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Jeff Hippler: MATRIC’s Master of Discipline, Control and Patience

Jeff Hippler joined MATRIC in 2014 as a Senior Chemical Engineer, overseeing the execution of various projects in the lab. Before this role, he spent 30 years in the chemical industry working with control systems to simplify his work. These systems watch temperatures, speed and pressures – and automatically adjust accordingly – to ensure that [...]

Rob Nunley: Pilot Plant Manager

When Rob Nunley isn’t working at MATRIC, he’s probably chasing around his teenagers, fly-fishing, woodworking, or working on any of a number of DIY projects around his house. A father of two, Nunley is a pilot plant manager at MATRIC, a role he’s held since 2013. He’s responsible for working with clients to ensure their [...]

MATRIC Unveils Company Video

MATRIC recently unveiled its newest company video. In two minutes, MATRIC President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Hedrick describes the company, its capabilities, its locations and its people. Watch the video today! […]

MATRIC Participates in Renewable Carbon Fiber Project

MATRIC is an R&D partner in a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the goal of producing high-performance carbon fibers from ligno-cellulosic biomass. Carbon fiber (CF) composites are strong, lightweight materials with many applications in the automotive, aircraft, and other industries. An economically viable, efficient production of these materials could have a [...]

The MATRIC Pilot Plant Advantage

The Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) is a non-profit, contract research company that offers, among other things, pilot plant construction and operation as one of our core competencies. Building and operating a pilot plant is the natural step between bench top chemistry and commercial operation. It’s an opportunity to prove out the concept [...]

MATRIC University Attracts Best and Brightest

Pratik Pednekar is a chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate student at West Virginia University (WVU) with a focus on modeling and simulation of key equipment and plants in the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant for condition monitoring and to diagnose faults. With graduation slated for early 2016, he can see the light at the [...]

Can Your Electrician Do This?

When Stephen Portillo graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he wasn’t thinking about becoming an electrician. Fifteen years later, he has a journeyman electrician certification and finds himself working at MATRIC as an electrical and instrument technician. But Portillo isn’t your typical industrial electrician. He helps to build pilot [...]

Brooke Albin: Projects, Patents, People, Parks

When Brooke Albin was growing up in Ridgeley, W.Va., science and math were school subjects that came very naturally to her. Her desire to understand how things work, to investigate problems to see a full picture, and to ultimately problem solve drove her to a career in science and to a nine year tenure at [...]