Category Archives: Staff

Pratik Pednekar, Ph.D.


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 …

David M. Simon

Senior Chemical Engineer

Dave Simon joined MATRIC in 2013 to assist in plant assessment and process improvement activities for customers across the globe. He worked for 30+ years in various chemical engineering positions for Union Carbide and Dow Chemical. His experience was related to manufacturing, ranging from being directly responsible for day-to-day operations, to management of large manufacturing complexes, …

William D. Prince

Senior Chemical Engineer

Bill Prince brings 30+ years’ experience in computational fluid dynamics and process separations (including adsorption and ion exchange fundamentals and design, membrane separations, liquid-liquid extraction and liquid-liquid separation). Another area of expertise is combustion technology including flares and oxidizers.


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.

James H. McCain, Jr., Ph.D.

Applied Chemistry Consultant

Jim McCain provides expertise and problem solving for many research projects using applied chemistry. During his 30+ year career, he was the recipient of the DOW Excellence in Science Award and the Union Carbide Chairman’s Award. He is the inventor or co-inventor on 26 US and international patents.


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 …

K. David King

Electrical Engineer

Dave King has 30+ years’ experience supervising electrical and instrument operations primarily for E.I. DuPont and Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. King was heavily involved in plant operations with oversight responsibility for annual equipment evaluations, repairs and upgrades. King joined MATRIC’s pilot plant team in 2012 providing oversight for electrical and instrumentation selection and installation.


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.

Glenn Graham

Senior Chemical Engineer

Glenn Graham has 20+ years’ experience designing and operating pilot plants including process automation in the areas of distillation and liquid-liquid extraction. During his career, he has held a variety of positions and assignments with progressively increasing levels of responsibility. Graham has been affiliated for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Marshall …

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