Todd joined Secat in 2001 as Business Manager where he oversaw Finance/Accounting, HR, and IT. In 2012 Todd was promoted to VP Business Development and later to General Manager. In 2020, Todd was named President of Secat.
Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Western Kentucky University. Prior to joining Secat, Todd held finance and accounting positions in the software industry and the University of Kentucky.
A Kentucky native, Todd is passionate about University of Kentucky sports and is an avid outdoorsman. Additionally, Todd serves on the board of the Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass.
Shridas Ningileri VP Engineering of Secat Inc has a Master’s Degree in Technology-Metallurgy with specialization in Industrial Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
His current areas of focus includes applied research, testing and development in all areas of Aluminum production including alloy development, energy savings by melting optimization and process developments related to productivity improvement.
He has extensive experience in the ferrous casting industry with a focus on cast and nodular irons in process and product development and is an accomplished auditor for ISO 17025 and ISO 9000 and had also worked in the area of automotive standards.
He is the technical interface between Secat and the aluminum industry and is responsible for translating customer needs into project outlines and presenting the data and reports to customers.
He also holds the position of Director – Center for Aluminum Technology University of Kentucky and is responsible for handling and managing projects between consortia consisting of industry, university and government bodies.
Jim Hands took over the Sales Manager position for Secat in March of 2018. He leads the new business growth strategies and marketing of Secat’s testing and R&D services to rolling mills, forgers, casters, extruders, foundry, die casters, foil producers and OEMs. Jim has over 25 years of experience in the metals industry in various Sales Management and Market Management positions from stainless bar mill producers to flat-rolled carbon sheet processors.
Jim received his B.S. in Business (Marketing) from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1989. He obtained his MBA (Finance) from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio in 2000.
Dr. Nicholas E Nanninga joined Secat in 2020 as Technical Director. Nick’s responsibilities at Secat include interfacing with new customers, coordinating R&D projects with universities and government agencies, supporting the development of technical training courses, and assisting in maintaining our quality systems.
Prior to joining Secat, Dr. Nanninga was Corporate Director of Materials and Processes at Accuride Corporation. At Accuride, Nick managed a Materials lab that supported several North American facilities through materials testing and analysis, alloy development, and process R&D. During his time at Accuride, Nick developed a new alloy and forging process for manufacturing aluminum wheels. These patented technological advances resulted in a 15 % reduction in the weight of an industry standard commercial vehicle wheel.
Before Accuride, Dr. Nanninga spent two years at Timet Corporation, where he worked on developing novel titanium alloys and manufacturing processes. Nick started his career as a post-doc for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, Nick was responsible for researching the effects of high-pressure hydrogen gas on the mechanical properties of metals, specifically those proposed for use in a “hydrogen economy”. To this end, Dr. Nanninga and his colleagues designed, built, and instrumented a safe facility for conducting mechanical tests inside a high-pressure hydrogen gas chamber.
Dr. Nanninga received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2003, 2005, and 2008, respectively. Dr. Nanninga’s M.S. thesis focused on hydrogen embrittlement in steel fasteners used in the automotive industry. During his Ph.D., he investigated the high cycle fatigue behavior of AA6XXX aluminum extrusions, with specific emphasis on the effects of seam welds, charge welds, and die lines on fatigue properties.
Dr. Xiao has been at Secat, Inc. for 19 years. He serves as the Technical Manager and supervises the lab and most technical matters. His strong background in physical metallurgy and failure analysis of aluminum serves him well to guide and support technical personnel.
Dr. Xiao received his doctorate in metallurgical engineering from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has more than 30 years of industrial and academic research and development experience. He possesses strong hands-on problem solving skills in metal casting, welding, heat-treatment, materials processing development, failure analysis and materials characterization utilizing various modern analytical techniques and instruments.
Dr. Xiyu Wen is a Senior Research Associate for the Center for Aluminum Technology. He was a 1983 graduate of the Jilin University in P. R. China with a B.S. in Physics. He was a faculty member for three years at the Northeast Heavy Machinery Institute, P. R. China. In 1989, Dr Wen obtained M. S. in Materials Science from Yanshan University in P.R. China, where he worked again in Teaching and Research in Materials Science. Dr. Wen received his PhD degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2000.
His research works focus on the physical and mechanical metallurgy mainly concerned with textures and microstructures of metal materials/sheet metal forming.
