Gareth Hatch, Ph.D.
Dr. Gareth Hatch is Managing Director of Strategic Materials Advisors and was a co-founder of Technology Metals Research, consulting firms operating in the critical-materials sector. He is also a co-founder of Innovation Metals Corp, developers of innovative separation processes for rare-earth elements (REEs), nickel, cobalt, lithium and other metals. He was previously Director of Technology at Dexter Magnetic Technologies and holds five US patents on magnetic devices. Gareth is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and is a Chartered Engineer. He is a member of a NATO strategy team on REE scarcity issues and is a member of the Canadian ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee on standards for REEs. He has a BEng (Hons) in materials science & technology and a PhD in metallurgy & materials, both from the University of Birmingham.
Jinfang Liu, Ph.D.
Dr. Jinfang Liu is currently the President and COO at Electron Energy Corp. (EEC). He received his PhD in physics in 1990 from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Liu also worked at Swift Levick Magnets Limited (UK) and NEOREM Magnets Limited (Finland) before joining Electron Energy Corp. in 1998. He is the co-author of over 250 papers and co-inventor of 12 US issued patents on permanent magnets and magnetic systems.
Philippe J. Masson, Ph.D.
Dr. Philippe Masson has been working in the area of electro-mechanical systems, power application of superconductivity and Multi-Physics modeling since 1999. He is currently the Senior Scientist with AML Superconductivity and Magnetics. From 2012 to May 2018, he served as a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a PI at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston. Dr. Masson was appointed to the Editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity and has been serving as Editor for Large Scale Applications since 2005. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and AIAA and a member of the Cryogenic Society of America. Dr. Masson has published over 40 journal papers and given more than 70 conference presentations in the area of Applied Superconductivity and MultiPhysics Modeling.
Kalathur (Sim) Narasimhan, Ph.D.
Dr. Sim Narasimhan is the vice president of P2PTechnologies, helping corporations to make wise decisions on Powders and Parts. Prior to this he was vice president and CTO from 1990-2014 at Hoeganaes Corp.; the world’s largest producer of iron powder and alloys. Under his leadership Hoeganaes improved powder manufacturing practices and introduced vast number of materials and processes to the PM industry. He is a Fellow of American Society of Metals, Fellow of American Powder Metallurgy Institute, Fellow of Indian Powder Metallurgy Institute Senior Member of I.E.E.E. GKN Engineering Fellow, Albert Sauver award from the Liberty chapter of ASM, Payson-Mathew award in 1980 and 1983 from Crucible Materials Corporation. Delaware Materials Person of the year 2015 from ASM chapter. MPIF Distinguished service to Powder metallurgy award, He was active in various boards of Metal Powder Industry.
John Ormerod, Ph.D.
Dr. John Ormerod is Principal and founder of JOC LLC, which provides a unique combination of business and technical expertise to the Global Magnetics and Metals Industries. John graduated from the University of Manchester, UK with a BSc, MSc, and PhD in metallurgy in 1975, 1976 and 1978 respectively. He has over twenty years of research, product development, and
manufacturing experience in the area of permanent magnets and magnetic materials. He has spent time in Europe working for Philips and in the USA working for SPS Technologies (Arnold Engineering) in their magnetic materials businesses. He serves on the Advisory Board of Bunting Magnetics Company and is Senior Technology Advisor to Magnet Applications, Inc. and Technology Advisor to Niron Magnetics.
Jeffrey Whalen, Ph.D.
Jeffrey is the Director of Magnetics Corporation, part-time Research Faculty member at the National High Magnetic Field Lab and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. He has a passion for the innovation and commercialization of science and over the past 10 years has launched several companies with new technologies ranging from proprietary crystal manufacturing techniques to new artificial intelligence algorithm platforms to customized magnet technology development. His undergraduate course at Florida State University is called Enough To Be Dangerous: STEM Innovation & Commercialization and was developed then launched in 2017 by Jeffrey through his work at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. He has successfully executed research and development projects at the National High Magnetic Field Lab under federal funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Energy and U.S. Dept. of Defense. Jeffrey is committed to enhancing the technology startup ecosystem both in Tallahassee and the state of Florida through his open network of entrepreneurs & innovators, university technology transfer offices, political influencers and private investors.