SAN ANTONIO—This year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference is getting a little greener with its opening session keynote.
Debbie Mielewski, recently retired technical fellow of sustainability from Ford Motor Co., will deliver the keynote speech for the opening session of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry's 65th gathering in San Antonio Sept. 25.
In her keynote, she will present "recent thoughts on the roadblocks to achieving sustainability goals and (share) examples of progress and success," she said in a statement.
In Mielewski's 36-year tenure with Ford, she worked on automotive paints, polymer processing and new materials development at the company's Research and Innovation Center.
In 2000, she pioneered a biomaterials program at Ford. Her team was the first to demonstrate a soy-based foam for automotive seating, which led to the material being launched on the 2008 Mustang. And as of 2022, more than 15 industry-first, sustainable materials have appeared on Ford vehicles through her and the team's efforts.