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COMING SOON - Our 2015 Symposium Plenary and Opening Session Speaker List

2014 Plenary and Opening Session Speakers
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PLENARY SPEAKER - Dr. James Rawlins 

TITLE: The World of Surface Coatings is Centered Around the Glass Transition Temperature. But which one?

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.

Dr. Joseph LIchtenhan - Founder of Hybrid Plastics


TITLE: POSS Surfaces: How They Impact Biological and Industrial Polymer Coatings
Dr. Lichtenhan is a pioneer and world authority in the field of POSS® Nanostructured® Chemicals. His insights into their commercial utility launched the global sales for POSS® in 1998. Prior to starting Hybrid Plastics, he served for seven years as a Technical and Business Area Director for the Polymeric Components Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory Rocket Propulsion lab. He received his BS from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine. 



Steve and Beth McDaniel - Reactive Surfaces, LTD

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TITLE:  iPaint, uPaint, We All Paint!

Steve and Beth McDaniel are partners with TechnologyLitigators.com, and founders of Reactive Surfaces – the world’s leading bio-based functional coatings company known for its WMDtox™, DeGreez™ and ProteCoat® lines of functional coatings.  Their law firm co-authors the monthly intellectual property feature “iPaint” in Coatings World directed at coatings technology protection.