Category Archives: Meet Our Staff


Scott White

Instrument Electrician

Scott White joined MATRIC in 2016 after nearly 20 years of experience in electronics and instrumentation support at GE Fanuc and AK Steel. He provides support on process control systems, all types of pilot plant and lab automation, and other electrical equipment.


Philip C. Price, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Phil Price has broad R&D experience in the chemical industry, having worked with Union Carbide, Dow Chemical, and Kureha for 38 years. His areas of expertise include analytical chemistry, project management, and technical writing. Dr. Price has interacted with numerous regulatory and government agencies in his work, including many years on Superfund Site investigations. He has numerous …


Pratik Pednekar, Ph.D.

Research Chemical Engineer

Pratik Pednekar joined MATRIC in 2016 after earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University. As a research chemical engineer, Pratik is involved in pilot plant design, commercial scale equipment design and research-based projects. Pratik previously worked with MATRIC through a co-op program in 2015 assisting in the process conceptual design for the commercial scale production …


Stephen Portillo


Stephen Portillo joined MATRIC in 2013 to assist with pilot plant fabrication and general repairs and maintenance, including laboratory hoods, pumps and various electrical equipment. Portillo brings 10+ years in the electrical trade having worked primarily in local chemical plants reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints, schematics and wiring diagrams and installing and trouble- shooting instrumentation installations.


Michael Y. Nehme

Senior Laboratory Technician

Michael Nehme is a senior laboratory technologist with extensive experience in chemical research, development and manufacturing. Nehme has received numerous special recognition including Technologist of the Year for Dow Chemical and is named as co-inventor on five patents. At MATRIC, he participates in both research and pilot plant projects.


Jeremy P. Lucas

Pilot Plant Operations Supervisor

Jeremy Lucas joined MATRIC in 2012 to assist in the design and fabrication of pilot plant equipment and boiler operations. During his 10+ year career, Lucas has participated in the design and documentation of process equipment; implemented quality control and assurance procedures; developed equipment layout and equipment elevation drawings; performed detailed equipment evaluations against factory tolerances; provided …


Quinton M. Johnson

Operations Technician

Quinton Johnson joined MATRIC in 2013 as an operations technician to assist in the fabrication, operations and maintenance of large-scale pilot plants. Johnson is a member of MATRIC’s operational support team charged with installation and fitting of pipes and tubing; installation, operation and maintenance of boilers; and, general building and equipment repairs and maintenance.


P. David Fisher

Operations Technician

Dave Fisher joined MATRIC in 2011 to assist in the fabrication and operation of large pilot scale units. Dave has 20+ years’ experience building and operating pilot plants including maintenance of reactors, pumps, separation columns and instrumentation. He holds a heavy equipment operator certificate and is experienced as a purchasing agent.


Allen L. Dailey

Operations Technician

Allen Dailey joined MATRIC in 2012 to assist in the fabrication and operation of large pilot scale units. Dailey has 30+ years’ experience building and operating pilot plants including maintenance of mechanical equipment, motors, pneumatic tools and conveyor systems. He holds a heavy equipment operator certificate and is experienced in metalworking to manufacture and repair parts.


Francisco G. Cuadra

Laboratory Technician

Paco Cuadra provides 30+ years’ experience in catalyst testing, designing and operating lab scale mini reactors, organo-metallic synthesis and high vacuum distillations. In addition, he has participated in pilot plant design, fabrication, operations and decommissioning, applying relevant safety standards to each activity.

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