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The WACKER ACADEMY Team of Instructors
Theoretical expertise and practical experience are the cornerstones of the WACKER ACADEMY team. With backgrounds in sales or technology, our experts come to the table with extensive application knowledge. They are also trained instructors and moderators with a sixth sense for current trends and market developments.
Instructors for Industrial Coatings
Dr. Daniel Calimente
After working with PPG Industries and BASF Corporation, Dr. Daniel Calimente joined WACKER in 2011 as a Technical Manager. He is currently the Technical Marketing Manager for Industrial Coatings and Plastics. He has also been involved in other market segments such as Oil & Gas. Daniel attended Wayne State University where he received his PhD in Organic Chemistry and also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Jörg Heinlein
Dr. Jörg Heinlein began work as technical service manager for effect pigments based on liquid crystalline polymers after his studies. Later on he was responsible for market development for optical film applications with liquid crystalline polymers. In 2011, he conducted as technical service manager for HDK fumed silica with focus on coatings and composites first trainings for WACKER SILICONES distribution partners. Since then, he has been part of the WACKER ACADEMY training team.
Dr. Dieter Heldmann
Dr. Dieter Heldmann studied at the University of Regensburg, earning a doctorate in organic chemistry. Following a postdoctoral period at ETH Zurich, he started his career at WACKER’s Corporate Research & Development department. Since 2006, as senior technical manager, he has supervised the use of silicone products in industrial-coating applications, in particular binders for heat-resistant coatings.
Dr. Yu-Chin Li
Dr. Yu-Chin (Angel) Li has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University as well as both a BS in Chemistry and MS in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. After working for 3 years as a Research Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, she worked at Preferred Sand as a Research Scientist and then an R&D Manager. Angel joined WACKER in 2019 and is currently the Technical Manager in the Fumed Silica Business Team responsible for technical support of fumed silica and leading the Applications Laboratory in Charleston, TN.
Peer Mohammed holds a Master Degree in Chemistry from American College in India and worked as Technical Manager for Construction Silicones across the MEA region. He has more than 20 years of diversified experience in R&D, Product Development, Technical Service in Paint & Coating Industry.
Kunjankumar Shah holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Sciences degree from Mumbai University in India. He started his career in the paints industry in 2007 and previously worked with Asian Paints in India and Jotun Paints in Dubai. Areas of specialization include architectural coatings, protective coatings and intumescent coatings.