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A Day in the Life of Andrea Collazo

Andrea photoI grew up in the small town of Potosi, Missouri. Growing up I always had a passion for math and science and decided to attend the University of Missouri – Rolla where I graduated with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering in 2002.

The majority of my work experience is in flat rolled sheet (aluminum and steel). I have worked for Wise Alloys, U.S. Steel, Crown Holdings, and Novelis. I am currently working for Aleris in Lewisport, KY where I am one of the Product Engineers in the Product Technology department. Very exciting times in Lewisport with the current expansion of the facilities and the new products it will bring. I have been married now for almost 10 years and have two beautiful children. I enjoy outdoor activities like camping, canoeing, and hiking.

1) Give us a quick overview of your job. (Types of analysis you perform.)

As a product engineer I am responsible for the metallurgical practices for the various products. These practices are ultimately the “recipes” for how to process the aluminum through the plant from casting through finishing to achieve the metallurgical characteristics and mechanical properties required by our customers. I work with the process engineers and operations on our processes to optimize these practices. I also work with our customers to ensure proper material selection for their product and trouble shooting and analysis on any problem material.

2) What are some things that happen for you in a typical day at work?

Every day seems to bring something new. Some days are filled with running trials out in the plant and evaluating the outcomes. Some days are filled with analyzing data and trying to make process or practice improvements for a customer or certain product.

3) How does your job impact the markets you serve?

We want to ensure that we create a “recipe” for each of our products that provides consistent quality results to our customer every time. We want to provide solutions and support for our customer needs and inquiries.

4) How do you interact with Secat, Inc. and how does the relationship benefit you?

I interact with Secat on a regular basis for material analysis both on internal related mill issues and on customer inquiries. We rely on Secat’s longstanding experience and expertise to aid in root cause analysis and long term projects and studies.

5) Tell us something about yourself (outside of the industry) that people may not know.

I love to run! I have run four half marathons and fulfilled my dream of finishing a full marathon this past October.

For more information on the products and services that Secat provides, please contact Todd Boggess at or 859-514-4989.


May 30, 2016 Posted by | Blog Posts | , , , | Leave a comment

Secat Conducts Training Course at Skana Aluminum

Skana LogoIn March, Secat representatives traveled to Manitowic, Wisconsin to conduct a training course for Skana Aluminum. The one-day course, offered to all plant personnel, focused on the basic understanding of aluminum and its alloys. Participants gathered in the company’s training room and were introduced to aluminum’s characteristics, alloy system, processes, forms and applications. The employees represented all departments including human resources, marketing and sales, engineering and production. Employees left with a broad understanding of the manufacturing process and learned about the various
tempers and designations of aluminum along with commercial factors that influence buying behavior.

The course allows operators and engineers to apply what was learned in the classroom directly to their job, thus improving their knowledge and increasing productivity. The course was highly interactive with a lot of discussions between the employees and the trainers focused on specific questions related to the practices at the plant and how process and product improvements could be made focusing on continuous improvement.

Thank you to Skana Aluminum for their hospitality and participation! If you would also like to host a private class at your plant, please contact Todd Boggess at or call him at 859-514-4989.

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Secat’s Issue #3 of Aluminum WrapUp Launches This Week!

Issue #3 of Secat’s Aluminum WrapUp Newsletter has officially launched!! Look for it in your Mailbox and Inbox this week! We would love to hear your comments! Please let us hear your feedback!

August 15, 2013 Posted by | Blog Posts | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aluminum Industry Collaboration

fabrics crew lgSecat staff (Shridas Ningileri and Alfred Wang) along with Dale Chittum (Aramark), Bob Brewer and Bryan Brewer (Steel Grip), Mark Eliopulos (Kaiser), Paul Sohi (The Aluminum Association), and Randy Shafer (Kentucky Smelting Technology) evaluated the performance of various clothing/dress fabrics and their resistance to molten aluminum today. The research is being conducted by Secat on behalf of the Aluminum Association’s Primary Division.

December 2, 2012 Posted by | Blog Posts | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment