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Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community

Dorworth Louis C. "Lou" Dorworth has been working in the advanced composites industry since 1978. He has been associated with Abaris since its inception in 1983 and employed by Abaris Training since 1989. Dorworth’s background includes many years of education and experience in composite materials research and development, manufacturing engineering, material and process engineering, and tool design and fabrication. His aerospace composite background includes work on such programs as the Lear Fan 2100, Beechcraft Starship 1, B-2 bomber, C-17 transport, MD-11, Boeing 777, Airbus A-330/340, as well as many unmanned vehicle projects and programs. In addition, Dorworth has been involved with a number of nonaerospace programs, ranging from wind blades to snowboards to marine vessels to submersibles. He has been a professional member of the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering since 1982, having published a variety of technical papers over the years. Dorworth is currently chair of both the PCC Community and the Composite Manufacturing Tech Group. He co-authored “Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication & Repair.” Member Since 1997
   
Mel_Cossette Imelda “Mel” Cossette is the executive director and principal investigator of the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education, which is housed at Edmonds Community College. Cossette has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and has developed technician training programs for industry and educational institutions, including computer-based training. She serves on a number of national grants, community-based and college advisory committees, and has worked in various businesses and industries including holding administrative positions at several community and technical colleges. Member Since 2003
   
Jeffrey Jansen Jeffrey A. Jansen is senior managing engineer and a partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm. Jansen specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, and aging studies for thermoplastic materials. He has been solving polymer-related problems for 23 years. In that time, Jansen has performed more than 1,050 failure investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. He served for two years as the ANTEC Technical Program chair for the Failure Analysis and Prevention Special Interest Group. Jansen followed that as chairperson of FAPSIG for an additional two years. He has authored numerous articles and an ASM handbook chapter relating to failure analysis. Jansen is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing and polymer technology. He’s a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Member Since 2013
   
Lofland Richard A. "Dick" Lofland, FSME, is president of Richard Lofland & Associates. For more than 40 years, he has worked between Hughes Helicopters Inc., McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. and The Boeing Co. in Mesa, Ariz. Lofland joined the 1994 Class of SME Fellows, is the former co-chair of the PCC Community and is currently a co-chair for the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group. In 1990, he was awarded the J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award. Lofland received a BS and an MS in aeronautical science from Emery Riddle Aeronautical University. Member Since 1989
   
Mark Lousberg Mark Lousberg is the director of sales at Sandstrom Coating Technologies where he is responsible for strategic planning and business development. After graduating from Loras College, Lousberg was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. While in his last year in the Army, Lousberg became interested in manufacturing processes. He later formed a partnership that marketed microbrewery beers and contracted for production. Member Since 2009
   
parsons Stephen Parsons, PE, is a Lockheed Martin fellow at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Currently, he’s the manufacturing technology lead for current and future for Advanced Development Programs. Previously, Parsons was site lead for manufacturing technology organization with projects supporting ADP Joint Future Theater Lift business pursuit; F-35 build in Marietta, Ga.; F-22 assembly; C-130J; P-3; and C-5. He is a manufacturing subject-matter expert for Lockheed’s fiber-placement machine selection team. Parsons earned his bachelor’s in applied physics from Appalachian State University in 1980 and his master’s in mechanical engineering Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985. He is a LM 21 certified black belt and an LM certified program manager (level II). Member Since 2008
 
Petrach Robert V. Petrach Jr., CMfgE, is currently a tooling/injection molding engineer at Safety Technology International. Previously, he was a product engineer at Delphi in the Power Products Business Unit. Petrach has spent most of his 35+ year career as a manufacturing engineer focused on injection molding processing and tooling. He started his career as a tool-room foreman at Fisher Body and has worked as a manufacturing engineer, reliability engineer and product engineer during his career with GM and Delphi. Petrach has been an active member of the Delphi Corporate Injection Molding Center of Expertise for more than 12 years. He also is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Petrach is the former chair of the PCC Community, the former chair of Oakland-Macomb No. 69 and a current advisor for the Plastics Tooling & Mold Design Tech Group. Member Since 1994
   
Member Council Liaison
Matt Welle Matthew Welle is a manufacturing manager for Tegra Medical. Welle has extensive experience in complex business transactions, manufacturing and business process engineering, sales, estimating and sourcing of manufactured components, contracts, budget planning, negotiations, sales, business process redesign, medical device manufacturing, along with hands-on leadership coaching and development. Previously, he was president of operations and development at The Velazquez Group LLC, project manager/process engineer at Swissturn USA, operations and business development director at K2 Partnering Solutions, district manager at True Blue Inc. and production/quality supervisor at Lemco Machine. Since 2011, Welle has been a facilitator for SME's Leadership Series and is serving on the 2013 SME Member Council. Member Since 2011
Member and Industry Relations Manager
Wellington Jane Wellington began her career at SME in 1996. Since that time, she has held various positions within SME in the expositions, former technical associations and membership departments. Wellington is currently the member and industry relations manager for the PCC Community. In her role, Wellington manages activities, events and industry collaborations that promote SME and the PCC Community, while also engaging the local chapter members. As member engagement liaison to SME member chapters, her territory includes 11 states in the Midwest. Prior to joining SME, Wellington had 20+ years’ experience with corporate, personal trust administration and customer service in the banking industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a board member for a local nonprofit service organization. Click to connect