DUSSELDORF, Germany—High-performance polymer manufacturer Covestro L.L.C. has given its Science Award to Newell Washburn of Carnegie-Mellon University for his pioneering work in the development of customized polymer formulations.
Covestro honored Washburn for a proprietary technology he developed in collaboration with Barnabas Poczos of Carnegie-Mellon in the university's Machine Learning Department, Covestro said in a press release.
That technology, the Hierarchal Machine Learning approach, leverages data analytics and simulation to more quickly determine polymer formulations that meet customer requirements, according to the company.
"Our collaboration with Dr. Washburn is the latest example of how Covestro is harnessing the promise of digitalization and innovation to address shorter product cycles and an increased demand for new products," said Covestro President and Managing Director Haakan Jonsson.
Washburn accepted the award at the Covestro Science Celebration at the K 2019 plastics and rubber show, held in Dusseldorf Oct. 16-23.