Member Bios

Abbot, HarperBoard Member

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BS Mechanical Engineering, LeTourneau University 2005.

Harper’s career began in the aerospace industry, where he developed electromechanical and structural systems for a variety of turbine and piston powered aircraft. Recently he has shifted his focus to entrepreneurship, and is enjoying the benefits of that lifestyle with his wife and 5 children. He currently owns a laser cutting/engraving and printing business and is pursuing commercial licenses for several inventions. He loves to talk shop with other inventors and enjoys collaborative work.

Harper’s inventing interests include cooking, gardening, homebrewing, and outdoor recreation.

 

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BS Mechanical Engineering, LeTourneau University 2005. Harper’s career began in the aerospace industry, where he developed electromechanical and structural systems for a variety of turbine and piston powered aircraft. Recently Read More
Bennington, NicholasTreasurer

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University, 1988

Masters Management Information Systems (MMIS), Friends University, Wichita, KS 2000

Nicholas Bennington has over 10 years’ mechanical design experience working for a number of military and aviation companies: General Dynamics, Douglas Aircraft Company, Rohr Incorporated & Bombardier/Learjet. He was responsible for the development of electronic packaging equipment for the USAF F-16 Automated Test Equipment; Primary and Secondary structural attachment components for the USAF C-17 Cargo Transport Wing Box which included: wing to fuselage attach points, bulkhead, stringer, shear clips and routing of electrical, hydraulic and fuel systems lines. In addition he had design responsibilities for the nacelle and composite components for the MD90 V2500 and Airbus 330 aircraft.

Over the last 20 years he has developed a high level of competence in the utilization, teaching and developing of application macros for several leading CAD design packages (namely CATIA V4/5, Unigraphics, Autodesk Inventor, and Autodesk Simulation Mechanical & CFD)

In 2000, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems with emphasis in strategic planning and leading organizations in the implementation of enterprise software solutions (i.e. ERP, PDM, SAP etc.)

He has over 10 years project management and project engineering experience managing a variety of continuous improvement and FAA Certification projects.

In 2009, he began his entrepreneurial career with a R&D company startup in the field of internal combustion engine technology. As President and Chief Engineer, he co-founded Grail Engine Technologies and led the development and testing of a patented two-stroke internal combustion engine. He concluded his assignment with Grail Engine Technologies in October 2014, after completing prototype proof of concept and securing of patent protection.

In 2015, Mr Bennington and Mr Gary Stecklein, a former Director of Southwest Research Institute, formed Grail Engineering LLC., an engineering consulting company. Together they are working on various energy efficiency projects and seeking R&D funding via DoD and SBIR/STTR programs. In addition, he is also leading a smart phone software development project and has completed early stage IP protection with the USPTO. He is an active member of the Inventors Association of South Central Kansas (IASCK) and is currently the Treasurer of the organization.

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B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University, 1988 Masters Management Information Systems (MMIS), Friends University, Wichita, KS 2000 Nicholas Bennington has over 10 years’ mechanical design experience working for Read More
Bung, HubertBoard Member

Hubert is a Mechanical Engineer in Plastics Technology, coming from the South-Western Stuttgart region of Germany.

He has over 25 years experience in product design & development for injection molding, tooling and automation equipment for industrial, automotive, aerospace and consumer product markets.

His background includes mold and tooling design, as well as application specific material selection.
Work experience includes 9 years at the Teleflex Automotive Research & Development Center in Troy, MI and 11 years at the Teleflex subsidiary Norland Plastics in Kansas.

Hubert has developed a process for manufacturing of encapsulated composite polymer bearings and a process for weld stress removal and weld distortion compensation in large metal structures for Carbon Fiber Composite Lay-up Tools and Bond Tools.
He has worked as Contract Manufacturing Engineer at the Hawker-Beechcraft “Composite Center of Excellence in the field of advanced Carbon Fiber components where he was responsible for quality improvements and cost reductions of Composite components for Jet Aircrafts.

Hubert is inventor and co-inventor of the following Patents and published patent applications.

Motion transmitting remote control assembly: EP0648947 B1

Isolated shifter terminal assembly

Core length adjuster

 

PAT. No. US009009981

PAT. No. US8549754

PAT. No. US8776380

PAT. No. US8950077

PAT. No. US20140068951

 

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Hubert is a Mechanical Engineer in Plastics Technology, coming from the South-Western Stuttgart region of Germany. He has over 25 years experience in product design & development for injection molding, Read More
Combs, MichaelBoard Member

What is an Inventor? To me it’s a person that makes life more convenient, productive, safer, and economical by the way of a new Device, Process, or Idea.  Check out my new book:  Click on:  “Out of the Mind of Michael”.

I call myself an Inventor because I designed a process that enhances or magnifies products or elements in being used with increased efficiency, performance, or productivity. In simple terms, I influence elements to work stronger or different than they normally do.

One product that I came up with is M-Factor that cleans, polishes and protects painted, glass, metal, vinyl and other plastics on cars, boats and aircraft. On well cared for painted surfaces, M-Factor leaves a Sky Deep Shine, and last for months before needing a reapplication of M-Factor.  Click for VideoClick for Text.  

Check out this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLed4RFH9cI  for great Christmas ideas.

If you are a collectable of Space memorabilia, this is for you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLed4RFH9cI
Part of the proceeds will go to support IASCK, Thanks for your support!

