Title: Senior scientist
Company: Lion Elastomers
Why he was selected: Leads the development of new products for wire and cable applications, and chairs the Membership Committee of the ACS Rubber Division.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
I was working on the plastics side of wire & cable, when I was asked to attend the Rubber Expo in 2005. After attending the technical sessions and listening to industry experts, I was inspired to shift direction toward the rubber industry. My interest deepened as I visited booths and learned more about the wide range of materials and applications which rubber goes in to.
How did your company sell the rubber industry to you during the recruiting/hiring process?
None of the companies I've worked for have actually had to sell me on the industry. I was born and raised near Akron, had relatives who worked in Akron for Goodyear and Firestone, and I received my engineering degree from the University of Akron. The influence of "The Rubber Capital of the World" has been present most of my life in one way or another.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
Rubber is an essential industry that is not going away. We need a pipeline full of young scientists and engineers who will take the industry through its next 50 years. Don't be afraid to participate in the many active regional rubber groups that provide opportunities for networking and professional development. I would encourage students to get involved in one of these organizations, as they are great forums to learn about the industry. Many of these organizations also offer scholarships to support academic endeavors as well.
Other interests: Collects autographed sports memorabilia.