Meet the Instructors

August 13 - 15, 2019 | Sheraton Suites Galleria in Atlanta, GA

Scott Weber - 2019 TAPPI Extrusion Coating Course Chair
Application Development & Technical Support Engineer
, Celanese Chemical Co.



Scott Weber is an Application Development and Technical Support Engineer at Celanese working in their EVA Polymers group. Scott holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology which he earned at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. As an industry veteran, Scott has over 25 years of experience in extrusion coating and lamination, blown and cast film which focused on flexible packaging applications. Scott currently has one patent and has been involved in the development of other products that have also been patented during his career. Continuing to help others develop and grow in the industry is very important to Scott. This has led him to become involved with TAPPI. Scott has chaired the TAPPI Extrusion Coating Short course for the past seven years and will be chairing again in 2019. Scott resides in West Chester, Ohio his wife Lori. Together they enjoy spending time at Lake Cumberland, Kentucky with their family and friends. Scott is the proud father of two daughters and grandpa of three grandsons.


Carmelo Declet-Perez, Associate Technical Service & Development Scientist
Dow Chemical Company 

Carmelo Declet Perez

Carmelo Declet-Perez is an Associate Technical Service & Development Scientist for the Packaging and Specialty Plastics & Hydrocarbons (PSP&H) business at Dow. In his current role, Carmelo is responsible for technical relationship management at various customers in the Food & Specialty Packaging market segment. He also leads various platforms for understanding multilayer packaging structures and design for sustainability. Prior to this role, Carmelo was part of the PSP&H Polyethylene Product Group. In this role he was the technical focal point for extrusion coating and led a variety of projects across LDPE and Solution LLDPE. Carmelo is an active member and participant of employee resource groups, which seek to drive innovation through a more inclusive workplace. Carmelo holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In his free time, Carmelo enjoys photography, hiking, and exploring new cuisines.

Kelly Frey, Extrusion Coating Technical Service
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Kelly Frey graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Canada, in 1990 with a degree in Plastics Engineering Technology. Upon graduation Kelly was employed by Dow Chemical Canada in Sarnia, Ontario where he worked in Polyethylene Technical Service and Development for approximately 10 years. While employed at Dow Chemical, Kelly worked in TS&D supporting Dow’s blow molding, blown film, and injection molding polyethylene business. Kelly then joined Chevron in Orange,TX in 1999 where he worked in Chevron’s molding technical service group and then transitioned to extrusion coating technical service in 2000. Kelly then joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company during its formation in 2001 and has since worked in extrusion coating technical service. Kelly has presented technical papers at both Antec and TAPPI’s PLACE conference and is an active member of the TAPPI International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion division. Kelly currently is married and has two daughters and currently resides in Owasso, OK.


Robert Hammond, Technical Sales Director
Mica Corporation

  Rob started at Mica in 1998. He started in the laboratory both developing new products and creating the QA procedures for testing manufacturing products. 3 years later, he moved into the Technical Sales department. In 2014, he took on the role of Technical Sales Director. He is an active member of SPE, AIMCAL, IoPP, and ACS. Rob previously worked for 17 years in Corporate Research and Development; those companies were Allied Chemical (Honeywell), GTE Laboratories (Verizon), and Polaroid. His professional fields of specialization include molecular spectroscopy, thermal analysis, polymer technology and coating technology.

Sam Iuliano, Chief Technologist
EDI® Dies & Feedblocks

Sam Iuliano provides high-level technical support to customers, consulting with them to help improve performance in their extrusion and coating processes and alerting them to advances in die system technology. At the same time, he supports new technology programs, coordinating with all departments to develop innovations that meet emerging customer needs. He serves as an advisor to Nordson’s engineering specialists and presents the results of the latest research on tooling and processing to the extrusion and converting industries.

