Joe Chuang, Ph.D. '72
Founder and President of Delta Fine Chemicals Inc.
Joe Chuang is the Founder and President of Delta Fine Chemicals Inc. in California. Delta Fine Chemicals manufactures a hormone additive drug made from a hybrid yam that is grown in the mountains outside of Shanghai. He earned his BS in Taiwan, and MS at Univ. of FLA. in Gainesville. After his PhD with University at Buffalo School of Engineering, he went to the Max Planck Institute in Dusseldorf, Germany. He joined Armco Steel Co. a few years later in metallurgical engineering. Joe also has a passion for wine and has his own winery in China.
Mike Dray, B.S. '04
Process Engineer at Praxair, Inc.
My engineering education at UB was a fantastic experience. I decided to attend a large school to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities found there, and once the classes in my major started, I had the best of both worlds — a large school with many diverse activities and a small "school within a school" where it was easy to interact with teachers. My professors were friendly and approachable, and I enjoyed meeting them at social activities such as bowling with the department chair. They knew me and showed a genuine interest in helping me succeed.
The classes in UB Engineering gave me both a theoretical background and a practical knowledge base that I use to solve problems in my everyday work at Praxair, where I am a process engineer in the hydrogen production group. The preparation my engineering education gave me was more than enough to succeed and, so far, excel in industry.
Tom Lynch, B.S. '76
Senior Vice President at BVCPS
Tom is the Senior Vice President, American Region for Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services. BVCPS, formerly ACTS Testing Labs in Amherst, NY, is a leading quality assurance provider for global consumer product and retail markets with expertise in testing, consulting, training inspection, auditing, and social accountability. BVCPS offers its services through 63 offices and laboratories in 41 countries with 6,500 employees. Through the strategic use of quality assurance services, from design stage to distribution, BVCPS offer clients the ability to lower costs by effectively monitoring the outcomes and performance of products while assuring regulatory compliance. As a third-party laboratory, it is committed to developing strong partnerships with clients and to offering integrated account management to provide one-stop shopping for all client's quality assurance needs. Prior to joining BVCPS, Tom worked for Corning, Inc. in business management, plant management, and engineering; he also worked for Fisher Price in various manufacturing and engineering positions.
Chuck Rader, Ph.D. '74
Chief Executive Officer at IsleChem
Dr. Rader is the Chief Executive Officer at IsleChem. IsleChem's scope of work includes contract research and development, analytical services, sales and marketing in the United States for foreign companies, manufacturing of small-scale chemicals and scale-up work on ideas that start in a lab.
Prior to building IsleChem with two other partners, Rader was the senior vice president in research and development at Occidental Chemical Corp. He began his career in 1974 and progressed through the company. Rader has authored a number of technical papers and patents.
Jim Smist, B.S. '80
Founder and co-President of Dean & Company
Jim is the Founder and one of four Presidents of Dean & Company in Vienna, VA. Dean & Company is a strategy consulting and investing firm that employs a combination of skills and methodology to achieve significant bottom-line improvements. Jim also holds a degree from the Harvard Business School. Although his current position does not directly involve his chemical engineering degree, he says it has provided him a strong background for the analytical work he does now. Prior to his position at Dean & Company he was a product manager with Proctor & Gamble. The company has a wide range of customers that it provides consulting services for including: 3 of the top ten US banks, 1 of the top five global pharmaceutical firms, 1 of the top 3 global telecommunications companies, 1 of the top 3 US insurance providers, 1 of the top 3 hotel/casino/resort companies, 2 of the top 5 US energy companies, 1 of the top 5 packaging firms and 1 of the top 10 US cable companies.
Durgesh S. Vaidya, Ph.D. '97
Senior Manager for Research & Development at OFS
Dr. Durgesh S. Vaidya is Senior Manager for Research & Development responsible for optical fiber and connectivity innovation at OFS. He reports to the Senior Vice-President of Telecom on product development, technology strategy, and business development. Prior to this appointment, he served as Fiber Draw Manager, and Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies.
At Bell Labs and now OFS, he has led numerous product and process development projects. These comprise the design and commercialization of novel type of glass optical fibers and connectivity solutions that enable very high data transmission rates as well as polymer coatings that provide easy handling of optical cables. For the latter, he received the OFS Recognition Award in 2004. His technical contributions in the area of fabrication methods, waveguide characterization, and transmission reliability have been published and presented in fiber optic conferences internationally.
He is a member of Optical Society of America and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality.