Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Kansas, 1997
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Pott College of Science and Engineering, University of Southern Indiana, 2013
  • Research Assistant, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 1997-2002
  • Teaching Assistant, Chemistry, University of Kansas, 1996-1997
Professional Honors
  • Awarded 12 company awards for examples of exceptional performance, General Electric Plastics, (2003-2010)
  • Most Valuable Player, Analytical Sciences, General Electric Plastics (2006)
  • American Chemical Society Travel Award for graduate students (2002)
  • Fassnacht Scholarship in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 1996
  • Clark E. Bricker Scholarship in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 1995
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society, 1993-1997
Professional Affiliations
  • American Chemical Society, Member
  • Society of Plastics Engineers, Member

Dr. Manica specializes in polymer manufacturing and industrial applications of polymers, with an emphasis in materials characterization, product development, and quality assurance. He has over 20 years of proven experience working in the polymer industry in areas including R&D strategy, polymer design, quality management systems, quality assurance strategy, manufacturing, and operational excellence.

As a quality systems leader and internal quality auditor, Dr. Manica is intimately familiar with regulatory and QMS requirements within the polymer and materials supply chains, such as ISO 9001, IATF 16949, AIAG Core Tools, ISO-IEC 17025, ISO 14001, and GMP requirements. He applies his technical expertise and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to drive operational excellence and continuous improvement in diverse industrial business processes, such as product development, operations, and sales and marketing activities. Dr. Manica is skilled in the application and interpretation of analytical laboratory techniques to solve material problems, and drive efficiency and quality in industrial manufacturing and business processes. His laboratory specializations include gas/liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy, electron/optical microscopy, elemental, and thermal analyses, as well as method development, transfer, and validation protocols. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Manica held various senior leadership positions at GE Plastics / SABIC, Holland Colours Americas, and DSM Engineering Materials / Envalior, guiding regional and global teams of scientists and engineers in R&D and Quality processes. Dr. Manica was an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Indiana, Evansville and has instructed chemistry courses at Penn State University and The University of Kansas. Additionally, he has taught short courses in statistical analysis, experimental design and analysis, and problem-solving methodologies (TOPS 8D, RCA/CAPA tools).

Dr. Manica earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Penn State University after graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. His doctoral thesis focused on development of microfluidic separations-based sensors for cellular analysis. Through the course of his studies, he published novel techniques to fabricate and utilize nanofabricated capillary electrophoretic microchips with electrochemical detection for the analysis of exocytosis from individual neurons, and he elucidated the photochemical stability and degradation products of fluorescent and electroactive markers for biological compounds.