Dr. Jochen C. Koenig, Managing Director
Schenk Vision


Dr. Koenig received his Dr.-Ing degree in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.    From 1991 until 1994 he was a Project Coordinator at Samson AG Frankfurt and responsible for a joint venture research project with Hartman & Braun AG and the University of Kaiserslautern.  From 1994, Dr. Koenig was a System Engineer at Dr. Schenk GmbH in Munich, Germany.  In April 1995 he founded the Dr. Schenk US representation, application research and assembly operations that then primarily engaged in the Web Inspection and Optical Media industries in North and South America. He is now the Managing Director of Schenk Vision and has expanded the inspection system technology leadership of Schenk to include a broad spectrum of surface inspection systems for the solar, flat glass, nonwoven and paper, film and foil, converting, and semiconductor industries.

Todd Krupa, Regional Sales Manager – Corona, Plasma and Flame Surface Treating
Enercon Industries

Todd Krupa is Enercon’s Regional Sales Manager for Corona, Plasma & Flame Surface Treating. His extensive experience in digital and flexographic printing technologies includes collaboration with OEMS, Brand Owners and Printers looking to achieve optimal printing success. As an active member of TLMI, and a frequent presenter of technical seminars, Todd has a passion for sharing insights on corona treating to help converters successfully manage surface preparation for proper adhesion. The combination of his application expertise and equipment technology make him a valuable industry resource to OEMS and converters.


Susie Lange, Technical Sales
Mica Corporation


Susie Lange was raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the energy capital of the world. The bomb was built in Oak Ridge. The local joke there is that people from Oak Ridge glow in the dark. Her parents both worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is a twin. Her maiden name was Pfuderer, which once learned is never forgotten. Her interests include writing children’s books, tiling, making stained glass, pottery and fused glass art. She is a Chemical Engineer from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is married to a stock broker who is active in local politics. She has 2 daughters. One is a married teacher and one is a doctor. Susie has worked for Alcan, Bemis, Coating Excellence, Duralam, and Packaging Corporation. Her job titles included quality manager, department manager, process engineer, and research engineer. She is currently working for Mica Corporation as a technical sales person.


Joe Lutz, R&D Manager
Pelletron Corporation


Currently the R&D Manager for the Pelletron Corporation, Joe has a decade of experience developing bulk material handling products and processes for the plastics industry. He earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and began his career developing custom automated equipment. His career at Pelletron began as an R&D Engineer spending a lot of time in the pneumatic conveying test lab but over the years he has designed and commissioned many pneumatic conveying and dedusting systems in the “real world” too.  This combination of experience makes him a unique asset to the industry.


Scott Marks, Senior Technical Consultant 
Dow Chemical Company


Scott Marks is a Senior Technical Consultant at Dow effective April 2019, having migrated with the Ethylene Copolymers business which moved from DuPont to Dow. He is a key member for global technical support of co-extrudable adhesive polymers, consults on technical applications with North American extrusion converters, and conducts global training programs internally and externally for technical proficiency. Since 1984, Scott has been as a member of TAPPI's International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion Division (formerly called PLACE in 2001-2016, and PLC in 1984-2000). He was co-chair of the International Planning Committee, has held all the Division Council positions for PLACE, remains a Chair Emeritus of the Division, and serves as Council Member At-Large.  Scott has served multiple times as session chair in the Tappi PLACE conference, presented papers, and currently chairs the Peer Review committee for the conference.  He has been an instructor for the Extrusion Coating Short Course and the Film Extrusion course for many years. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from Rutgers University of New Jersey. Graduating from Rutgers in 1982 and joining DuPont, Scott worked in several engineering and technical positions.  From 1986 through 2008, Scott worked for DuPont's packaging materials business covering the Asia-Pacific region performing technical troubleshooting, market development, application development, training (both internal and external), and mentoring new sales personnel.  His processes background includes extrusion coating and laminating, blown film, and cast film, including multilayer co-extrusions and end-use packaging equipment. He has also worked with coextruded sheet extrusion and tubing extrusion. Beginning April 2008, Scott worked on several revitalization projects in DuPont's Lab Extrusion Facilities specifying and commissioning new equipment, and is now involved in similar activities in Dow.

