About Robert Hickman; President of Shadow Polymer
(President of Shadow Polymer)
Mr. Hickman is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with additional Polymer Engineering training from the University of Akron. His education further includes certifications in marketing from Cleveland State University, I.T. certifications from Edison Community College, Mold flow Corporation, Coretech Systems, CTRL Systems, AC Technologies, Ohio CAE Services, University of Akron Polymer Training Center, and the Solidworks Corporation.
Mr. Hickman has significant hands-on experience with productivity programs, product design, concurrent development and optimization, finite element analysis, various CAD/CAM/CAE softwares and Lean/Six Sigma principles.
A significant portion of Mr. Hickman’s experience in the polymer industry was obtained on the manufacturing floor, directing and consultingin a problem-solving environment. In addition to his hands-on experience, Mr. Hickman has taught a variety of polymer related courses at the University of Akron, participated in several beta testing programs for well-known softwares such as I-deas, Solidworks, C-Mold and Moldex3D. For several years, Mr. Hickman served as the Global Plastic Simulation Special Interest Group Chairman for the I-deas user group known as ICCON and served on the board of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Plastics Tooling Division).