International Symposium on Fireworks Society
VP and Secretary
Dr. Schneider is president of Rho Sigma Associates, a scientific and engineering consulting firm in the U.S., which he co-founded in 1974. He provides expertise in pyrotechnics and explosives to a diverse group of clients. With regards to fireworks, he is primarily interested in fireworks physics (or should that be fireworks fysics, or perhaps, phireworks physics?), but has been known to do R&D on pyrotechnic compositions and devices, laboratory analysis and testing, hazards evaluation and assessment, and accident investigation. Dr. Schneider holds a Ph.D. degree in physical inorganic chemistry with minors in physics and mechanical engineering (UWM, 1982).
VP, Treasurer and Director, Asian Section - China
Mr. Andrew Tang, BSc. MPhil, CChem. FRSC, UK Registered Chemist, is currently General Manager of TCPL. Mr. Tang is a Charter Chemist specialized in Analytical Chemistry and has more than 35 years’ experience in the quality assurance industry. Mr. Tang currently serves in China National Fireworks Standardization Committee, Deputy Secretary General of International Fireworks Association (IFA), member of expert committee of IFA, member of US AOAC, sub-committee of International Laboratory Management and Fellowship of UK Royal Chemistry Society. He has been managing complex testing projects and control programs in the fields of Fireworks, Toys, Household products, Environmental Monitoring Program, Food Production and Cosmetic Manufacturing. He was Chief in factory evaluation for fireworks manufacturing, Food and Drugs manufacturing and Medical Devices manufacturing base on cGMP/HACCP requirements. The first expert who brought testing to China fireworks industry. He has been the program manager of China Fireworks Testing program since 1994 for American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL). Mr. Tang has successfully established a quality assurance system for many factories and trading companies applying modules C, D and E under CE Directives 2007/23/EC and 2013/29/EU.