October 09, 2007

Case School Of Engineering alumna named first senior research fellow at Swagelok Company

Sunniva Collins also will serve as primary liaison between Case and one of its major research partners

Sunniva Collins

Swagelok Company, a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions, has named Sunniva R. Collins, to the newly created position of senior research fellow. She will serve as the primary liaison between Swagelok, Case Western Reserve University and the U.S. Navy, the first customer to purchase the service of Swagelok's breakthrough SAT12™ surface hardening process.

"As the company's first senior research fellow, Dr. Collins will be responsible for coordinating the academic and governmental research partnerships Swagelok is forming as the company grows in new and innovative ways," says Art Anton, Swagelok Company president and chief executive officer.

SAT12™ is a patented process for heat treating austenitic stainless steels that enables large-scale carbon absorption, dramatically improving hardness and other performance characteristics of the metal. A $5.5 million Third Frontier grant from the Ohio Department of Development was awarded to Swagelok and Case Western Reserve in December 2006 to market and commercialize Swagelok's SAT12™ process into a commercially viable, Ohio-based surface enhancement business.

Collins joined Swagelok in 1995 as a research metallurgist and has served in engineering management positions including manager, standards and product regulatory compliance. Most recently, Collins acted as the technical director of Swagelok Technology Services Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swagelok Company, directing research collaborations on the SAT12 process with academia and government research labs.

She received her doctorate (1994) and master's (1991) degrees in materials science and engineering from Case Western Reserve and her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, Swagelok Company is a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions, including products, assemblies, and services for the research, instrumentation, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, power, petrochemical, alternative fuels, and semiconductor industries. Its manufacturing, research, technical support, and distribution facilities support a global network of more than 200 authorized sales and service centers in 57 countries.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie at 216-368-4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 9, 2007 09:11 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Cleveland, Collaborations/Partnerships, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research

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