NDSU’s researchers are experts in their fields, with significant industry, academic and laboratory experience.
Dr. Gordon Bierwagen—CSP Director
Dr. Bierwagen has been involved in R&D in coatings since his work at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio. His experience also includes 16 years in a variety of positions with Sherwin-Williams Research Center, Chicago. He also served as director of R&D for the Decorative Films Division of Avery, Inc., Schererville, Ind. Dr. Bierwagen joined NDSU’s Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials in 1989, serving as chair for seven years. At NDSU, Dr. Bierwagen has been the leader in the invention of a new method of protecting aluminum alloys against corrosion. An ongoing research thrust in his group has been the development of quantitative lifetime prediction techniques for corrosion protection, and the development of quantitative, objective techniques for the accelerated testing of coatings. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics from Valparaiso University, a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Iowa State University, and did post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota
Mr. Dennis K. Anderson—CSP Associate Vice President of Business Development and Industry Relations
Dennis Anderson, an NDSU alumnus, joined the university in the Office of Technology Transfer. Mr. Anderson then served as Director of Business Development and Industry Relations in the Office of Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer after which he was made Assistant Vice President and then Associate Vice President. He previously served as director of business development at Molecular Genetics, Inc. As director of business development and preclinical research and development for MGI PHARMA, Inc., Mr. Anderson was responsible for creation and management of all preclinical pharmacology and safety studies and trials with both private sector contract research organizations as well as leading academic health sciences centers in U.S., Europe, and Japan. He has served as vice president of regulatory affairs and technology development for Algenix, Inc., and Biovirx, Inc., both Minnesota biotech startup companies. Anderson also co-founded Biotronix, Inc., a biopharamaceutical research and development company, and OutaBox Thinking, Inc., a biopharmaceutical consulting company. Mr. Anderson's expertise includes private sector research and development of biotechnology and bio-pharmaceutical products and specialty chemicals. He had personal responsibility for creation and management of multiple INDs, IDEs, and NDAs during his tenure with the private sector. Mr. Anderson has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property management and protection, technology transfer and licensing, creation and management of entrepreneurial start-ups, and commercialization of high technologies, e.g., biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals. Mr. Anderson is especially knowledgeable in those regulatory activities related to research, development and commercialization of technologies and products that are regulated either by U.S. FDA, U.S. EPA, and USDA and EU-EMEA, particularly as applied to preclinical and clinical research, and sponsored research in corporate and academic settings
Dr. Eng. Dante Battocchi—CSP Associate Director
Dante Battocchi, Dr. Engineering, received a doctor degree in materials engineering from the University of Trento in Trento, Italy, and a master’s degree in polymers and coatings from NDSU. He was previously a research associate in the NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials where he served as technical manager in the durable hybrid coatings program. Battocchi’s work includes development and optimization of magnesium-rich primer for chromate-free protection of aluminum alloys, as well as electrochemical analysis and characterization of protective coatings. His published work includes articles on magnesium rich primers in journals such as Corrosion Science and numerous conference proceedings. He previously served as an agent with the Italian State Police.
Mr. Rob Sailer—CSP Research Engineer
Mr. Sailer obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from NDSU, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He previously worked at Valspar, Minneapolis, Minn., a global leader in coatings. Sailer’s work assisted in the development of two patented processes for Valspar. He also worked at Donaldson Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., and was responsible for development, qualification and quality monitoring of new filtration media. Sailer joined NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2004. He currently supports research on durable hybrid coatings, gun barrel coatings, laser cladding, and other hard coatings programs.