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Advanced Arena
Frank Kuzler is president and senior analyst at Dedalus Consulting Inc., a publisher of industrial market research and an independent consultancy. He has over 20 years of experience as an analyst and consultant, and is well-versed in interpreting regulatory environments affecting advanced technology markets. He specializes in advanced materials such as ceramics, diamond-based products, nanomaterials, cutting tools, abrasives, and carbides; electronic components such as RF and microwave, frequency-control devices (e.g., quartz crystals, oscillators, resonators), and surge protection components and devices; and photonics (e.g., germanium, IR optics, CCD and CMOS image sensors, photo diodes). Kuzler is also a member of the New York State Bar.

He can be reached at (212) 709-8352 or

IP Columnist IP in Depth
Michael Gzybowski is an intellectual property attorney with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. He has over 25 years of experience, including serving as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prior to entering private practice. He can be reached at

Kiln Connection
Ralph Ruark is a registered professional engineer with degrees in ceramic engineering and business, and over three decades of experience in the ceramic industry. He formed Ruark Engineering Inc. in 1998 and serves as a technical consultant to a number of ceramic manufacturers and kiln companies. He is dedicated to assisting ceramic companies with a variety of kiln and firing needs, leading kiln analysis efforts, providing training expertise, and improving operations.

Ruark can be reached at (941) 730-2253, fax (941) 360-3211, e-mail or online at


Refractories Review
Dr. Charles Semler of Semler Materials Services, is an independent refractories consultant. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and has served as vice president—international and chairman of the Refractory Ceramics Division. He is a distinguished life member of UNITECR and received the Planje-St. Louis Refractories Award.

Dr. Semler can be reached at (520) 577-7752 or fax at (520) 577-3391.

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Lynn Bragg is president of the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI). Founded in 1919, the Washington, D.C. area-based GPI represents the North American glass container manufacturing industry. To find out more about the strong environmental position of glass containers, visit and sign up to receive the institute's monthly e-newsletter.

Freight Focus
George Muha is vice president of Sales for CHTL Logistics.

He hosts a blog at and can be reached via e-mail at


Ceramic Decorating
Sandra Spence serves as legislative liaison for the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro). As executive director of the SGCD from 1991 to 2001, she was instrumental in the development of voluntary guidelines still used in the industry today.

For additional details, or for information on joining SGCDpro, call (740) 588-9882 or visit


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