Dr. Kyle Jordan, Ph.D., BCE

Global Product Development Manager


“New Product Innovations – The Research and Development Process”
A discussion on the requirements for the registration of modern pest control products – R&D timelines, efficacy and safety studies and risk assessment reports.

Dr. Kyle Jordan began his pest control experience while studying at Ohio State, where he investigated human perceptions of insects and pesticide use and worked on product development and testing for a variety of manufacturers. He then joined the Whitmire Micro-Gen research team, where his main responsibility was termite product field research. After BASF and Whitmire joined forces, Kyle became a member of the BASF technical team, where he field tested products, trained PMPs, and provided technical support for BASF Pest Control Solutions products. He is currently the Global Product Development manager for Termite, GIC, and Rodent products for North America, working hard to help BASF bring innovative solutions to your businesses. This is Dr. Jordan’s first appearance at the New York Pest Expo. We are grateful to our friends at BASF  for sponsoring his presentation.

Dr. Grzegorz Buczkowski, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor and Director, Industrial Affiliates Program

Department of Entomology

Purdue University

“Building a Better Mousetrap”
A presentation  on the results of field studies seeking to improve the efficacy of bait stations and multiple-catch traps. Practical considerations to improve rodent devices through bait selection, luring techniques and device design.

Dr. Buczkowski has over 15 years of field and laboratory experience with all major urban pests including ants, cockroaches, termites, and bed bugs.  Dr. Buczkowski’s work in urban entomology started in 1996 at Rhone-Poulenc Agricultural Company in Research Triangle Park, NC where he performed pioneering work on fipronil bait for fire ant control.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University, followed by a post-doctoral position at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Buczkowski joined the Department of Entomology at Purdue University in 2004 where he is currently Research Associate Professor and Director of the Industrial Affiliates Program.  His main research focus is on the ecology, behavior, and genetics of urban pest species, with emphasis on invasive ants.  He is responsible for developing research and testing programs in collaboration with leading industry partners.  Dr. Buczkowski has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications and numerous extension publications and presented over 80 papers at scientific and industry meetings.  Dr. Buczkowski’s work in urban entomology has been recognized by numerous awards including a scholarship from Phi Chi Omega, a scholarship from the North Carolina Pest Control Association, and a Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the Entomological Society of America. This is Dr. Buczkowski’s first appearance at the New York Pest Expo. We are grateful to our friends at Syngenta Professional Products for sponsoring his presentation.


Dr. Jamel Sandidge, Ph.D.

Rockwell Labs
“The Science of Green:”
The science behind botanical insecticides, formulation types and proper methods of use. An exploration of other non-botanical “green” options.
From a child who performed experiments on insects and spiders, to an adult who just could not shake his childhood fascination; some things never change. Dr Jamel Sandidge has been involved in multiple levels of the pest management industry for the last 16 years.  He has developed a gift for simplifying complex subjects, complicated regulations, and difficult challenges in pest management. Since 2013, Dr. Sandidge has been a Research Entomologist at Rockwell Labs Ltd and is responsible for product research and development, and operates an insect rearing and testing facility. As a graduate student at the University of Kansas he introduced the world to the urban ecology and genetics of brown recluse spiders, while starting a pest management company in his spare time. He owned and operated BRS Pest Control and Consulting for 9 years, focusing primarily on difficult pest manage cases, earning his company the moniker of “The Persistent Pest Specialists” Dr Sandidge is the author of Brown Recluse Spiders: A Knowledge-Based Guide to Control and Elimination, and the inventor of the DustRODTM dusting extension and the LumaTACTM tactical flashlight holder. This is Dr. Sandidge’s first appearance at the New York Pest Expo. We are grateful to our friends at Rockwell Labs for sponsoring his presentation.

Dr. Freder Medina, Ph.D., BCE

Technical Services Representative – Western, USA

BASF Corp.

