WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael H. Skillingberg has been named vice president, technology of The Aluminum Association in an announcement made today by J. Stephen Larkin, president of the association. Previously, Skillingberg was manager of the business development department of the corporate research division for Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond, Virginia. He succeeds John Green, who will retire from the association in January. "With Michael's management experience and solid record in technology research, he will be a tremendous asset to our technology team," Larkin said. "We are pleased to have him on board as we move forward promoting the growth of aluminum products and carrying our value message to our customers, the government and the public." In his new position, Skillingberg will be responsible for all technology activities of The Aluminum Association. This includes developing and maintaining industry product standards and nomenclature; conducting technical activities in the areas of occupational health and safety; maintaining technical publications to promote and facilitate the use of aluminum; promoting the development of sound technical practices for the use of aluminum through technical workshops, seminars and short courses; supporting key association committees; supporting technical interactions with the government, academic community and professional societies. Skillingberg's responsibilities at Reynolds included managing a team responsible for corporate research's business development activities including technical sales, government contracts, competitive intelligence and patent strategy. He also managed research groups responsible for a range of product development and implementation activities. Skillingberg joined Reynolds Metals Company in 1978 as a research scientist and was promoted to division metallurgical engineer for the mill productions division in 1989, later becoming the chief metallurgical engineer in 1993. Skillingberg holds a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended the Cooperative Graduate Engineering Program at the University of Virginia and the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Skillingberg is a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and Sigma Xi. He holds several patents and has been widely published in the United States and abroad. The Aluminum Association, based in Washington, DC, with offices in Detroit, MI, represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, recyclers, and producers of semi-fabricated products. Member companies operate almost 200 plants in the U.S. and many conduct business worldwide.
SOURCE Aluminum Association