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Presenter Biographies for Two-Hour Educational Classes
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Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE
Matthew Chynoweth is a Deputy Metro Region Engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Matt has been with MDOT for 12 years, recently completing the Zilwaukee bridge bearing replacement project, after two years of design and two years of construction. He has worked as the Engineer of Bridge Field Services, responsible for bridge construction, maintenance, fabrication, inspection and emergency response. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a master's degree in structural engineering from Wayne State University. Matt is an adjunct professor teaching structural engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, serving on the Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, and the American Segmental Bridge Institute.
Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD
Thomas Doran has worked on water projects in the U.S., Latin America, and Canada for 40 years. The majority of his professional work has been connected with water and wastewater treatment and the management of water resources. Mr. Doran has two civil engineering degrees from Purdue University and has been a principal of several engineering firms, including Hubbell, Roth & Clark. He has had hundreds of articles and letters published in local and national publications on a broad range of subjects. Mr. Doran has been a university professor and is also an author of two mystery novels.
Bill Gaines is a Principal Engineer with Ford Motor Company, Environmental Quality Office, in Dearborn, Michigan. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and has over 35 years of experience in industrial process control and wastewater facilities operation. Bill has published over 30 papers on water and wastewater treatment. He is responsible for the design, construction, and launch of Fords' wastewater facilities worldwide and has designed or modified over 50 WWTPs at a cost in excess of $130,000,000.
Jeremy L. Hargis, PE
Jeremy Hargis is Head of Intellectual Property at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc. He has experience in patent drafting and prosecution, negotiating intellectual property provisions in contracts and IP licenses, managing and settling IP lawsuits, and is an expert patent and prior-art searcher.
Mr. Hargis earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, and a law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He is a licensed professional engineer, a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has both private practice and in-house counsel experience.
Dann Holmes is a Business Development Manager at NSF International in Ann Arbor, MI focusing on two new NSF water programs including Building Water Health and Cooling Towers. Previously he worked as a Business Development Manager in Plastics R&D and as a Business Unit Manager in the Water Divisions' Mechanical Plumbing Program. Prior to NSF, he spent nearly 11 years as District Manager for Viega, LLC. He has been involved in the plumbing and mechanical industry since 1987. He is the Affiliate Liaison in ASPE Region 2 and writes monthly newsletter articles for publication by Region 2 Chapters. He also holds a Director position on the ASPE Eastern Michigan Chapter Board and the role of Vice President on the ASSE Michigan Chapter Board. In addition, he is a member of ASHRAE, ASHE, The Engineering Society of Detroit, and World Plumbing Council. He is involved in the Code Study and Development Group of Southeastern Michigan, a group of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to review proposed code changes. He regularly presents CEU classes to plumbing and mechanical inspectors, engineers as well as plumbing and mechanical professionals.
Don Price, PhD, PE
Dr. Price leads the United States Technical Advisory Group for ISO Automotive Electrical Specifications. In this role, he oversees the US effort to globally standardize automotive specifications for electronic hardware (wire, fuses and connectors, electronic modules, etc.), automotive functional safety, and automotive cyber security.
Dr. Price has worked in various technical and management positions in various industries. He has worked at IBM Microelectronics, United Technologies Automotive, Lear Corp., and Ford Motor Company. He recently retired from Ford now leads the EWCAP group at USCAR, a collaborative research and development company owned by Ford, GM, and FCA. He is the author of several technical papers and holds six US patents. He has a Ph.D. in Advanced Technology from Binghamton University and BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Pranab Saha, PhD, PE, INCE Bd Cert, FESD
Dr. Saha is the Co-Founder and Principal Consultant of Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc., an independent professional engineering and consulting company in acoustics, noise and vibration control. He has over 30 years of experience in automotive acoustics and is responsible for overseeing all activities related to automotive and product noise and vibration issues.
Dr. Saha is a well-known authority on automotive noise and body interior systems. He has directed and participated in numerous national and international advanced noise control engineering programs for OEM companies and their suppliers. He has published and presented numerous technical papers and regularly teaches seminars geared towards designers, scientists, engineers and manufacturers.
Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE
Dinesh Seksaria is a consultant specializing in light weighting of mechanical/structural components and systems. He is a licensed PE and mechanical engineer with over 50 years of related industry experience. His expertise is in mechanical design and material sciences. After earning an MSE from the University of Michigan, Dinesh spent his career in industry reducing vehicle and component's weight while developing these systems/subsystems. He has practiced design, analysis and testing and has earned more than 35 U.S. and international patents, as well as published and presented more than 15 technical papers in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked on various research and development activities related to materials and for mechanical/ structural subsystems of vehicles from airplanes to construction cranes, military vehicles, cars and commercial and industrial trucks.
Andrew Ward is the Senior Technical Reviewer for the Building Water Health program at NSF International. His responsibilities include new standard development, client training, and creating audit programs for water systems. Previously, he was the technical reviewer for the recreational water program. Andrew holds a master of science in organic chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Kimball Williams retired as a Technical Fellow from DENSO in 2012 after managing the EMC Test Laboratory for eight years. Previously he spent three years with Underwriters Laboratories and 26 years with the Eaton Engineering and Research center where he helped pioneer automotive EMC testing.
He is an IEEE Senior Life Member and Past Chair of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section. He is also an Honored Member of the IEEE EMC Society where he serves as one of the Past Presidents Emeritus and the current Director of Professional Activities. Mr. Williams is an iNARTE certified EMC and a certified Master EMC Design Engineer.
Allison Yee is the Senior Account Manager for the New Water Programs. She has been with NSF International for four years, working previously with NSF/ANSI Standard 61 and the portfolio of Plastics' performance standards. Allison received a bachelor's degree in environmental science and a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan. She focused her academic studies on environmental quality and health in both laboratory and field research settings. Ms. Yee has a passion for global health, informal education, and all things public health.