PRINCIPAL PARTNER’S CURRICULUM VITAE
Flaney Associates LLC
167 Monarch Blvd, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Experienced project leader and engineer at Corning, Inc. and professor & group leader College of Engineering at Iowa State. Presently a consultant/expert witness and a Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi. Technical expertise in applied chemistry, materials science & engineering, and chemical engineering. Author of over 100 technical journal publications. Author of 6 U.S. and 1 European patents. Held academic and research positions at the University of Manchester in England, University of Alberta in Canada, and at the University of Benin in Nigeria. Initiated international research collaboration with scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg and more recently with scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). Held a visiting professorships at the Institute of Polymers in ETHZ in Switzerland and elsewhere.
Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Manchester (UMIST), England, 1984.
Professional Engineering Registration
C. Eng., Registered Chartered Engineer U.K. (member #554964)
1. Principal Partner, Consultant and expert witness, Flaney Associates LLC., 1996-present Technical consultant to polymer materials and chemical companies and national laboratories. Expert witness on patent infringement and process/product liability cases with law firms.
2. Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi, 2002-present. Responsible for Teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses in polymer processing, rheology and product design. Technical writing and oral communication.
3. Leader of the polymer engineering and composites research group, University of Southern Mississippi, 2002-present. Supervising a group of students and research associates working on a number of research projects that blends chemical engineering with materials structure and property principles to understand and improve processes for advanced materials. Actively involved in university/industry partnerships to solve industrially relevant problems that are often at the boundaries between established disciplines or in areas combining many disciplines that may ultimately lead to discovery. Empowering young scientists & engineers to develop the discipline to continue learning, and encouraging them to take creativity excursions outside the imagined constraints of their specialized areas that may ultimately lead to exciting opportunities for the future.