About Flaney Associates & Our Areas of Expertise

Some of our Work

•  Expert Witness
•  Plant Production Problem Solving
•  Productivity Improvement
•  Materials Selection
•  Materials Modification
•  In House Training and Coaching
•  Educational Seminars


•  Advice on Quality Control Methods and Procedures
•  Troubleshooting Quality Problems
•  Bring New Products to Market
•  Compounding
•  Formulating All Forms of Colorants
•  Extrusion and Injection molding
•  Test data acquisition, interpretation and analysis


Professor Joshua U. Otaigbe
(PhD, CEng, FIMMM, CSci, FAEng, FSPE)

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 full 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 150 archival 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), the Polymer Materials Engineering (IMP CNRS UMR 5223) at the French Engineering Universities, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) and Claude Bernard University of Lyon, and the Jean Monnet University in France. Held invited visiting professorships in a number of international institutions including the Institute of Polymers in ETHZ in Switzerland and elsewhere.

Professional Honors & Awards

U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award

The Cooper Distinguished Lectureship Award by Glass and Optical Materials Division of American Ceramic Society 

Jefferson Science Fellow Award by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (U.K.).

Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers

Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering

Registered Chartered (Professional) Engineer

Registered Chartered Scientist (UK)

Tocqueville-Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor in Engineering, University of Lyon, France.

Visiting Professor (invited), Department of Materials , Institute for Polymers Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), Zürich, Switzerland

Visiting Professor (invited), Université Jean Monnet, Faculté de Sciences et Techniques, Rheology & Polymer Materials Engineering, Saint Etienne, France

Visiting Professor (invited), INSA de Lyon, Polymer Materials Engineering, LMM, UMR CNRS 5223, 69621 Lyon, France (on sabbatical leave), 2009–2010

Best Paper Award, 12th Annual Rio Grande Regional Symposium on Advanced Materials, 2000.

Best Paper-Polyolefins Award, Society of Plastics Engineers-ANTEC’97

Selected as an Honored Member in Who’s Who of American Inventors, 1998-1999

Elected to the Board of Directors, Society of Plastics Engineers-EPSDIV

Iowa State University, College of Engineering Patent Recognition Award for United States Patent # 6,171,4333, 2001


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