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Seminar Chairman:  Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy
Mike is a Senior Energy Engineer on  Advanced Energy's Energy Engineering team and focuses on process heating and energy efficiency in manufacturing plants.  He has significant experience in the manufacturing industry serving in various roles as design engineer, production manager, plant engineer, and facilities engineer over the past 27 years.  He has extensive experience with heat treating, induction hardening, brazing, die casting, plastic injection molding, machining, and all types of plant facility and infrastructure systems.  Mike works with utilities, process heating equipment vendors, and manufacturing plants to find the best technical and energy efficient solutions for industrial processes.  He has several professional certification and is an active member of several industry societies.  Mike has a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology attended U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School and Submarine Officer Training. 

Seminar Presenters:
Souheil Benzerrouk, Warner Power
Souheil is the Vice President of Engineering and CTO at Warner Power LLC.  Prior to his current position, he co-founded two successful technology companies and served as the Engineering Manager with the Advanced Technology Group of MKS Instruments.  Souheil holds eleven issued and pending patents and has ten publications in the areas of power delivery and control, plasma reactors, and non-destructive evaluations.  He also holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

B.J. Bernard, Surface Combustion

Glenn Blaker, PSC, Inc. (C.A. Litzler)
Glenn is the technical director at PSC Inc.  They manufacture high power radio frequency heating and drying equipment.  He has a degree in physics from UBC and over 25 years experience with high power RF systems from particle accelerators to food processing to industrial heating and drying.

George Burnet, SMS Elotherm North America
George Burnet serves as a Sr. Sales and Applications Executive for SMS Elotherm, a provider of induction heating and heat treating equipment headquartered in Remscheid,Germany. He has bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and applied German, and master's degrees in systems engineering and secondary education (math, physics, and German). George has over 25 years of experience in process and product engineering and
business development with Deere, Alcoa, IMS Measuring Systems, AGR International, Aerotech, and SMS. He welcomes you to connect via LinkedIn.

Bernie Fredrick, Sandvik Wire and Heating Technologies
Bernie has been involved in the furnace industry for more than 30 years in a variety of management positions in manufacturing and sales for companies such as Lindberg, Tempress and MRL Industries, serving the Semiconductor, Solar, Industrial Heat Treatment, Automotive and Energy markets.  During his career he has supported the industry with the application of electrically resistive elements, high temperature insulation and custom designed solutions for challenging process applications.  He currently serves as the NAFTA Sales Manager for Sandvik Wire and Heating Technologies.

Charlie Fink, Inductotherm
Charlie is the Vice President of Sales, North America at Inductotherm Corp.  He has been with Inductotherm since 1963 and began manufacturing building furnaces and power supplies and then installing and maintaining the induction melting and heating equipment. His career moved into sales where he worked with many types and sizes of melt shops, steel mills, foundries and refineries.  He currently works with District Managers all over North America to help customers modernize their facilities.  Charlie is a member of IPMI, AFS, ASIT and many Foundry Group Chapters. He also served on the Inductotherm Corp. Board of Directors.

Mike J. Idacavage, PL Industries
Dr. Mike Idacavage received his B.S. in Chemistry from Drexel Univsersity and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.  Mike served as President of RadTech North America in 2009-10.  He is currently the Vice President of Business Development with a focus on industrial coatings, 3D printing resins and adhesives for PL Industries, a division of Esstech Inc.  Mike is also an adjunct assoc. professor at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY teaching courses in UV and EB curing technology.

Ed McGhee, Nordson Corporation
Ed has been with Nordson Corporation since 1980 and has held various positions in engineering, sales and marketing.  He has now been involved in the UV business group for the past 12 years and is responsible for sales of Nordson’s industrial UV curing systems for North America.  
Previous to his most recent assignment he was the Global Product Line Manager with the Product Assembly Group of Nordson as well as the Business Development Manager for the Pacific South Division that covered all of Asia, South America and Latin America.

Art Moslow, Sandvik Wire and Heating Technologies
Art has been in the furnace industry for more than 10 years in a variety of technical positions in engineering and sales for Kanthal and Sandvik serving the Semiconductor, Solar, Industrial Heat Treatment, Automotive and Energy markets.  He has provided applications engineering support with electrically resistive heating elements and high temperature insulation to assist customers in optimizing the performance of their heating systems and furnaces in applications ranging from 50 degrees C to 1850 degrees C.  His engineering efforts are focused on designing performance improvements for customers by maximizing equipment efficiencies, equipment uptime and production yields while reducing maintenance and spare parts costs.

George Osenga, Thierry Corp.
George is the Director of Operations for Thierry Plasma, a business unit of Thierry Corporation.  He has worked in industry with atmospheric and low pressure plasma in excess of 20 years.  George Osenga has applied this technology in the areas of cleaning, surface activation, etching, deposition, and coating.  He is comfortable applying plasma technology to a variety of manufacturing industries including automotive, aerospace, sporting goods, medical, life sciences, paper, plastics, electrical, electro-optics, textiles, materials, marine, recreational vehicles, semiconductors and disc-drives.  

Roger, Paules, Duke Energy
Mr. Paules has worked for Duke Energy for 39 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He started with Duke in distribution engineering, moved to Industrial Marketing then to corporate in Strategic Marketing Planning and Development. At this point he began work with EPRI's Industrial Program which led to his work developing and then direction the promotion of Electrotechnologies to Industry. EPRI's Center for Material Fabrication created an Infrared initiative in 1994 which later became IRED, a subcommittee of IHEA. 

Wayne Pettyjohn
, Georgia Power
Wayne has been in the electric utility industry for 34 years with the last 26 years working with industrial accounts, providing assistance with manufacturing processes and energy efficiency.  He is the facility manager for Georgia Power's customer Resource Center.  Wayne studied Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor and Certified Green Building Engineer.

John PodachFostoria Process Equipment, division of TPI Corp.
John is the Southeast Sales Manager of Fostoria Process Equipment, a Division of TPI Corp. in Johnson City, TN. He has worked at Fostoria since 1976 in assembly, lab management, R&D and sales manager of custom engineered infrared and hot air ovens and material handling systems.

Perry Stephens, Duke Energy








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