Vipul Padman
Berry Global


Vipul Padman, Ph.D. is a Sr. Research Scientist at Clopay Plastic Products in Mason, OH. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Pune University, India in Polymer Engineering and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Polymer Science and Engineering. Currently, he is pursuing an MBA from Indiana University. His research experience covers various aspects of polymer rheology, cast extrusion processing, material selection, formulation design and simulation. While working in the rheology field for more than a decade; he has successfully derived and established several structure-property relationships for a wide range of polymer systems, such as solutions, gels, and colloids. His current focus is largely on understanding polymer melt behavior during extrusion processing. He has successfully established structure-processing relationships of polymer melts and developed models that can predict processing behavior. His expertise includes designing rheological tests and using simulation software to resolve processing issues.


Lou Piffer, Senior Sales Engineer
Davis-Standard LLC


Lou Piffer is a Senior Sales Engineer for Davis-Standard LLC, Converting Systems for the past 28 years.  He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in 1985. Lou is a former TAPPI Division Chairman and Leadership award winner.  He has taught at the extrusion coating course for over 15 years. Lou supports the Extrusion Coating and Cast Film product lines for Davis-Standard.


Christine Ronaghan, Technical Director
Cloeren Incorporated


Christine Ronaghan holds BE and ME degrees in Polymer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology as well as an MBA in Management of Innovation and Technology from Rutgers University.    She spent many years at Davis-Standard LLC responsible primarily for extrusion and screw design for Cast Film and Extrusion Coating.  Chris is currently Technical Director at Cloeren Incorporated, working on feed-block and die design as well as providing extrusion process support industry wide.  She has been involved in various technical organizations, including TAPPI and the Society of Plastics Engineers among others.   Chris has been a speaker in a variety of training classes, and has presented papers in a number of conferences throughout her career.


Ted Schnackertz, OEM Sales Manager

Ted has over 40 years of experience in the process control industry with real-time on-line measurement and control systems in the paper and plastics industry. He has held positions as a field engineer, systems engineer, project manager, applications engineer and currently is the OEM Sales Manager for NDC.  Ted studied electronics engineering at CCNY (New York) and electrical engineering at Lowell Institute of Technology in Lowell, MA.  Ted is a TAPPI member and has instructed in a variety of Short Courses and delivered TAPPI PLACE conference papers since 1998.


Duane Smith, Process Manager, Web Handling & Specialty Winding
Davis-Standard, LLC

Duane Smith is Process Manager, Web Handling & Specialty Winding at Davis-Standard, LLC. Duane has over 45 years of experience, and is widely known throughout the paper, film and nonwoven industries for his technical knowledge on web handling and winding. He has been awarded two patents in winding. Duane has made over 85 technical presentations, and published over 30 articles in major international trade journals and magazines. He is the author of the Winding Chapter of the TAPPI Film Extrusion Manual and is currently working on the Unwinding/Splicing and Winding chapters of the upcoming 5th edition of the TAPPI Extrusion Coating manual. He has been an instructor at 18 TAPPI short courses and has published three books through TAPPI Press. He is the editor of TAPPI Press’ first e-book, The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide. Duane has been active in TAPPI for over thirty five (35) years.   In 2011 Duane was named a TAPPI Fellow by the TAPPI Board of Directors.


Rory Wolf, Business Unit Manager
ITW Pillar Technologies

Rory Wolf is currently the Business Unit Manager for ITW’s Pillar Technologies, Hartland, WI, USA and a recognized industry resource in the field of polymer surface modification. He has 31 years of experience within international positions in the plastics and packaging industries, and specific experience in polymer-based flexible packaging, polymer surface modification systems, and printing industry segments.  Prior to joining Pillar, Rory worked for several companies including Enercon Industries where he championed the growth of plasma treating technologies. He has published 33 technical papers,41 industry articles, and 3 books on the topic of plastic surface modification by atmospheric plasma technology.   Rory is a professional member of TAPPI, SPE, and AIMCAL.