PITTSBURGH—The ACS Rubber Division has chosen a professor from the University of Akron to receive its Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given out by the technical organization.
Judit Puskas, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was announced as the winner during the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Pittsburgh. She is the first woman to receive the award and she will accept the medal at the group's spring meeting next spring in Beachwood, Ohio.
Puskas received a doctorate in plastics and rubber technology in 1985 and a master's in organic and biochemical engineering in 1977 from the Technical University of Budapest in Hungary. Her advisers were Professors Ferenc Tudos and Tibor Kelen of Hungary, and Professor Joseph P. Kennedy, himself a Charles Goodyear medalist from the University of Akron. The arrangement was part of a collaboration between the National Science Foundation in the U.S. and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
She started her academic career in 1996. Before that she was involved in polymer research and development in the microelectronic, paint and rubber industries. Her current interests include the integration of breast reconstruction and cancer research; green polymer chemistry; biomimetic processes and biomaterials; living/controlled polymerizations; polymerization mechanisms and kinetics; thermoplastic elastomers and polymer structure/property relationships; and probing the polymer-bio interface.