“Understanding Ant Behavior”
The latest scanning electron microscopy studies on feeding behavior and the colony. An introduction to the concept of “rings of protection” for optimum results. An overview of products with proven transfer effects.

Dr. Freder Medina is a native of Santa Clara, Cuba. In 1990, he worked on his first entomology project: “The Study of Insect Pollinators Visiting Wild Orchids and Other Epiphyte Plant Species in the Central Region of Cuba”.  In 1996, he received his BS in Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Central de Las Villas. During this time (1990s) he specialized in biological control and worked on the mass production and release of two parasitoid wasps against the fall armyworm in corn. In 1996, he and his family were granted political asylum status and settled in Austin, Texas. He soon joined ABC Pest and Commercial Services (formerly ABC Pest Control) where he obtained his Texas pest control operator license. In May, 2010 he received his Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in Entomology from Texas A&M University. That same year, he moved to his current home in Phoenix, AZ to work as the western regional technical director for Home Team Pest Defense. In 2012, he joined BASF and is currently BASF’s Technical Services Representative for western USA. This is Dr. Medina’s first appearance at the New York Pest Expo. We are grateful to our friends at BASF for sponsoring his presentation.


Dr. Kurt Vandock, Ph.D.
Bayer, ES
“Zika and General Mosquito Control”
Up-to-the-minute report on Zika distribution, clinical features and transmission. What are our options for control?  A proposal for readiness and planning for vector-borne diseases.

Dr. Kurt Vandock, Ph.D, is a leading entomologist who serves as a Senior Scientist in  Bayer’s Environmental Science division. Vandock helps plan and direct the development of new active ingredients and the continued expansion of existing products for Bayer. Vandock discovered and developed his interest in vector control while serving as a captain in the United States Army. During this time, Vandock also served as a professor at Houghton College.  In 2012-2013, Vandock was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as an army entomologist and executive officer for his unit. Vandock is a frequent contributor at national and international conferences on vector control and entomology. He is extensively published in academic journals and serves as a reviewer on several prestigious scientific publications. Vandock works with Bayer partners across the globe on issues related to public health and vector-borne disease. Most recently, Vandock attended the White House/CDC Zika Action Plan Summit engaging with other scientific experts on the role of vector control in preventing the spread of Zika. Vandock received his bachelor’s in biology and doctorate in biological sciences from Bowling Green State University. He maintains his commission as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. This is Dr. Vandock’s first appearance at the New York Pest Expo. We are grateful to our friends at Bayer for sponsoring his presentation.

Dr. Matt Frye, Ph.D.

Cornell University
“Flies and Bed Bugs: These Insects Bite!”
Why they feed on blood – shared adaptations among blood feeders – a comparative study. Bite marks and pest ID controversies. An update on best management practices.

Dr. Matt Frye is an Extension Educator with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. He provides education and conducts research related to pest management in and around buildings. Dr. Frye received his Master’s and PhD in entomology from the University of Delaware and previously worked as an urban entomologist in the pest management industry. This is Matt’s first appearance at the New York Pest Expo.


Lou Sorkin, BCE,

Entsult Associates

Youth Will be Served

The immature stages of insects are important.  Arthropod metamorphosis is a process by which the animal changes behavior and often a different nutrition source. The different types of metamorphosis include complete metamorphosis (“holometaboly”), incompletemetamorphosis (“hemimetaboly”), or no metamorphosis (“ametaboly”).Lou’s presentation includes a tasting of many of the immature insects used for human consumption.  If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em!

Since 1978 Lou has provided entomological expertise to homeowners, businesses, associations and institutions. He has been involved in cases regarding species identification, pest management and infestations as well as the diagnosis of bites and stings as they apply to various aspects of applied, medical, veterinary, and forensic entomology.  Lou  works extensively with pest management companies to implement integrated pest management programs for their clients.  Lou is a specialist in entomophagy (the practice of using insects as food). Today’s lecture includes a tasting. Lou has made more presentations at the New York Pest Expo than any other speaker (regardless of age).

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