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Joseph Walker is the global technology director for materials and laboratories for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (FNST). In this position, he is globally responsible for overseeing all advanced materials technology development and management of the FNST/FST laboratories. He is also the regional NAFTA leader for Chemical Regulatory Compliance for FNST. He is located in the Plymouth, Mich. Corporate R&D headquarters of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies. Prior to joining Freudenberg, Joe served as silicone rubber business team leader for Wacker Silicones Corp. There, he was responsible for research, development, and sales and marketing. Previously, he was an engineering fellow for Alliant Techsystems (formally Honeywell Defense and Marine Systems), where he focused on material design, processing and application for various US Department of Defense programs. He also held positions at Stauffer Chemical, Phillips Petroleum, and Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Joe continues to conduct numerous trainings at various industry workshops, universities, and events. He was the 2012 chairman of the American Chemical Society, Rubber Division, a member of the Rubber Industry Advisory Board for Ferris State University, board member of the Association of Rubber Product Manufacturers, and is past-chair and board member of the Detroit Rubber Group. Additionally, he is a member of Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Plastics Engineers, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Automotive Industry Action Group, and the Americas Tech Team of the American Chemistry Council. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, he holds more than 20 patents in the fields of materials applications and compositional chemistries. He currently holds more than 20 patents and has authored and edited various chapters in text and industry publications.