us synthetic history
Over its 30-year history, US Synthetic has worked with some of the largest names in oil and gas exploration. In the early days, US Synthetic focused on developing innovative proprietary cubic press technology for high-pressure, high-temperature diamond synthesis and manufacturing polycrystalline diamond cutters (PDC) for the oil and gas exploration industry. Read More
Jair Gonzales | General Manager
Having joined US Synthetic team in 1997 as a Diamond Machinist and continued on in numerous capacities, Jair brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the uses of diamond as an engineering material and its constantly expanding range of potential capabilities and applications for US Synthetic Bearings. As General Manager of the Bearings division, Jair is responsible for the development of the overall bearings business.
Jair received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as his MBA, at Brigham Young University.
Craig H. Cooley | Chief Engineer
Craig has been employed at US Synthetic Corporation for the past 11 years, and brings 25 years of experience in research, development and engineering to the US Synthetic Bearings division. As Chief Engineer at US Synthetic, Craig is responsible for the development of new technologies for the US Synthetic business. Previous to his work at US Synthetic, Craig conducted drilling research for Hughes Christensen Company, where he gained extensive R&D experience in oil and gas technologies. He has also conducted extensive contract research in rock mechanics at TerraTek Incorporated during his career.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah as well as a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. Craig is a registered professional engineer in the state of Utah.
Barrett Peterson | Product Development Engineer
Barrett currently serves as the Product Development Engineer for US Synthetic Bearings, working with customers to develop innovative solutions using polycrystalline diamonds (PCD). Barrett manages new products, coordinating timely prototype delivery, while providing excellent customer service. Barrett has worked at US Synthetic Corporation improving PCD manufacturing processes and providing engineering support for over 8 years and brings a strong understanding of the capabilities of PCD along with the
engineering expertise to implement the
product into new applications.
Barrett received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from University of Utah. Barrett is a registered professional engineer in the state of Utah.
Jeff Johns | Quality and Customer Service Manager
Jeff joined the US Synthetic Bearings team in 2007 as the Quality and Customer Service Manager. In this position, Jeff oversees the company's product quality and process engineering programs to ensure on-time delivery to meet customer needs. Previous to his time at US Synthetic Bearings, Jeff worked at US Synthetic Corporation for 16 years in the engineering, quality control and sales departments.
Jeff completed his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and received an MBA from Utah State University.
Marc Modersitzki | Marketing Director
Marc brings extensive marketing background to the US Synthetic Bearings team with 15 years of technology management and commercialization experience in advertising, marketing communications, public relations and project management. Marc has served as a managing supervisor at McCann Erickson, a marketing director at Sprout Marketing, a product marketing manager at The SCO Group, and a senior account executive at Brodeur Worldwide—working with technology clients including IBM, Microsoft, Micron, Novell, etc.
Marc holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA in technology management and commercialization from Westminster College.