Diana Wilkens Chemist


Technical Skills:


·         Experienced in product development, commercialization, and application support for silicone materials into the consumer goods, health-care, and automotive industries.

·         Experienced in project management and production scale-up of new silicone products

·         Hands-on experience in rubber compounding, characterization, and physical property testing.

·         Masters degree in Organic Chemistry concentrated in Polymer Science from Virginia Tech.

·         Extensive cross-functional team experience, both as leader and participant.

·         Experienced  in supervision, training and development of R&D personnel.

Professional Work History:


Jamestown Community College                    Jamestown, NY
Adjunct Chemistry Professor

Instructed Allied Health Chemistry and Introduction to Chemistry courses.

Nextec Applications, Inc.                               Vista, CA

Product Development Engineer
·         Doubled product line in 5 months by introducing three new products for the apparel industry.

·         Applied Stage-Gate process and formal project management in developing new products.

·         Interacted with marketing and production in assuring focused product development.

·         Provided technical expertise to internal and external customers.


Sr. Product and Process Chemist

·         Enabled major product line through development of a silicone compound with targeted characteristics.

·         Reduced raw material costs by 20% through co-development programs with major silicone rubber suppliers

·         Reduced manufacturing costs by 30% through innovations in process and silicone raw materials.

·         Increased mixing productivity by 75% by managing project to upgrade production mixing equipment, establishing procedures, and training manufacturing personnel.

Nextec Applications, Inc.   Sr. Product and Process Chemist  (cont.)


·         Maintained plant-wide quality of silicones, incoming and in-process

–          Established specifications and standard test procedures

–          Devised handling guidelines

–          Defined in-process production testing procedures.

·         Supervised and scheduled product development and research technicians.

·         Provided silicone rubber material and process expertise to marketing, R&D

and production.



General Electric Silicones                              Waterford , NY


Advanced Product Development Chemist, Heat Cured Elastomers Technology

·         Developed fluoro- and methyl silicone rubber products for consumer goods,

health-care, and automotive markets.

·         Increased first-time pass rate from 75% to 95% through technical support to

fluorosilicone rubber manufacturing.

·         Reduced out-of-spec inventory of inputs by 85%.

·         Reduced cycle times by 30% and enhanced customer processibility through

the use of innovative manufacturing processes.

·         Led and participated in cross-functional teams to resolve product and process


·         Led cultural diversity committee for the technology organization.  Redesigned

workshop structure and provided training for the organization at one third the




Virginia Tech
Degree- Masters of Science

Major- Organic Chemistry concentrated in Synthetic Polymer Chemistry

Advisor- Dr. James McGrath


State University of New York at Fredonia
Degree- Bachelor of Science

Major- Chemistry (ACS Certified), Minor- Psychology