capital markets, he is also an accomplished inventor and economist. He serves on the Board of Directors of several U.S. and U.K. companies and has successfully advanced at least three of these corporations onto the public markets.
Al Hetke, P.E.
Mr. Hetke has over forty years of experience in the automotive industry ranging from research & development, product development, manufacturing engineering to operations management and executive roles in international business. Mr. Hetke, a registered professional engineer in metallurgy, graduated from General Motors Institute in 1964 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and received his MBA degree from Michigan State University in 1978. He also holds an MSE degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Hetke is a certified manufacturing engineer and a member of the Michigan State Energy Audit Board.
Robin serves as President of Eden Research, Inc. in the United States and serves on the Board of Directors of several other U.S. companies. Robin has distinguished herself as an avid environmentalist and accomplished inventor. Her knowledge in the area of refining various plastic and antimicrobial technologies have been instrumental in the advancement of several companies that have gone public over the past eight years.
Scott A. Wellman
Mr. Wellman is an accomplished International Business Executive with over 25 years of global automotive industry experience, ranging from product development engineering, production process control, quality systems management, operations management, executive management positions in sales and marketing, operations, and complete P&L responsibilities, including Board of Directors positions for various U.S., Japanese Keiretsu and Chinese automotive suppliers.
Mr. Wellman is a successful inventor and entrepreneur holding U.S. Patents and Patents Pending in advanced structural composites and materials manufacturing technology. His entrepreneurship is evidenced by the founding of NVH Concepts in 2001, a successful start-up NVH rubber molding and advanced composites company which was then sold in 2005 to Asimco Technologies, a privately owned U.S. Corporation with a manufacturing footprint in both the U.S. and China. With the sale of NVH Concepts, Mr. Wellman joined Asimco’s corporate executive management team as Vice President of the newly formed Asimco NVH Technologies (a product of the acquisition of NVH Concepts) and Global Unit Leader where he assumed full P&L responsibility for their global NVH division which operated in both the U.S. and China holding 5 manufacturing facilities, 3 engineering technical centers and 3,000 employees.
In 2007, Mr. Wellman left Asimco and founded NVH Solutions, an advanced engineering, development and manufacturing company focused on providing value-engineered solutions to aid industry in achieving their weight and cost reduction targets while providing recyclability and increased functionality of individual products and modules. Under license from GTI, NVH Solutions is currently driving the commercialization of the PIM Technology throughout the automotive and heavy-truck industry.