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2021 Conference Committee

John Ormerod, Ph.D.

Dr. John Ormerod is Principal and founder of JOC LLC (http://www.jocllc.com). JOC LLC provides a unique combination of business and technical expertise to the Global Magnetics and Metals Industries. John graduated from the University of Manchester, UK with a BSc, MSc, and PhD in metallurgy in 1975, 1976 and 1978 respectively.  He has over forty years of research, product development, and manufacturing experience in the area of metals, permanent magnets and magnetic materials.  He has spent time in Europe working for Philips and in the USA working for SPS Technologies (Arnold Engineering) in their magnetic materials businesses.

In 2002 John was named President of Res Manufacturing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Res is a manufacturer of stamped metal components, assemblies and value added services to diversified industries.  They are a major supplier of components and assemblies to Tesla Motors for their Model S and Model X electric vehicle platforms.

He provided expert testimony on issues of invalidity during the recent rare earth magnet ITC investigation No. 337-TA-855 and is currently a technical expert evaluating prior art for the Rare Earth Magnet Industry Alliance.  He has also provided expert testimony at several USPTO patent trial proceedings related to various magnetic technologies.

Clients include the following; IP law firms, major magnet manufacturers, magnetic equipment manufacturers, medical device R and D companies, motor manufacturers, tier 1 automotive suppliers and new magnetic material R and D businesses.

He serves on the Advisory Board of Bunting Magnetics Company, PK Tool and Manufacturing and is Senior Technology Advisor to Magnet Applications Inc. and Technology Advisor to Niron Magnetics.


Jinfang Liu, Ph.D.
Dr. Jinfang Liu is currently the President and COO at Electron Energy Corp. (EEC). He received his PhD in physics in 1990 from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Liu also worked at Swift Levick Magnets Limited (UK) and NEOREM Magnets Limited (Finland) before joining Electron Energy Corp. in 1998. He is the co-author of over 250 papers and co-inventor of 12 US issued patents on permanent magnets and magnetic systems.


Kalathur (Sim) Narasimhan, Ph.D.
Dr. Sim Narasimhan is the vice president of P2PTechnologies, helping corporations to make wise decisions on Powders and Parts. Prior to this he was vice president and CTO from 1990-2014 at Hoeganaes Corp.; the world’s largest producer of iron powder and alloys.  Under his leadership Hoeganaes improved powder manufacturing practices and introduced vast number of materials and processes to the PM industry. He is a Fellow of American Society of Metals, Fellow of American Powder Metallurgy Institute, Fellow of Indian Powder Metallurgy Institute Senior Member of I.E.E.E. GKN Engineering Fellow, Albert Sauver award from the Liberty chapter of ASM, Payson-Mathew award in 1980 and 1983 from Crucible Materials Corporation. Delaware Materials Person of the year 2015 from ASM chapter. MPIF Distinguished service to Powder metallurgy award,  He was active in various boards of Metal Powder Industry.  


Jeff Whalen, Ph.D.
Jeff is the Director of Magnetics Corporation, and the STEM Entrepreneur in Residence and Teaching Faculty at the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.  He has a passion for the innovation and commercialization of science and over the past 15 years has launched several companies with new technologies ranging from proprietary crystal manufacturing techniques to new artificial intelligence algorithm platforms.  At Magnetics Corporation, Jeff is dedicated to working with his team to maintain the company as the premier global magnet technology development partner.  He is currently creating new undergraduate and graduate STEM entrepreneurship programs at the Jim Moran College, and has developed several new courses including Enough To Be Dangerous: Impact Areas of STEM Innovation & Commercialization and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Survey of STEM.  From 2009-2019 Jeff was Research Faculty at The National High Magnetic Field Lab where he conducted materials and magnet science research and development projects under federal funding from the National Science Foundation, State of Florida, U.S. Dept. of Energy and U.S. Dept. of Defense. 

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