- John BeaumontPresident & Founder
John Beaumont is the President and Founder of the AIM Institute and Beaumont Technologies, and former Program Chair of the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie. He has authored several books including Runner & Gating Design Handbook and Successful Injection Molding, and he contributed the design chapters of the Injection Molding Handbook.
John is well-known for his patented MeltFlipper® technology and his dedication to bettering the injection molding industry through extensive research. In 2015, he was nominated into the Plastics Hall of Fame, a designation awarded to those deemed worthy of the highest honor in the plastics industry. This year John also won SPE's Fred E. Schwab Education Award, recognizing his contributions and dedication to plastics industry education.
John is also an SPE Fellow, a member of the Plastics Pioneer Association, and a past Chair of the Injection Molding Division’s Board of Directors.
- Dave HoffmanDirector, AIM Institute
David Hoffman is the Director of and an Instructor for the AIM Institute. He has authored various published ANTEC papers in regards to mold filling variations and recycling thermoset phenolics.
David previously served as the Technical Director of Sales & Marketing for Beaumont Technologies, and co-invented the company’s MeltFlipper® MAX™ melt rotation technology patent, which is capable of establishing multi-axis material property optimization within the melt channels and cavities for both cold and hot runner molds.
David also worked as the Engineering Manager for an automotive supplier of high precision plastic components and assemblies. While there, he was involved in part design, processing, mold design, quality control, quoting, and customer technical service. He also worked for Mack Molding in Vermont with similar job responsibilities, including technical sales.
David holds an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie.
- John BozzelliFounder of Scientific Molding
John Bozzelli is one of the most recognized names in processing. He was immersed in polymer synthesis, development, production, and processing during the first two decades of his career at Dow Plastics. He now focuses on hands-on processing training from the plastic's point of view.
John has over 10 patents and has authored over 100 papers and industry articles covering plastics and processing, and was formerly named Processor of the Year by Modern Plastics. He has spent over 25 years on the seminar circuit and is a sought after consultant and presenter.
John is a graduate of Marietta College (BS) and Ohio University (MS). His studies were interrupted for a stint in Vietnam, serving in the Army First Air Calvary. He was awarded the Purple Heart & Silver Star.
- Mike Sepe"The Material Analyst"
Michael Sepe has over 40 years of experience in the plastics industry, focused on injection molding and material testing. His primary interests involve the integration of process technology and material testing and analysis to competitively produce high quality products. Michael teaches public courses at several universities and writes a monthly article for Injection Molding Magazine on material analysis and its application to product performance and processing problems. He has written contributing chapters for a number of industry publications and has presented over 25 ANTEC papers. He has has also authored a book on the use of dynamic mechanical analysis as an engineering tool. Michael currently works as an independent consultant to the industry and provides analytical services and assistance in solving design, manufacturing, and material selection problems.
- David RoseSenior Instructor
David Rose has acquired a wide breadth of expertise over his 20+ year career in the plastics industry, including roles in new product development, tooling and process development, and project management. He has worked with thermoplastic and thermosetting composite materials such as Kevlar and carbon fiber epoxies, and is experienced in gas-assist molding, extrusion blow molding, and resin transfer, along with tooling knowledge for each of these processes.
David is an in-demand consultant and trainer. He is also a respected researcher and has authored a number of technical papers which have been presented at various technical conferences within the plastics and rubber industries.
David holds a Bachelor's degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie.
- Jennifer SchmidtSr. Instructor, Simulation
Jennifer Schmidt is a Moldflow® Certified Expert and GM Certified Moldflow® Analyst. She is also a Senior Design Engineer for Beaumont and has over twenty years of plastics industry experience with nearly fifteen years of Moldflow®experience.
In addition to her Autodesk® Moldflow® consulting and training, Jennifer manages and performs simulation consulting projects for a variety of plastics industry organizations.
Jennifer previous work history includes Hot Runner Designer and Flow Simulation Specialist roles. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie. She is active in the local Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) chapter as their Treasurer for their Board of Directors.
- Jason TravitzSr. Instructor, Processing
Jason Travitz brings over 20 years of industry experience in injection molding to his role as Senior Process Instructor. In addition to teaching, he is actively involved with the AIM Institute’s ongoing research into polymer materials, design, and processing.
Jason's previous roles include Senior Mold Process Engineer, Senior Molding Instructor, and Technical Program Manager for high precision products at Molex and Apple.
Jason earned his degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie.