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Ken Bertagnolli

Vice President R&D

Corporate executive with 10 years experience specializing in innovation, research, and product development. Strength in applying lean principles to new product and process development. Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams to achieve remarkable results.


Vice President Research & Development  
US Synthetic, January 2002 to Present, Utah United States
Responsible for advancing the science and technology of advanced materials for the world's leading producer of polycrystalline diamond cutters (PDC) for oil and gas drilling.

Senior Research Engineer  
US Synthetic, January 1996 to January 2002

Developed new polycrystalline diamond cutters (PDC) for major oilfield service companies.

Graduate Research Assistant  
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 1993 to January 1996

Developed combustion chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system for growth of high-quality polycrystalline diamond films.

Research Assistant  
Space Dynamics Laboratory, January 1990 to January 1993, Utah United States
(Aerospace & Defense)
Designed, built and tested cryogenic cooling systems for space-based infrared instruments.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 1993 to Jul, 1996
Dissertation: Investigation of Stagnation-Flow Diamond-Forming Flames Using Advanced Laser Diagnostics. Advisor: Dr. Robert P. Lucht

Utah State University  
Master Of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 1991 to Jan, 1993
Thesis: Thermal Modeling of the Orbiting SPAS-III Imaging Radiometer and Spectrometer Advisor: Dr. J. Claire Batty


Non-destructive testing of polycrystalline diamond cutters using dc electrical conductivity imaging     
Published by (Measurement Science and Technology)
Authors: Ken Bertagnolli.  Published January 01, 2009

Control of Exaggerated Tungsten Carbide Grain Growth at the Diamond-Substrate Interface of Polycryst     
Published by (International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials)
Authors: Ken Bertagnolli, Deb Mukhopadhyay.  Published May 01, 2011