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Conference Committee Members

Conference Chairs

Neil Fuenmayor
LyondellBasell (Retired)
SPE Detroit Section President
nfuenmayor (at)

Rob Philp
rphilp (at)

Michael Balow
Auxin Consulting
mbalow (at) 

Technical Program Chairs

Dr. Norm Kakarala
SPE Fellow
nkakarala (at)

Michael Balow
Auxin Consulting
mbalow (at)

David Helmer
General Motors
dhelmer (at)

Sponsorship/Exhibit Chairs

Dr. Sassan Tarahomi
Alterra Holdings
starahomi (at)

Martin Popella
(MP)squared LLC

SPE Detroit Section / Conference Coordinator

Karen Rhodes-Parker
SPE Detroit Section

Phone: + ext. 3
karen (at) 

Operations, A/V, and Website Lead

Rob Philp
rphilp (at)

House / Venue Management

Bill Windschief
Advanced Innovation Solutions
bwindscheif (at)


2023 Technical Program Sessions & Co-Chairs

Materials Development Session

  • Catherine Wilson, Ford Motor Company
  • Bin Sun, SABIC
  • Quentin Boll, LyondellBasell

Innovations in Interiors Session

  • Pravin Sitaram, Haartz Corporation
  • Austin Wagenhals, Ford Motor Company
  • Hoa Pham, Sonoco

Process Enabling Technologies

  • Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow
  • Matt Sprouse, Washington Penn Plastic Company

Sustainable Materials and Parts

  • Mark Allen, Dow
  • Murali Reddy, CPK IP
  • Petya Yaneva, SABIC

Polyolefin Elastomers and Vulcanizates

  • Bhavesh Shah, Lion Elastomers
  • Dave Patel, GuruTech Systems, Inc.
  • Nadeem Bokhari, Sumitomo Chemical Group

Performance Additives and Colorants

  • John Mara, Amfine
  • Heejung Kwon, Songwon
  • Jungdu Kim, Songwon

Exterior Trim and Structural Applications

  • Charlie Yang, LyondellBasell
  • Mark Pilette, Magna Exteriors
  • Kevin Degrood, Borealis

Sheet and Thermoforming Applications

  • Paula Balhorn, Highland Plastics
  • James Hansil, Spartan Polymers

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