Yash Khanna, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Khanna is a globally recognized expert in plastics, functional fillers and additives with over 38 years of industry experience. From 2005 through 2009 Dr. Khanna served as a Senior Technology Fellow/Director of Technology for Imerys, a $5 billion leading minerals-based specialty solutions company. From 2001 through 2004 he was a manager of the Reinforced Engineered Thermoplastics division at Rayonier, a $3.6 billion leading international forest products company.
The great majority of Dr. Khanna's professional career was spent at Honeywell (formerly Allied Signal) where, from 1975-2001, he worked in the firm's Corporate Research and Technology Center as a Research Group Leader/Senior Principal Scientist. At Honeywell he also held the position of Business Unit Liaison to the firm's Specialty Films segment and was a key technologist for the Packaging Resins business where he was involved in new product development and marketing for North America and Europe. From 2009-2013 he has was the President of InnoPlast Solutions, a leading consulting firm providing educational conferences, courses, and problem solving services to the plastics industry.
Dr. Khanna received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science & Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Dr. Khanna has authored more than 120 research publications, is listed as an inventor of 25 U.S. patents, and has been awarded the Plastics Engineer's International "Engineering/Technology" Award (2001), the North American Thermal Analysis Society's Fellowship (1998) and the International Mettler Award (1997).
Head of Iron Oxide Business Unit
Mr. Galante serves as the Head of the Iron Oxide Business Unit. Prior to Applied Minerals, Mr. Galante spent 15 years at Lanxess AG, a EUR9.1 billion specialty chemicals company and the world's largest producer of iron oxide pigments. While working in Lanxess' Inorganic Pigments Group, Rogerio held a number of senior level roles including Sales Manager of Inorganic Pigments for Brazil, Director of Logistics, Portfolio Management and Deputy Head of North American Iron Oxide Pigments. His experience at Lanxess covered all aspects of product commercialization and operations. Mr. Galante earned his MBA at the Tepper School of Business and Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da USP (Sao Paolo, Brazil).
Elshad Abdullayev PhD
Senior R&D Manager
Dr. Abdullayev serves as the Senior R&D Manager of Applied Minerals. He has over 7 years of research experience in halloysite clay. He completed his PhD dissertation on physicochemical properties and application areas of halloysite clay at Louisiana Tech University. His works have been published in 14 peer reviewed scientific papers and protected by one patent application.
Mr. Eric Wisnefsky has worked in the Chemical Industry for 15 years. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Galata Chemicals LLC. Prior to this Mr. Wisnefsky served as General Manager of the PVC Additives business of Chemtura Corporation as well as the VP of Strategy and New Business Development at Chemtura. While at Chemtura, he also served as the Treasurer and VP of Corporate Finance. He began his career at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Wisnefsky has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Connecticut and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for three companies within the GenNx360 portfolio.
Mr. Barak has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Crossways Consulting Group since 1993 and has been a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor at Lux Capital Management since 2005. He has significant experience advising U.S. and international companies on business development, marketing strategies, technology assessment, and mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace and technology fields.
Mr. Barak is a member of the Board of Directors of Skyline Software, Arinc Corp., WhiteCanyon Software and Funley's Delicious and special advisor to Siluria Technologies and Kymeta Corp. His many clients have included The Carlyle Group, Boeing, L-3 Communications, ITT, General Dynamics, AAI/Textron, BAE, EDS, DRS, Elbit Systems, Schott, Selex, Ness Technologies, Vought Aircraft, SanDisk, United Defense, Mantech International, NanoSys, MapInfo, Rockwell Collins and Raytheon. Mr. Barak has a M.Sc. in E.E. from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel.
Marketing and Sales Agent
Mr. Volk has over 45 years of marketing, sales, and management experience in the polymer and additive industry. He currently serves as a Marketing and Sales Agent for Applied Minerals as well as consulting on special projects for other leading companies in the polymer supply chain such as Evonik and Nexolve. Throughout Mr Volk's career, he has held key positions at industry leaders such as Soltex (International Sales Manager for Automotive), Total (Polypropylene and Polyethylene National Sales Manager), and Solvay (Fluorine Polymer Sales). Mr. Volk is a graduate of Indiana University.
Ian Wilson BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr. Wilson has a wide experience of over 35 years working with industrial minerals on a global scale and is a recognized expert in halloysite. Dr Wilson is a geologist by training having obtained a degree in Geology from Kingston (University of London External) and MSc (Geochemistry) and PhD from University of Leeds. He worked 28 years for English China Clays/Imerys mainly as a geologist and managed overseas kaolin operations in Brazil and Spain with Project Management roles in start-up Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) operations in Sweden and China. He has therefore been involved in the entire process of exploration, planning and establishment of operations through to production and sales. His experience is mainly with kaolin, halloysite, calcium carbonate, magnesite, talc and barytes though he is also familiar with other industrial minerals such as special clays. From 2001 to present, Dr. Wilson has served as an industry consultant, making professional visits to over 70 countries in his career and publishing an extensive library of papers, including articles for Industrial Minerals Magazine. Dr. Wilson has also been involved in acquisition work on behalf of public and private investors. Dr Wilson was the recipient of the SME Hal Williams Hardinge Award in 2009 in recognition of his services to industrial minerals. Dr. Wilson is considered a “competent person” under the JORC.
Amit Dharia, PhD- Transmit Technology Group, LLC
Consulting Polymer Engineer
Dr. Amit Dharia is a plastics industry expert with over 23 years of direct experience in new product R & D and commercialization. He is a principal owner and founder of Transmit Technology Group (TTG); Irving, TX based IP Company providing contract R & D, technical marketing, and testing services to domestic and international plastics industries. Dr. Dharia worked in new product R & D area for fifteen years with major multi-national resin producers (Basell, Solvay), smart material producer (Raychem/ Tyco), and specialty compounders (Teknor Apex). His work has resulted in 13 issued and 4 pending patents, 23 disclosures of inventions, and 21 conference publications. Since inception of TTG, he has been issued six US patents of which three are assigned. His experience covers wide range of polymer industries, processing and mixing technologies, testing methods, materials and formulating, reactive extrusion, rheology, advanced composites, blends and alloys, nano composites, functionalization of polymers, bio-materials, TPO, TPV, TPEs, and recycling of plastics.