AKRON—A new book is being published honoring the accomplishments and legacy of longtime polymer science and chemistry Professor Joseph P. Kennedy.
Kennedy, who has taught for 50 years at The University of Akron's School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, has authored five books, more than 700 industry publications and has more than 700 patents to his name. He is a pioneer of the prestigious program and "one of the most prolific academic inventors in the country," according to a release from the University of Akron.
The upcoming book, "Macromolecular Engineering: Design, Synthesis and Application of Polymers," was written and edited by former students (Alex Lubnin and Gabor Erdodi) and is intended as a resource for scientists. The idea for the book came in May 2018 following a UA symposium as a way to honor Kennedy's 90th birthday.
"While the lectures were highly technical, the speakers recognized their erstwhile mentor who guided them not only in polymer science but also in nontechnical matters to become highly successful professionals," the preface to the book states. "For former students, postdocs, visiting scientists and visitors, Professor Kennedy has become a role model not only in the technical field but also personally. For many of us, we are fortunate to call him a friend and be a part of his extended family. He inspired us to have a lifetime hunger for knowledge, values for compassion, philanthropy, hard work, bravery, integrity, and commitment."
According to UA, the publication "explores the role of macromolecular engineering in the development of polymer systems with engineered structures that offer the desired combination of properties for advanced applications."
Kennedy remains active in his research and as an inspiration for students. One of his most widely known inventions is the polystyrene-polyisobutylene-polystyrene thermoplastic elastomer, or SIBS, used by Boston Scientific on cardiovascular stents.