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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 Adhesives
Jesús is WACKER POLYMERS’ sales manager for the Andean region. He joined WACKER in 2015 after working for Esenttia as senior R&D engineer for polypropylene. Jesús is a chemical engineer and holds an MS degree (specializing in polymers). He is currently responsible for WACKER POLYMERS’ sales and market development in the construction, adhesives and coatings industries in Colombia and Ecuador.
Gerardo is a chemical engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (with Bioengineering as a focus). He has more than 7 years’ chemical-industry experience of technical sales for industrial applications, personal care, the household sector and now construction. He joined WACKER in 2015 as sales manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Gerardo provides support to construction customers in the following markets: paints, coatings, maintenance and general construction. Also, he has participated as a speaker for associations such as Mexico’s ANAFAPYT (representing paint and printing ink manufacturers), where WACKER has a presence.
Frank Dai joined WACKER in 2018 as a senior technical engineer, responsible for the technical application of HDK® pyrogenic silica products in Eastern China. He has been engaged in R&D relating to HDK product application in coatings, adhesives and composites.
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. Hardy Herold
Dr. Hardy Herold studied Chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen (Germany), and obtained a doctorate in the field of geophysics. After spending two years at KWU (Siemens subsidiary), he started at WACKER POLYMERS in October 1989, working in Technical Marketing, where he supported customers around the world. During this period, he spent substantial periods abroad, including as technical center head in both Moscow (Russia) and Allentown (USA). Since November 2021, Dr. Herold has been a trainer at WACKER ACADEMY Europe.
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.
Malik Jamal Jaffar Ali
Malik holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore and had co-authored several patents. He joined WACKER in 2011 and is currently heading its Technical Centers in Southeast Asia. He is a frequent speaker at symposiums and seminars related to his area of expertise on the advantages of polymer modified drymix mortar applications.
Dr. Marion Killat
Dr. Marion Killat studied and received her doctorate in chemistry at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Following a post-doctoral stay in the USA, she started her career at WACKER in research and development at WACKER POLYMERS. Shortly after the founding of WACKER ACADEMY, she became a member of the trainer team with a focus on various products and applications of the POLYMERS division. In 2020, she took over the management of WACKER ACADEMY Europe.
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.
Woo-Jae Lee joined AD/TS team of industrial coating polymers team of Wacker Chemicals Korea of 2012. He had a master degree of organic systhesis and experenced various waterbone dispersion on his 15 years. Currently he taking care of NEA/SEA/ANZ technical manager for adhesive / Carpet & Paper.
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.
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.
Dr. Ingmar Piglosiewicz
Dr. Ingmar Piglosiewicz worked after his PhD thesis as JSPS Research Fellow on Porous Coordination Polymers at Kyoto University Japan. After his work as technical service manager for special solvents and gas absorption fluids at Clariant Produkte GmbH, he began work as technical service manager for fumed silica with focus on adhesives and imaging systems at Wacker Chemie AG. Since 2011, he has been member of the WACKER ACADEMY training team.
Jayne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Mapua Insitute of Technology in Philippines. With years of experience in architectural and industrial coating in Philippines and Singapore, she joined WACKER in 2016 and is responsible for the technical service support in Singapore, Philippines and Myanmar.
Florentino started at WACKER in 2019, joining the Consumer & Industrial Polymers business unit as a lab chemist for the Middle Americas. Florentino obtained his Chemical Engineering degree from the Metropolitan Autonomous University and has 7 years’ chemical-industry experience in R&D, developing paints, inks and adhesives. Today, he oversees the development and implementation of production processes. He is also responsible for providing technical support to WACKER’s customers in the coatings, adhesives and solid resin markets of the Middle Americas region.
Angelita has over 17 years’ experience in coatings and adhesives technologies, working as analytical and R&D chemist. She started working for WACKER in 2014, as a Technical Manager for dispersion polymers and special resins in Latin America region. Angelita has bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry by Universidade Luterana do Brasil (ULBRA) and master’s degree in Chemistry at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in which she has studied smart coatings and advanced techniques in anticorrosion coatings. She is currently taking her MBA in Business Administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
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.
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).
Georgy Syaduk graduated from Moscow State University, Chemistry department. He joined WACKER’s Construction Silicones business unit in May 2009 as a technical manager. He is responsible for laboratory trials, training, seminars and technical support for customers in Russia and CIS countries. Since May 2011, he is responsible for training facilities as head of the WACKER ACADEMY in Moscow.
Alex holds a Master Degree in Polymer Science and Technology from Loughborough University in UK. He join WACKER in 2012 and is responsible for the technical service support in Malaysia and Thailand.
George is the Technical Service Manager for Wacker Chemical Corporation’s Construction Polymers Business Unit – Americas. George has been with WACKER since September 2009 and has more than 38 years of experience in the construction chemicals industry. George manages a Team of Chemists and Technicians in the Allentown facility responsible for the technical support of WACKER POLYMERS customers throughout North America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from the University of Vermont. He came to WACKER from BASF where he was the Group Leader for Cementitious Products & EIFS. Previously, he was the R&D Manager for Harris Specialty Chemicals/Thoro Systems.
Ilse joined WACKER in 2019 as a sales manager in the Consumer & Industrial Polymers business unit. Her responsibilities cover Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Her primary focus is on the adhesives and coatings markets. Ilse has 10 years’ technical and commercial experience of developing industrial and architectural coatings. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Nacional Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Juan Wang is the product supervisor for Construction Polymers at WACKER’s Nanjing factory, where she is in charge of quality supervision of polymer powders. She is also the laboratory supervisor for Construction Polymers at WACKER’s Shanghai technical center, where she is in charge of lab management. She obtained a master’s degree in Material Science from Tongji University in 2006, her main field is high-performance cement-based materials. She has held her position at WACKER Construction Polymers in Shanghai since 2016.
Laura holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Material Science and Technology from ECUST (East China University of Science and Technology). She is a technical engineer at the WACKER Shanghai technical center, in charge of technical service and support for engineering silicones for general industry. She joined WACKER in 2013 and is responsible for promotion and technical support of engineering silicone products in China.