October 2012

People in the News

Precision Valve Corp.
announced that Doug Hind has been named President and CEO. Hind brings twenty years of experience in the packaging industry, including ten years at Rexam Plc; and most recently serving seven years as COO of Lindal Group.

John Abplanalp, Chairman of Precision, said, “I could not be more proud or excited to have Doug succeed me as CEO. Having competed against Doug for a number of years, I know the respect he commands in our industry. I am delighted to now have him leading the Precision team.”

In addition, Precision announced that David Evans was promoted to COO, replacing Curt Solsvig. Evans has nearly twenty years’ experience in operations management, and previously served as Director of Operations for Precision.

ThompsonThe Abplanalp Sanders Memorial Fellowship
has announced Drew Thompson as the new Fellow for 2012-2013. Thompson, from North Dakota, was employed as an undergraduate research assistant, investigating aerosols focusing in micro-capillaries via numerical methods and highmagnification shadowgraphy while studying for his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University. He then went to the University of Minnesota (UM) for his graduate studies, where he joined the Particle Technology Laboratory in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. His advisor is Dr. David Y.H. Pui who was also the advisor for the previous Abplanalp Sanders Fellow, Tsz Yan Ling during 2010-2011.

Thompson’s research will provide the knowledge to evaluate the effectiveness and performance aerosol products. This work will be performed in the state-of-the-art Particle Collection Chamber recently purchased by the College of Science & Engineering at UM. In his previous work at the Particle Technology Laboratory, he researched “bad aerosols” (fugitive engineered nanoparticles in workplaces), and for his PhD he will research the generation, delivery and characterization of “good aerosols,” used in pharmaceutical applications.

He has presented his research at the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
and the AlChemE conferences as well as participating in webinars and preparing articles
for publication.