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Our staff is highly educated in technology and have an understanding of business issues. The project leaders have doctorate degrees in Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics, from top schools such as MIT in the US and EPFL and ETH in Switzerland.

In addition to the global nature of their experience and expertise, they draw upon their years in industry and consulting to solve problems. Our worldwide staff have the ability to carry out interviews and various writings in a range of languages from around the world.

President - Dr. Per Baverstam holds a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982, and is an alumnus of McKinsey & Co. Drawing on this experience, as well as subsequent consulting experience, he has developed new and innovative approaches for serving global manufacturing companies. He established Baverstam Associates in 1990 and has developed a large client base for the firm since then. Dr. Baverstam grew up in Sweden. He is bilingual in Swedish and English. He also speaks fluent French and is proficient in German.

Ms. Patricia Astrain has more than 8 years of professional experience globally in a variety of industrial areas, for instance, water treatment, cosmetics, metallurgy and oil and gas. She has worked for different multinational companies in Spain and Germany as well as local SMEs in China. She has held positions in quality control and quality assurance, manufacturing, production management, project management and business consulting. She has been working with Baverstam Associates in market research, technology intelligence and material innovations in various sectors.

Patricia has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the School of Engineering of Bilbao (Spain) and a Masters degree in Refining, Gas and Marketing from the Superior Institute of Energy (ISE, Spain). She is currently based in Shanghai (China) working on both local and international projects. Her language skills include Spanish, German, English, French and Chinese.

Dr. Afarin Bellisario has 20+ years of professional experience including; executive positions at Intel Corp., Analog Devices Inc., BBN/Verizon, Fonix, Booz-Allen and Wang. As Strategic Investment Manager at Intel she accomplished an $18M IP licensing deal for GSM/3G technology, established investment strategy for wireless interactive games, invested in private companies, as well as providing strategic planning for Intel’s new processor family: xScale. At ADI, she led the team to conceive, implement, and successfully market a number of ADI’s mixed signal processor families. She was instrumental in major design wins and managed strategic relationships with firms such as Ericsson, Siemens, Bosch, and Olivetti.

Dr. Bellisario holds a doctorate of science and an MSc in International Business from MIT. She is fluent in French, Farsi (Dari), and Italian. Dr. Bellisario is a member of Board of Governors at Handel & Hayden Society, a major Boston based non profit organization. She has been guest lecturer at a number of events and Institutions including Babson College, Hefei Technical University (People’s republic of China), and Boston University.

Dr. Pierre Charreyron has over 25 years of professional experience in Advanced Materials and Mechanical industries. His areas of technical expertise include: technical ceramics, metal processing, medical implants, robotics, connectors, thermal engineering and automotive painting. He has held managerial positions in R&D, Design & Analysis, New Business Development and Corporate Development. He has also served as senior manager for such companies as Dynacast, AMP, Saint-Gobain and Sames Technologies, developing and managing businesses in USA, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, India and China.

Pierre graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris with a Mechanical Engineering degree and earned a PhD in Materials Processing from Ecole des Mines de Paris. He performed his doctoral thesis research as a visiting fellow at M.I.T. Pierre has lived for 10 years in North America. He is bilingual in French and English. His proficiency in German allows him to work with German teams and he has a good comprehension of Spanish. He is located in France.

Dr. Corinne Dubois received her Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Neuchâtel in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from University Paris XI in 1990. She wrote her thesis on structural metallurgy: the creep behavior of copper alloys. She worked in industry as a development engineer in welding and brazing processes, leveraging her knowledge and background in chemistry and metallurgy. Afterwards she worked as product marketing manager in the dental equipment industry where she has been particularly active in the field of dental prophylaxis. Corinne also earned a (Swiss) Federal Diploma in Marketing in 2005. She is a French native and is also fluent in German and English.

Ms. Judith King has close to 20 years of professional experience. She received her Bachelor of Science from MIT in Materials Science & Engineering in 1988, and has worked for a range of companies in this field since then. She also earned an MBA from Babson College in 1998.

