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Kyle Hamar[edit]


Plant Manager[1], Chemist[2], Materials Scientist, Skeptic.

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I proudly support the work of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, where all edits are open and transparent and secondary references are more important than your belief system on any one subject. Editors with similar interest should work together on articles. I firmly support the intent of Wikipedia to bring people together on topics and work toward common goals in an open and transparent manner. I will continue to help in this regard.


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Shinano was an aircraft carrier built by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, the largest one built up to that time. Laid down in May 1940 as the third of the Yamato-class battleships, the ship's partially complete hull was ordered to be converted to a carrier following Japan's disastrous loss of four fleet carriers at the Battle of Midway in mid-1942. Her conversion was still incomplete in November 1944 when she was ordered to sail from the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal to Kure Naval Base to complete her fitting out and to transfer a load of 50 Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka rocket-propelled kamikaze flying bombs. Hastily dispatched with an inexperienced crew and serious design and construction flaws, the ship had inadequate pumps, no fire-control systems, and no carrier aircraft. She was sunk en route, just 10 days after commissioning, on 29 November 1944, by four torpedoes from the US Navy submarine Archerfish. Over a thousand sailors and civilians were rescued, but some 1,435 were lost, including her captain. She remains the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine. (Full article...)

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Early work[edit]

Graduate research at Tulane University included laser photo-kinetics of group I elements[3] and semiconductor precursor materials.[4][5][6]

Early career[edit]

  • Supervisor, Texas Instruments Silicon Engineering Technology Center.
  • Supervisor and Manager at Ashland Specialty Chemical.
  • Site Manager for Houghton Fluidcare


Plant Manager, Kanto Corporation.

Recent professional focus has involved process safety and associated regulations.

29 CFR Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration
40 CFR Environmental Protection Agency
49 CFR Department of Transportation/National Transportation Safety Board
State and Local Codes (varies)
National Standards
API American Petroleum Institute
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (REGAGEP)
This may include other code requirements and or good Engineering (best practices) considerations not mentioned above.
All manufacturers’ written instructions, requirements, and recommendations.

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  1. ^ "Kanto Corporation". Kanto Corporation. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "MS Degrees Awarded". Tulane University. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Panayotov, Valentin; Kyle Hamar, Clarence Red, Teresa L T Birdwhistell, Brent Koplitz (1998-05). "Selective ionization of group I elements from laser ablated plumes of Rb #x2219;Ga #x2219;Sb, K3Ga3As4, and K4In4As6". Journal of Applied Physics 83 (9): 4974–4979. doi:10.1063/1.367300. ISSN 0021-8979.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Panayotov, Valentin G.; Kyle Hamar, Teresa L. T. Birdwhistell, Brent D. Koplitz (1995-09-25). Janice M. Hicks, Wilson Ho, Hai-Lung Dai (eds.), eds. III-V semiconductor thin films via laser ablation/ionization of I-III-V Zintl-phase materials. pp. 328–341. doi:10.1117/12.221486. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  5. ^ Koplitz, Brent D.; Valentin G. Panayotov, Kyle Hamar, Kurt Birdwhistell, Lynn V. Koplitz, Teresa L. T. Birdwhistell, Xiaodong Xu, Subhash Deshmukh, Jeffrey L. Brum, James Lee (1993-03-16). Dim-Lee Kwong, Heinrich G. Mueller (eds.), eds. <title>Using lasers to understand and control the chemistry of semiconductor-related precursors</title>. pp. 79–86. doi:10.1117/12.142079. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  6. ^ Panayotov, Valentin; Kyle Hamar, Teresa L T Birdwhistell, Clarence Red, Jennifer Dillon, David Dennison, Anthony P. Barnes, Brent Koplitz (1995-04). "Selective removal of potassium from K4In4Sb6 via laser ablation/ionization". Applied Physics Letters 66 (17): 2241–2243. doi:10.1063/1.113179. ISSN 0003-6951.  Check date values in: |date= (help)