Plating Clinic
Art Kushner

Art Kushner

Dr. Art Kushner started his career in metal finishing when he was seven years old working with his dad, Dr. Joseph B. Kushner. The family, living in Pennsylvania, converted their garage to a plating laboratory. His early assignments included setting up and operating small plating baths in chemical beakers, and cleaning up the lab.

Art received his B.A. from the University of Evansville and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. After spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago he embarked on a career that included teaching and industrial positions. During this period he earned a MBA degree from Cleveland State University.

Art and his family moved to California after a particularly cold and snowy winter in Cleveland. A short time after this move, he and his wife, Bobby, started the expansion of his father's training school, the Kushner Electroplating School. The school grew in size and eventually was sold to Technic Inc. in 2008. He currently resides in the San Francisco area with his wife, grandchildren, roses and garden.

He continues to write this column and answer reader questions for Products Finishing. He also enjoys travel—his goal to visit all 50 states was recently completed after visiting North Dakota. Have a question for Art? Send him an email.

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