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.
Chemical Industry Instructors
Cheryl Fan is a senior technical manager at the WACKER Shanghai technical center and is in charge of technical service and support for HDK® fumed silica for Asia Pacific. She has been involved in sealants and adhesives, as well as in coatings research and development activities and product applications. Cheryl Fan joined the Shanghai center in July 2013.
Josef Gong is a China technical manager at WACKER Shanghai technical center. He is mainly responsible for promotion and technical support of VAE dispersions for industrial and chemical consumer goods in China.
Dr. Linrong Gu
Lingrong (Linna) joined WACKER right after completing a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Clemson University in South Carolina. She is the Technical Manager for the Pulp and Industrial defoamers Business Team SPI responsible for developing new defoaming and antifoaming products to various industries. Linna also has a MS in Polymers Chemistry and Physics and a BS in Chemistry from Zhejiang University in China.
Adolf Himpsl started his career at WACKER in R&D for organic intermediates. Following a transfer to technical support at Construction Polymers, he was involved in setting up, equipping and supporting the first global technical centers in São Paulo and Singapore in 1998. Since then, he has implemented numerous training programs, both internal and external, and is a co-founder of the WACKER ACADEMY.
Surabhi Jain joined WACKER in 2020 as Manager Technical Services for Mumbai Technical Center. She holds a M.Tech. degree in Polymer Science & Technology from Indian Institute of Technology- IIT Delhi. She has about 12 years of experience in construction chemicals and applications. She supports for training customers in applications for Plaster, Skimcoat and Waterproofing membrane.
Dr. Marion Killat
Dr. Marion Killat studied at the University of Kaiserslautern, earning a doctorate in chemistry. Following a post-doctoral stay in the USA,she started her career at WACKER in 2000, joining the R&D department of WACKER POLYMERS. Since 2006, she has been a member of the WACKER ACADEMY training team, for diverse WACKER POLYMERS applications.
Michael Killermann joined WACKER in 1992 in the analytical department. From 1996 to 2008, he worked as a lab technician in the Building & Coatings business team, where he was in charge of technical distributor support for industrial coatings. He was recruited to the WACKER ACADEMY training team as a practical instructor in May 2008.
Danis Liu joined WACKER in 2014 as a technical manager at WACKER Shanghai technical center. He is in charge of technical service and support for Industrial coating, Plastic, Pulp and Industry Defoaming and Chemical Industrial products in China, as well as developing new silicone applications in these fields.
Guillermo is the sales manager for Mexico at the Performance Materials business unit. He has had two periods of employment at WACKER, initially from 1988 to 1992 and then from 2000. He has more than 36 years’ experience of the chemical industry, mainly with epoxy resins, polyurethanes, plastisol and release agents based on silicone fluids. At WACKER, Guillermo has been responsible for elastomers, pyrogenic silica, sealants, silanes and fluids, plastics, textiles, defoamers and industrial coating resins. Earlier, he worked for Hysol de Mexico, a company focused on epoxy resin compounds. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Farah Shahin joined WACKER in 2019 as Assistant Manager of Technical Services for the Bengaluru Technical Center. She has been involved in training customers in applications for cementitious tile adhesives. She holds a B.Tech. in Polymer Science & Technology from Kolkata University.
Lida joined WACKER in 2012 as sales manager for the Andean region. During the last 8 years, she has gained extensive experience of silicones business, including construction, plastics, textiles, personal care and the pharma sector. Since 2019, she has overseen Performance Silicones activities and the pyrogenic silica business. Lida has 20 years’ experience, including in management and commercial fields. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Colombia, a master’s in International Business from Javeriana University and a degree in Top Management from Los Andes University in Colombia.
Moghul Sirajuddin has been working at WACKER as an Assistant Technical Service Manager in the Mumbai technical center since 2019. He is responsible for technical services, customer training and application development. He is a civil engineering graduate with a Masters by Research in Construction Materials from the Institute of Indian Technology (IIT) Madras (Chennai).