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FDI's Team

Filtration Dymanics is fortunate to have a team of diverse individuals with talents from many fields of expertise:

  • Melvin W. Cook - Founder, Chairman, CTO
    Melvin has more than 30 years of research, development, and application experience in three disparate disciplines: centrifugation, filters/filtration, and protein/enzyme immobilization. His two prior patents on filtration, separation, and quantitative recovery of protein molecules; subsequently, led to the developmental concept of the net-energy producing Resource Recovery Plant. For this unique process, he has one patent; one patent is pending; and multiple follow-on patents are anticipated. Melvin holds a Pre-Med A.A. degree from Bismarck Junior College, North Dakota.

  • John Eichinger - CEO / Chief Operating Officer
    John has 30 years of upper management experience in operations, technology, marketing and sales with major corporations, such as Tandem Computers, HomeStore.com, Electric Mobility, and start-ups. John attended the United States Naval Academy and Rutgers University.

  • Simon Westbrook - Chief Financial Officer
    Simon brings extensive international private and public company experience in finance, investment and operations over a wide range of industries including three IPOs and three public company M&A transactions. From 2004 to 2009 he was CFO of Public Wireless Inc, a wireless infrastructure company. Prior to this he served as CFO or controller of a number of public companies including Sage Inc, Creative Labs and Atari Corporation. Simon holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University in the UK and is a chartered accountant.

  • Jim Caratozzolo - Technical Director
    Jim has over 35 years of experience with Lockheed Martin in large systems development, delivery and operations. Jim's activities spanned roles from architect and designer to various levels of management. System Engineering, Integration and Test, and Project Planning and Management are specific experiences that are relevant to the FDI effort to go from concept to production. Jim holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Applied Math from Santa Clara University.

  • Shannon McElyea - Business Development
    Shannon contributed to three successful IPO’s and one acquisition; created strategic alliances and generated demand for new products and services. Shannon has more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry with an emphasis on distruptive and enabling technologies. She is a recent graduate of the Presidio Graduate School of Sustainability and completed Stanford’s GSB Executive Business Program.

  • Mina Touma Farag, MSc - Applications Engineer
    Mina is a scientist/engineer, a co-inventor on five patents; and has more than 10 years of experience in catalytic systems and development, nanotechnology, and materials design and processing. Mina holds a masters degree in materials science and engineering from Columbia University, N.Y..

  • Jon G. Pharoah, Ph.D., P.E - CFD Modeling/Technical Advisor
    Jon is an Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Since Jon’s 2002 Thesis and co-inventor on one patent, he has become a foremost authority on Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for fluid filtration in a centrifugal field predicting Coriolis forces. When evaluating design parameters, the application of his CFD Modeling engine has shown an impressive overall agreement (6 % error) between actual experiments and CFD Modeling. Jon holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is a professional engineer licensed in Canada.

  • Edward D. Schultheis, P.E. - Pro-E CAD/Design Engineer
    Edward is a mechanical engineer and manufacturing consultant, holds four patents, has 20 years of experience in project design, development, test, and manufacturing; and is an expert with Pro-E CAD/CAM/CAE software. Edward holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis and is a professional engineer licensed in California.

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