Sonia Alreja is the Operations head for VJ X-Ray. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University in 2010. She started her career working in politics for a US Congressman and a lobbying firm focusing on energy production. Since 2014, she has worked in growing the VJX team and customer base. Today with over 50,000 units the field, VJ X-Ray is a global leader in complete x-ray sources and high voltage generators specializing in the security inspection field and food quality.
Dr. Kevin Anderson is Senior Technical Fellow for Brunswick Corporation, Mercury Marine Division, located in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. He is responsible for both materials research and applications across the corporation. Previously, he was leader of aircraft materials and physical metallurgy at Reynolds Aluminum Research. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. He is a fellow of ASM and a member of The U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his work on sustainable aluminum alloy design. He is also inventor of high damage tolerant diecasting alloys that are made from 100% recycled aluminum and are registered with the Aluminum Association. In addition to receiving several important industrial awards, Dr. Anderson holds over 30 United States patents with the vast majority successfully in production. He has taught aluminum metallurgy on an international level since 1999, is a member of the U.S. National Materials and Manufacturing Board, a member of the Aluminum Association Technical Committee on Product Standards and Subcommittee on Alloy and Temper Registration, vice chairman of the peer committee of the materials section of the NAE, and is a member of the Grainger Institute for Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin. He is past chairman of both the Advanced Casting Research Consortium and TMS’ Materials Innovation Committee. Locally, Dr. Anderson is the founding president of the Fond Du Lac STEM Academy and Fond Du Lac STEM Institute, which are public charter schools for students in grades 3-5 and 6-12, respectively.
During Randy Beals’ 25-year career, he has held leadership positions in the automotive and aerospace foundry sectors. For the past seven years, he has worked for Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier dedicated to delivering new mobility solutions and technology. He is part of the global, production development team for Magna Cosma’s two aluminum low-pressure and seven high-pressure vacuum die casting foundries that service multiple, automotive OEM customers. Beals has been awarded 17 US patents and applications and is the author of more than 20 published articles in the field of non-ferrous metallurgy. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Magna Cosma Inspiring Innovator Award for his research in the area of aluminum casting processing.
Jared Burris, P.E. is a Senior Design Engineer at Consolidated Metco, one of the Amsted Industries. He is a patent holder and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. At ConMet, Jared is involved in product development and material research primarily dealing in cast aluminum, ductile and gray iron products. Before joining ConMet, Jared worked for Boeing and Daimler in product development and product validation. He and his wife, Cristy, currently reside in Vancouver, WA with their two children.
Herb works for General Motors as an Aluminum Casting Technical Specialist. He received his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. His Thesis topic was Fabrication of NiAl-Al2O3 Composites via Reactive Hot Compaction. He has co-authored over 200 papers and is the inventor on 11 patents. Herb’s primary interests are aluminum alloy and heat treat development, aluminum casting process optimization, gray and ductile iron process improvement and additive manufacturing via Laser Powder Bed Fusion. He has held positions in manufacturing, engineering and research & development.
Jim Evangelista is director of Product Technology for Shiloh Industries, a leading global supplier of lightweighting, noise, and vibration solutions to the automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial segments. With over 40 years of experience in automotive engineering, Jim possesses a unique combination of product and process experience most recently in material processing and lightweighting applications. He has held product design and development positions at American Motors, Chrysler, Johnson Controls, Magna and Ford Motor Company.
Jim holds several patents for laser material processing and material joining. Jim received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Stuart Wiesner is our newest board member. He has been working with Rheinfelden Alloys in Germany as Head of Product and Business Development since 2014. Formerly, he worked for Georg Fischer, DGS and Buhler. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, and completed his doctoral thesis on “Economic Production of Weldable AL HP – DC” at the Technical University of Brunswick.
David Weiss, vice president of R&D for Eck Industries, Inc. is responsible for development and application of high-performance alloys and casting concepts for the foundry and their customers. He has authored over 80 papers on the processing and application of aluminum, metal matrix composite and magnesium castings. He has won numerous industry awards including the John A. Penton Gold Medal from the American Foundry Society for pioneering work in the premium aluminum casting industry. He holds six patents including two for the development of the Al-Ce alloy system and is leading world-wide commercialization efforts in those materials.
John Weritz, Vice President, Standards & Technology, leads The Aluminum Association’s Standards & Technology department, which creates the backbone of a vital communication system that facilitates the production, sale and use of aluminum. He has more than 30 years of experienced in the production of aluminum sheet, plate, foil, and extrusion products.
Prior to joining the Association in 2012, Weritz served as Metallurgy Manager at Wise Alloys, where, he was responsible for developing and improving manufacturing methods for the company’s products. He began his career at Reynolds Metals Company, earning roles of increasing responsibility – including Metallurgical, Quality Assurance and Production Management positions – throughout his 25 years with the company.
A Chicago native, Weritz received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.
Lin Zhang has over thirty years of experience in metal casting; heat treat; product design and engineering development; and research and development in automotive industry. For the past 20 years, he has been working Materials Engineering department for Stellantis. His responsibilities at Stellantis include materials and process standards, alloy and process selection and specification for applications in chassis, powertrain, body structures, and electrification systems, product development and issue resolution, production issue resolution, research and development in alloys and processes, etc. Lin is a Senior Technical Specialist in casting with Stellantis. Prior to Stellantis, he worked as Product Engineer, and Heat Treat Process Engineer for other automotive companies. Lin has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Materials Engineering.