Dr. Wilson Xu joined Secat in June 2018 as a Senior Materials Engineer. Wilson’s work here is on metallurgical analysis and failure analysis of various metal parts and products.
Wilson has worked in materials engineering for more than 20 years. During past two decades he has mainly worked as an engineer in casting and heat treatment of light weight metals, fabrication of metal matrix composites, characterization of microstructures and nanostructures in various materials, relationships between physical, electrochemical, and mechanical properties and the microstructures of light weight metals. Wilson has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications on peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Shian Jia joined Secat as a Materials Engineer in October 2015. He leads product & process development projects on aluminum rolling and heat treating. Shian also handles failure analysis and evaluation on aluminum casting, sheet, foil, extrusion and can products.
Shian received his B.S. degree at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2011. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Alabama, in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Yan Jin, Ph.D., joined Secat as a Materials Engineer in December 2018. His work at Secat primarily relates to billet evaluation, including 6000 and 7000 series of aluminum alloys, failure analysis and evaluation on a series of aluminum products in forms of casting, forging, extrusion and rolling, etc., and materials characterization using Electron Microscopy techniques at UK Electron Microscopy Center (EMC).
He majored Materials Science and Engineering during his undergraduate and graduate studies, respectively. In 2016, he obtained Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Kentucky (UK) with focus on the effects of microstructure and microtexture on multi-site fatigue crack nucleation of high strength aluminum alloys. After completing his Ph.D., he worked in a R&D project sponsored by General Motors as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UK, focusing on developing and validating a scratch adhesion test method for thermal sprayed coating on die casting aluminum alloys. Prior to joining Secat, Dr. Jin worked at X-wave Innovations, Inc. as a Research and Development Engineer with emphasis on materials microstructure characterization and mechanical properties evaluation of additive manufactured lightweight alloys, such as Ti64 and Ni-based superalloys.
Randall Bowers joined Secat in 2004 as a Materials Engineer. Randall’s focus has been in the field of aluminum rolling ingot for beverage can sheet and automotive alloys. Randall handles projects related to failure analysis, product development, mechanical testing and forming, modeling, thermodynamic calculations, heat treating, and characterizations utilizing XRD, EBSD, DSC/TGA, DIC strain analysis, and microscopy. Randall is also involved in the procurement and evaluation of new equipment/techniques at Secat including sample/fixture machining, bringing new equipment online, and procedure development work.
Randall obtained his B.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2004.
Parvez Sindhi joined the ranks of Secat, Inc. in July 2018 as a Materials Engineer. His background is primarily in Materials Science & Engineering, with a focus on materials characterization. His previous work experience includes materials testing in the field of metallurgy, especially stainless steel, and other projects completed related to materials characterization and analysis.
Parvez completed his master’s degree in Materials Science in 2017, after which he started his career at Secat Inc. as a Materials Engineer. His work at Secat primarily relates to the testing and evaluation of aluminum extrusion products, billet evaluation, testing of aluminum sheets, wide range of mechanical testing, and managing the ISO 17025 standard of the laboratory.
Anthony (Tony) Petters joined Secat in July 2021 after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Materials Engineering. Tony primarily performs billet and extrusion analysis while continuing to expand his metallurgical knowledge in other aluminum product segments.
He previously worked with 3M Ceradyne as a co-op and Beam-Suntory as a part of his senior design project, where he analyzed corrosion on steel hoops of bourbon barrels in storage rackhouses.
Janet Cecil joined Secat in June 2018 as the Administrative Support Associate I. Janet has worked in Administrative roles for more than 20 years. As part of Secat, Janet manages and distributes information within the office. Additionally, Janet handles all incoming and outgoing shipments with Secat’s customers and suppliers. Prior to joining Secat, Janet worked at Ashland Inc., the Valvoline Division, in Lexington, KY for 26 years.
Mary Sue Davis started working part-time at Secat through Accountemps in June of 2019. She processes their Accounts Payable and Payroll. Vendors should contact her if they have questions about one of their invoices.
Mary Sue received her MBA from UNC Charlotte in December of 1993 and her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration in May of 1988. She has over 15 years of experience working with accounting/bookkeeping and three years of experience in technical writing, documenting policies and procedures, including software user guides. Industries she has worked in include construction, manufacturing, service, and education.