She has been particularly active in the fields of semiconductors and thin films, both from a technology development point of view as well as marketing activities. She also has extensive experience assisting high-tech companies with marketing, product positioning and sales activities.

Ms. King is focusing her activities within Baverstam Associates on client communications and relationships. She is also available to assist in executing projects and to manage specific projects as a project leader. Ms. King was born in the Northeast of the US, but has traveled worldwide and can converse in French.

Dr. Ericka Jao Jules Nordlund has a PhD in manufacturing processes from the engineering school Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers in Paris in 2001. Her thesis focused on innovative curing technologies for thick composite materials.

She has over 10 years of experience in materials (polymers, composites, ceramics), injection molding and simulation techniques as a project leader. Through her experiences with various materials and their processing, she gained strong knowledge in different characterization techniques and rheology. Ericka's industrial experience ranges from the automotive industry to the watchmaking industry, where she recently worked as a project leader in the ceramics group of a luxury Swiss watchmaker based in Geneva. She has enriched her job skills by working in different European countries (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland). Moreover, she participated in numerous exhibitions and international conferences to present her research work and to stay up-to-date with new technologies.

Ericka grew up in Paris and speaks French fluently. She is also fluent in English and Swedish and has a basic understanding of German. She is located outside Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Maithri (Maya) Rao received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1997. Her thesis work focused on the deformation behavior of iron-palladium and other magnetic alloys. She later worked at the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University, which involved close relationships with a number of disk drive manufacturers and other electronic and semiconductor related companies. Dr. Rao has published over a dozen scientific papers. Dr. Rao has been with Baverstam Associates since 1998.

At Baverstam Associates, Dr. Rao’s work has focused on both technology intelligence and market analysis, for components made from advanced materials across several industries including automotive, packaging, manufacturing, energy storage and power generation, chemical, polymers, composites, nanotechnology and more. She has worked on over 40 projects and has earned a strong reputation with Baverstam Associates clients.

Dr. Rao grew up in India and received her undergraduate degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India.

Ms. Ulla Ringblom has more than 20 years of international professional experience in the areas of petroleum processing, bio fuels and food packaging. During her career with industry leaders, such as Shell International and Tetra Pak, she held positions within R&D, project management and business development. She led the application development of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) on polymers for beverage packaging at Tetra Pak.

Ulla has a M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers Institute of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is based in Switzerland and supports Baverstam Associates with international projects. Ulla speaks English, French and Swedish and has working proficiency in German as well as Dutch.

Dr. Frank Ross received his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from MIT and has been with Baverstam Associates since 1997. He has been the Project Leader on more than 60 projects in both market research and technology intelligence services. Frank has worked on a wide range of topics including metal matrix composites, materials for thermal management, battery technology, fuel cells, photonic materials, deposition and coating technology, materials for display technology, polymer composites, ceramic materials, catalysts, glass technology, carbon based materials, adhesives, nanomaterials, etc., which is representative of the breadth of BA's overall activities. He has a particular interest in coatings and deposition process, as his thesis work entailed a special process that was coined "Ion-Induced Chemical Vapor Deposition". He has also conducted a notable number of projects at BA relating to materials for thermal management of electronics.

Frank also has a bachelor's degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science (with Honors and Distinction) from Columbia University. He is half Swedish and grew up in Denmark, and is fluent in both Swedish and Danish. He also speaks some French and has fair comprehension of German.

Mr. Vassos Vamvas has more than 20 years of international professional experience in a broad spectrum of business fields including: Environmental Engineering, Industrial Automation, Construction, Transportation, Finance, Media and Energy. He held executive positions in engineering project management, business development and general management in the United States and Europe. He has been working with Baverstam on technology projects and market analysis for fuel cells, carbon based materials, polymer composites and other materials. He also has extensive experience in alternative energy technology.

Mr. Vamvas completed graduate studies in electrical & computer engineering as well as in industrial engineering & operations research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also completed graduate studies in public administration at Harvard University and MIT, where he was also a researcher at the MIT Energy Lab. His undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering with a major in energy. He is fluent in English and Greek, and working proficiency in Italian.

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