Mehrooz Zamanzadeh (Dr. Zee)
Dr. Zee is a NACE Certified Corrosion Specialist with over 28 years of practical experience in corrosion engineering, materials selection/design and cathodic protection/coatings. He has worked in the oil and gas,electric power and water/waste water utility industries throughout his career and has resolved a wide range of materials and corrosion engineering solutions for these industries. He has been setting up or improving corrosion control assessment program for large energy related companies.
Dr. Zee is one of the foremost leading corrosion engineering experts in North America and beyond. Among his awards for his contributions to materials and corrosion engineering are Fellow Awards from both the American Society for Materials (ASM) and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), a truly rare occurrence. He is also the recipient of the prestigious AUCSC’s Colonel George C. Cox Outstanding Award, given in recognition of his contributions to underground corrosion engineering.
He has been active in development of standard practices that are geared towards corrosion risk assessment, corrosion mitigation, cathodic protection, stray current, fasteners, coating assessment, and repair of damaged coatings for NACE (National Association of Corrosion engineers) and IEEE (Institute of electrical and electron engineers).
Dr. Zamanzadeh has lectured and taught frequently on materials selection, corrosion, coatings, cathodic protection, failure analysis (fracture mechanics), for universities (university of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon university and Penn State) and technical societies (NACE, AFS, ASM and ASTM). He is NACE instructor for CP1, CP2, CP3, Condition Assessment, Corrosion Basics and Corrosion Control Through Design.
Dr. Zee has 55 patents and authored 65 technical papers. He is certified by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers as a Specialist in the following areas: Corrosion, Coatings, Materials Selection and Design, and Cathodic Protection.
Edward S. Larkin, Group Technical Manager of Matergenics Pittsburgh, has over twenty five years of experience performing failure analyses. He has examined a wide variety of product failures and has extensive experience with metallography and scanning electron microscopy of materials. His projects have included metallurgical investigations of pipe- lines, piping, storage tanks, jet engine and landing gear components, mechanical parts such as shafts, crankshafts, chains, wire ropes, etc., coatings, PVC pipes, human implants, transmission towers, as well as many, many others. Mr. Larkin has been called on to serve as an expert witness in a court of law. In addition to performing metallurgical failure analyses of materials and applications, Mr. Larkin also performs concrete petrographic analysis. His projects include the evaluation of deteriorated concrete. Mr. Larkin was previously the Chairman and Trustee of the Pittsburgh Section of NACE. He has also served on the board of ASM Pittsburgh Section.
Dr. Paymen Taheri
Dr. Taheri is the director of engineering at Matergenics Engineering. Dr. Taheri is a Professional Engineer and a member of NACE and ASME. He is experienced in design, modeling, and installation of cathodic protection systems. He has published technical articles on corrosion risk assessment, computerized cathodic protection and electrochemical mechanisms. His experience includes electrochemical corrosion research, corrosion risk assessment, and corrosion risk mitigation in power and telecom utility structures.
Erik Lahti (BSME, MSNE from Ohio State University) joined Matergenics in February 2019 as a project engineer. He has previous experience with materials, corrosion, and electrochemistry from studying their applications to nuclear engineering systems. In his graduate work he supported research on NRC GSI-191 and spent nuclear fuel pyro processing, and was an author of several technical papers on both subjects. Mr. Lahti’s skills include experimental design, electrochemical testing, vacuum/glovebox systems, and analytical/numerical modeling.
Mike has earned a B.S. in Geology from West Virginia University in 2016. He is a NACE certified CP1 with 2 years of corrosion industry experience. This includes on-site corrosion risk assessment, cathodic protection testing/installation, and CIS stray current investigation for telecommunication assets. Mike also collects/analyzes on-site data to generate risk mitigation reports, predictive models, and GIS corrosion maps. Mike has been with Matergenics since 2018.
Alyson earned a B.S. in Geographical Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2019 and has more than 2 years of professional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience. Alyson specializes in the data collection and creation of GIS corrosion maps.
Aaron Ulmer is a Metallurgical Lab Engineer with a B.S. degree in Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics from SHIPPENSBURG University. Aaron is a NACE certified CP1 with over 2 years of cathodic protection evaluation experience for the water, wastewater and oil and gas industry. He has served as project engineer for cathodic protection inspections and installations for buried structures. Aaron has expertise in 3 tier coating inspection at lab, coating shielding testing, holiday detection testing, adhesion testing. He has experience in in-situ testing such as soil resistivity, Closed Interval Survey (CIS), rectifier commissioning & inspection, communication tower anchor inspection, current requirement test to identify the number of anodes required to install CP system, concrete testing, coating inspection.
Anil Kumar Chikkam
Anil Kumar Chikkam has worked on condition assessment and corrosion mitigation of 28 water main break cases. Over 11 years of experience providing solution engineering to problems related to corrosion failures, corrosion fatigue failures, design failures, elevated temperature failures, fatigue failures, hydrogen damage failures, stress corrosion cracking, heat treating related failures, liquid erosion failures, wear failures, weldments and more. Solved a wide array of materials engineering problems including: components from industrial machinery, offshore structures, petro-chemical plants, oil & gas transmission pipelines, automotive components and weldments.