CINCINNATI — The Shepherd Color Co. recently announced that Joel Houmes, Ph.D., has been promoted to R&D Manager. Houmes has been an R&D Chemist at Shepherd Color since 1996 after earning his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Houmes’ promotion succeeds the retirement of Dr. Geoffrey Peake, who was with Shepherd Color for 33 years.

In Houmes’ 25 years with the company, he has developed several new products and has helped in improving and optimizing R&D processes. In recent years, Houmes has been extremely involved in the optimization of, and search for new additives for laser direct structuring (LDS). In his role as R&D Manager, he will oversee the R&D laboratory and staff to create new and optimize current pigments that support color, functional and other properties for a wide range of applications.

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