Title: Rubber technologist
Company: R.D. Abbott Co.
Why he was selected: The company credits his efforts for expanding its knowledge base of rubber's rheological behavior, specifically how it processes in molding, calendering and extrusion.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
I fell into the rubber industry by coincidence. Before working for R.D. Abbott I did not realize the full expanse of the industry; I figured that it was largely concentrated in the Midwest. After meeting the people at R.D. Abbott and becoming part of the team, it was the company and industry culture that convinced me to stay.
How did your company sell the rubber industry to you during the recruiting/hiring process?
It was a relief to see veterans with more than 30 years of experience enjoying their work and looking forward to the future. There is no better selling point, in my mind, than enjoying what you do and who you work with day after day.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
If possible, start in a lab. This industry evolves in response to a knowledge of well-developed individuals coupled with the application of new technological developments. Consequently, the value that a student can generate for a company is aligned with their hands-on experience.
Other interests: Travels back and forth to Mexico to visit his family, when possible, at least once a month.