Hemant Thakkar graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Polymer Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune. He then attended the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, and received his Masters Degree in Polymer Engineering, with a thesis specialization in Layered Silicate Nanocomposite Technology. After graduation in 2003, he joined Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. Akron, Ohio, as a Polymer Engineer and specialized on solid rubber compounding, formulation development and testing, while also working extensively with Mr Harry Bader, known as the Latex Doctor in Rubber Asia. From 2008 to 2010, he was Manager of Rubber Division in the Materials Laboratory at Greene Tweed & Co., Kulpsville, Pennsylvania, which manufactures high-end sealing systems for the Aerospace, Petroleum, Petrochemical and Semi-conductor industries. Presently he is working in his own company Rachana Rubber as Director, Technical Sales. He has a strong background in rubber and latex chemistry, material development, layered silicate nanocomposite technology and physical and analytical testing of polymer materials and finished parts, problem solving, quality control and process enhancement.