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Dr. James W. Rawlins 

Associate Professor
The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Polymers & High Performance Materials

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James W. Rawlins earned his B.S. in Polymer Science in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1999, from The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss).  His professional career began as technical director with Highland International, Inc., in Boone, NC, a protective coatings manufacturer.  In 2000, he joined Bayer Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, as a senior research chemist and in 2002, was promoted to technical marketing director for Europe in Leverkusen, Germany.  Dr. Rawlins joined Southern Miss as assistant professor of Polymer Science and Engineering in 2004 and was promoted to associate professor in 2009.  He presently directs a 30+ member research team that includes 10 graduate students.  He has published 29 peer-reviewed articles; authored more than 95 scientific presentations, 66 conference papers, and 22 poster presentations; lectured at numerous short courses; and holds 8 U.S. and 3 European patents.  Dr. Rawlins research efforts have gained notable recognition and received the American Coatings Show Best Paper Award in 2008.  His research focuses on corrosion control; functional coatings; synthesis and characterization; and structure-property relationships for polymer matrices in surface coatings, composites, and adhesives.

Address: 118 College Drive Box 5217
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Phone: 601-266-5618




About the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials                                                       

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering and in Sports and High Performance Materials. The goal of our undergraduate and graduate program is to educate incoming students in the theory and practice of polymer science, which is revolutionary and changing the face of our society. Students in all of our degree programs receive valuable training for a career in academia, commerce and manufacture which process and use polymeric materials. The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has always pursued excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies and many of our former students hold prominent positions in many scientific and technical organizations. Our graduates are found in all corners of the nation.