>Meet Our Staff

Morgan Bright

Morgan Bright joined MATRIC in 2017 after receiving his B.S. in Chemistry, Cum Laude, from West Virginia State University. While working on his degree, Morgan had the opportunity to carry out undergraduate research on organic synthesis, purification, and method development. He also participated in a summer research program at Case Western Reserve University, where he [...]

Anika Coolbaugh

Anika Coolbaugh joined MATRIC in 2017 as a Chemical Engineer, after previously holding an internship at MATRIC. She supports our pilot plant projects as well as control systems hardware, programming and process control. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Certification in Biomedical Engineering at West Virginia University. Anika Coolbaugh CHEMICAL ENGINEER [...]

Grant Proulx, Ph.D.

Dr. Grant Proulx has more than 22 years of industrial chemistry experience, having worked with DuPont, Great Lakes Chemical and Celanese. His areas of expertise include experimental design and discovery/development of new materials and processes, including scale-up. Dr. Proulx was most recently an R&D/Scale-up Group Leader in the Houston, Texas area. At MATRIC he provides [...]

Scott White

Scott White joined MATRIC in 2016 after nearly 20 years of experience in electronics and instrumentation support at GE Fanuc and AK Steel. He provides support on process control systems, all types of pilot plant and lab automation, and other electrical equipment. Scott White INSTRUMENT ELECTRICIAN Scott White [...]

Pratik Pednekar, Ph.D.

Pratik Pednekar joined MATRIC in 2016 after earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University. As a research chemical engineer, Pratik is involved in pilot plant design, commercial scale equipment design and research-based projects. Pratik previously worked with MATRIC through a co-op program in 2015 assisting in the process conceptual design for the [...]

Stephen Portillo

Stephen Portillo joined MATRIC in 2013 to assist with pilot plant fabrication and general repairs and maintenance, including laboratory hoods, pumps and various electrical equipment. Portillo brings 10+ years in the electrical trade having worked primarily in local chemical plants reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints, schematics and wiring diagrams and installing and trouble- shooting instrumentation [...]

Michael Y. Nehme

Michael Nehme is a senior laboratory technologist with extensive experience in chemical research, development and manufacturing. Nehme has received numerous special recognition including Technologist of the Year for Dow Chemical and is named as co-inventor on five patents. At MATRIC, he participates in both research and pilot plant projects. Michael Y. Nehme SENIOR LABORATORY [...]

Jeremy P. Lucas

Jeremy Lucas joined MATRIC in 2012 to assist in the design and fabrication of pilot plant equipment and boiler operations. During his 10+ year career, Lucas has participated in the design and documentation of process equipment; implemented quality control and assurance procedures; developed equipment layout and equipment elevation drawings; performed detailed equipment evaluations against factory [...]

Quinton M. Johnson

Quinton Johnson joined MATRIC in 2013 as an operations technician to assist in the fabrication, operations and maintenance of large-scale pilot plants. Johnson is a member of MATRIC’s operational support team charged with installation and fitting of pipes and tubing; installation, operation and maintenance of boilers; and, general building and equipment repairs and maintenance. [...]