>Meet Our Staff

Grant Proulx, Ph.D.

Dr. Grant Proulx has more than 22 years of industrial chemistry experience, having worked with DuPont, Great Lakes Chemical and Celanese. His areas of expertise include experimental design and discovery/development of new materials and processes, including scale-up. Dr. Proulx was most recently an R&D/Scale-up Group Leader in the Houston, Texas area. At MATRIC he provides [...]

Scott White

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. Scott White INSTRUMENT ELECTRICIAN Scott White [...]

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 [...]

Michael Y. Nehme

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. Michael Y. Nehme SENIOR LABORATORY [...]

Jeremy P. Lucas

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 [...]

Quinton M. Johnson

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

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. P. David Fisher [...]

Francisco G. Cuadra

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. Francisco G. Cuadra SENIOR LABORATORY TECHNICIAN [...]

Gary E. Bishop

Gary Bishop joined MATRIC in 2012 to manage classification, shipping and compliance regulations for chemicals used and produced in MATRIC research and pilot plant projects. During a 30+ year career with Union Carbide/Dow he held positions of increasing responsibility including Shipping and Receiving Team Leader, Site DOT Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator for Corporate R&D. In [...]