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What is an Inventor? To me it’s a person that makes life more convenient, productive, safer, and economical by the way of a new Device, Process, or Idea.  Check out Read More
Freidenberger, RichardHonorary Member

Richard has a Masters in EE with WSU, is a retired Electrical Engineer and Test and Evaluations Manager from the Boeing Company. He became involved with the Wichita Chapter of the Kansas Association of Inventors in 1993 and in 1997 helped to incorporate the Inventors’ Association of South-Central Kansas Richard can be reached at (316) 721-1866 or by email at inventor@inventkansas.com.

Inventions and Creations:

Richard was asked to partner with John Houston (deceased) to help develop John’s Heavy Duty Bath Seat Lift. This project has been developed into an effective prototype featuring stainless steel design and powered by rechargeable batteries. Richard and John’s wife, Beverly Houston, are looking for a marketing agent to help them to provide help and support to the thousands of individuals that would enjoy privacy while doing their bathroom activities and those other thousands of health care providers that strain their backs in lifting heavy patients from the bath seats.  US Patent No. 6,154,896

Richard’s own creations include among many other projects, a fishing rod holder to safely and securely hold fishing rods in the ceiling of a pickup topper. This basic design for the rod holder is very effective in securely holding an unattended rod on a lake or river bank or wooden fishing dock. The design accomodates either a spinning or casting rod.  Can also be used for storage on a wall or ceiling.

Another invention is a ‘barn-door’ tracking device to rotate the camera at the speed of the earth’s rotation in order to take pictures of stars and such with timed exposure.  The device is powered by a 1 revolution per minute 12VDC motor which can be powered by the cigarette lighter of an auto.  The tripod is made of ash wood and weighted with lead bags to provide a stable platform.  The axis of rotation is positioned to the North Pole with the aid of a one-power scope from an old Army rifle.  A visible feedback is provided allowing the operator to make adjustments to the speed to correct for any error in tracking the star or object.  The result is ability to make long time exposures as seen in attached Milky-Way image with a 20 minute exposure, looking due South from a location near Lake Afton in Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Click here for an image of the comet Hale-Bopp with a short 12 second exposure above the Saint Joseph Church in Western Sedgwick county.  A later image of the comet was taken on April 12, 1997 showing the comet breaking off two parts of it in a 5 minute exposure.  These images have not previously been recorded and were sent to NASA for the record.

My latest invention is a CAMERA MOUNT ADAPTER FOR POLE OR TRIPOD USING REMOTE CONTROL.  This unit is for sale.  Click to see brochure.

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Richard has a Masters in EE with WSU, is a retired Electrical Engineer and Test and Evaluations Manager from the Boeing Company. He became involved with the Wichita Chapter of Read More
Palmgren, DaleSecretary

Dale Palmgren has a BS degree in CIS – Database programming and a MS degree in Internet Marketing.  He has been a successful entrepreneur since 1971 and has been an inventor at heart all his life.  Mostly, he just enjoys helping people reach their dreams.

One of his favorite sayings is “it is surprising how many things I have done because I was too ignorant to know it could not be done”.  This describes a great deal of his life.  In other words, he doesn’t pay attention to “what can’t be done” but instead figures out how it can be done.

Dale has worked in technical office equipment fields for over 35 years with 25 of those years building, repairing, teaching and programming computers.  He also developed magnets to wear in the shoes and was instrumental in opening the US and Canadian markets for therapeutic magnets.

He considers himself a “Jack of all trades and master of none” because he has had some experience with several different industries and products.  This gives him a unique perspective on where to start developing various inventions.

 

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Dale Palmgren has a BS degree in CIS – Database programming and a MS degree in Internet Marketing.  He has been a successful entrepreneur since 1971 and has been an Read More
Parker, RemingtonBoard Member

Remington Parker is a creative individual with an enthusiasm for discovery.

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Remington Parker is a creative individual with an enthusiasm for discovery.
Scherban, KennethMember

Retired Electronics-Strain Gage Lab Technican from the Boeing Company.

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Retired Electronics-Strain Gage Lab Technican from the Boeing Company.
Scherban, Le EttaMember

BSN Nursing Graduate Wichita State University 1982.
Patent: US 9,355,768 B1
Home grown girl from Pratt, Kansas.

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BSN Nursing Graduate Wichita State University 1982. Patent: US 9,355,768 B1 Home grown girl from Pratt, Kansas.
Stecklein, GaryPresident

Gary Stecklein has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering fromKansas State University and a MBA from the University of Texas inSan Antonio.  He worked for 6 years for Deere & Co. as a design engineer and received 7 patents there.  He then worked for Southwest Research Institute for 27 years eventually becoming the Director of Engineering of the Vehicle Systems Research Department before retiring in 2007.  There he received an additional 3 patents there.  His expertise ranges from mechanical design to systems development and has been involved in test system development, filtration and contamination, hydraulics, transmission development, hybrid and electric vehicle development.

He is currently pursuing patents on a highly compact high reduction gear drive system, snow sled, extension cord reel, visual wind shield wiper control system, direct kinetic energy transfer system, and other concepts.

He can be reached at gary.stecklein@yahoo.com.

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Gary Stecklein has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering fromKansas State University and a MBA from the University of Texas inSan Antonio.  He worked for 6 years for Deere & Read More
Talreja, JatinVice President

 

 

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Uhrich, MattBoard Member

Matt graduated from Wichita State University in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He dual majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and minored in Personal Selling. He worked in production for the Coleman Company for 14 years and owned and operated a lawn and landscap1586e business for 13 years. He also owned an ecommerce business that sold pool & billiard supplies.

Currently Matt is President of Alert Innovations LLC and is developing a residential water leak detector that is designed to detect water after only one drop. He can be contacted through his website;www.OneDropAlarm.com.

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Matt graduated from Wichita State University in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He dual majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and minored in Personal Selling. He Read More

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