Five Years R&D Management
Michael Fox and his Sister were raised by a Single Working Mom (waitress) in Chicago. Michael attended Tilden Tech high school on the South Side of Chicago and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division. After three years of active military service, he went to Southern Illinois University from which he graduated with a B.A. in chemistry and math minor. At SIU he was nominated for a Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship for his academic standing and undergraduate research in theoretical quantum chemistry. He was also a member of an honorary mathematics fraternity and the Vice President of the American Chemical Society's Student Affiliate Chapter.
Michael Fox was awarded a full graduate fellowship at the University of Hawaii where he completed his Doctoral Degree in Physical Chemistry, bypassing the usual Masters Degree. He authored a number of scientific publications and won a research grant (Petroleum Research Fund) prior to finishing his Ph.D. Since receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Fox has authored numerous scientific articles and reports. The subject matter is as varied as his interests, from theoretical quantum mechanics to the psychology of research and development.
He has worked as a Research Scientist for General Electric Corporate Research & Development and as a research manager for the Electric Power Research Institute. While working with GE he discovered low temperature sensitization (LTS) in stainless steels, a metallurgical phenomenon that increases the susceptibility of stainless steels to intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) over time (10-20 years) at nuclear reactor operating temperatures. Because of its importance to the nuclear power industry, LTS has been the subject of international research attention. While at GE, Dr. Fox also became involved in Technology Forecasting, and during the height of the oil crisis of the 1970s, characterized water as a resource more valuable than oil. In other words, humanity is likely to go hungry before it runs out of oil.
Since leaving the commercial sector, Dr. Fox has been a consultant and expert witness and is a recognized expert in several fields. He has consulted and performed research for Argonne National Laboratories, Toshiba Corporation, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Electric Power Research Institute, the Gas Research Institute, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Biosphere II, Rockwell Space Systems, Baker/McKenzie (the largest law firm in the world), Southern California Gas, Air Liquide, Arizona Department of Transportation, Ashland Propane, and numerous nuclear utility companies including those owned by the Federal Government. Dr. Fox also led the development of a Windows Expert System for nuclear reactor water chemistry.
Current interests and activities include: Chemical Accident Reconstruction, Aerosols, Hazardous Chemicals, Chemical Injuries & Accidents, Chemical Burns, Hot Liquid Burns, Chemical Safety, Chemical Labeling, Chemical Shipping & Transportation, Propane, Fires & Explosions, Fire Cause & Origin, Physical Chemistry, Corrosion, Metallurgy, Failure Analysis, Chemical Warning Labels, Nuclear Reactors, Surface & Colloid Chemistry, and OSHA, DOT & EPA Regulations.
Chemical Accident Reconstruction Services, Inc., Founder, Tucson,
Aptech Engineering Services, Inc., Sunnyvale, California
Manager, Chemical Engineering Services - Chemical Risk Assessment & Prevention Services, Chemical Management & Control Programs, Water Chemistry Modeling and Litigation Support, Corrosion, Metallurgy, Failure Analysis, Chemical Fires & Explosions and Litigation Support. Responsible for OSHA, EPA and DOT compliance for Aptech. Won a research contract to develop an Expert System for nuclear reactor water chemistry. Won a Federal Grant to study and develop solutions for corrosion problems in nuclear reactors. Conceptualized and wrote a Proprietary Report on nuclear reactor water chemistry that sold to nuclear utility companies for $25,000 per copy.
Independent Consultant, Cupertino, California
Consulting Practice Encompassed: Chemical Risk Assessment & Prevention, R&D Management, Chemical Legal Compliance (EPA/RCRA/DOT/OSHA), Physical Chemistry, Corrosion, Metallurgy, Failure Analysis and Nuclear Reactor Water Chemistry. Won and SBIR Grant to study nuclear reactor water chemistry. Independently developed a Chemical Risk Assessment & Prevention Program known as CHEMRAP that was implemented at a number of nuclear reactors including several owned and operated by the Federal Government. The Federal Government was the first to employ CHEMRAP.
Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California
R&D Project Manager - Responsible for the technical, financial, and logistical management of approximately $100 Million worth of R&D projects pertaining to physical chemistry, thermodynamics, water chemistry, metallurgy, failure analysis, corrosion, electrochemistry, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer modeling, welding, and technology transfer in the nuclear power industry. Some of the research contracts Dr. Fox managed were in Sweden and Japan as well as with multibillion dollar US companies.
General Electric Corporate R&D, Schenectady, New York
Research Scientist - Investigated technical problems relevant to General Electric's broad business interests intersecting the disciplines of physical chemistry, nuclear energy, surface and colloid chemistry, technology forecasting, corrosion, failure analysis, and metallurgy. Discovered Low Temperature Sensitization (LTS), a metallurgical phenomenon that subsequently received international research attention.
Brewer Chemical Corporation, Honolulu, Hawaii
Developed an industrial water treatment (chemical) business that included boiler water treatment, cooling water treatment and water purification aimed at reducing industrial corrosion, scaling and biological fouling. Dr. Fox was totally responsible for product development, packaging, labeling, chemical safety, sales and service.
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