Melvin R. Kantz, Ph.D., holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemistry. He earned his doctorate in Materials Engineering by researching and publishing on the fracture of fiber reinforced plastics. Dr. Kantz has over thirty years of technical and management experience with companies such as Monsanto, Shell, Congoleum and Ferro. He was the Director of Research and Development at Ferro Advanced Composites in Los Angeles and Technical Director at M.C. Gill Corp. in El Monte.
As a member of the professional staff of Consulting Engineers & Scientists, Inc., he manages the West Coast office and laboratory. Dr. Kantz consults with clients in matters involving chemical and physical hazards, regulatory compliance, labels and warnings, product liability, and failure of non-metallic materials. His typical investigations involve workplace and consumer exposures to chemical and physical hazards, regulatory compliance, labels and warnings, products liability, and intellectual property.
Additional credentials include Master level certification in Hazardous Materials Management (CHMM) and registration by California EPA, Office of Health Hazard Assessment as a Registered Environmental Assessor (REA -1). He is a member of the American Chemical Society. He co-founded and served as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers and he is also a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee F13 for Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear. Dr. Kantz also teaches elementary, general, and organic Chemistry courses at El Camino College in Torrance, CA, Harbor College in Wilmington, CA and Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA.