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SMI Hires Two New Technical Experts

Wednesday, March 28, 2018  
Posted by: Dina Sanchez
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To bolster its technical assistance, SMI has retained two technical experts as consultants, C. Richard (Rick) Gordon and Gary Van Buren. They are available to help both members and nonmembers and officially started with SMI on April 2, 2018.


As the SMI Technical Director, Gordon will respond to members’ metallurgical questions, such as those on fatigue life, corrosion problems and material related problems. He will manage and oversee processes for meeting members’ needs regarding failure analysis, to include sourcing reputable testing labs throughout North America, forwarding member requests to the appropriate lab, and reporting results and recommendations.


Gordon will also represent SMI at international standards symposia; collaborate in standards development and updating; explore research opportunities; contribute whitepapers; assist the chair of the Technical Committee, particularly in the planning and execution of the bi-annual SMI Metal Engineering eXpo; and highlight SMI capabilities/expertise to grants and research organizations.


Gordon has had a career as a technical service metallurgist, most recently at Gerdau Ameristeel in Texas and New Jersey. Before that he held quality and engineering positions at National-Standard Company, Baoan International Investment Co. Ltd., and United States Steel Corporation. Gordon’s graduate study was at the University of Pittsburgh, and he completed his masters and undergraduate degrees in metallurgical and materials engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of ASTM, ASM International (chairman of the Notre Dame Chapter), Wire Association International, TMS, and the Metallurgical Society of AIME. Gordon makes his home in Grainger, Indiana.


Van Buren, a longtime SMI member, is SMI’s new Technical Advisor. He will be available to assist members with design and problem-solving issues, including spring design and technical consultation; respond to technical emails and phone calls; assist in upgrading Advanced Spring Design software; and assist the SMI Technical Committee, particularly in defining speakers and topics for the bi-annual SMI Metal Engineering eXpo and developing spring design classes and seminars.


Van Buren is an engineering manager with a twenty-three-year background in the spring industry, most of those at Spring Team, Inc. in Austinburg, Ohio. He has served on the SMI Technical Committee for approximately 15 years. He has extensive experience in compression, extension and torsion spring design as well as customer service. Van Buren holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Kent State University.


Rick Gordon, SMI Technical Director, can be reached at, or 574-514-9367. Gary Van Buren, SMI Technical Advisor, can be reached at, or 440-206-6129.


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