Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center

Advancing Polymers and Coatings Science

Industrial Advisory Council

The Polymers and Coatings Industrial Advisory Council is made up of leaders from the polymers and coatings industry.

Accomplishments

  • Raised over $1 million for Cal Poly's first endowed chair: the Arthur C. Edwards Endowed Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology (see above) 
  • Raised funds for equipment: to date over $150,000 raised for an equipment endowment making possible the purchase of a new Atomic Force Microscope, FT-IR spectrometer, UV and prohesion accelerated weathering equipment, and new Karl-Fischer titrator for VOC analysis 
  • Support research: to date over $350,000 raised for the Bill Moore Research Fellowship 
  • Raised $3 million to construct WCTC in Warren J. Baker. 
  • Raised $1.1 million for Kenneth N Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center Expansion

Goals

  • Support educational efforts
  • Provide mentorship for students

Industry Members

Todd Wirdzek (Chair)

Vice President
Kelly-Moore Paint Company
San Carlos, CA

Sam Abrami

Global Technical Manager
PPG Aerospace
Burbank, CA

Bob Ahn

President, Industrial Division
Horn Company
La Mirada, CA  

Chris Bruni

Global Manager, Manufacturing Design
Coatings and Inks
Apple, Inc.
Cupertino, CA  

Frank Butch

Accounts Manager, West
Lubrizol Corporation 
Wickliffe, OH

Steve Broadwater

North America Technical Service Manager, Coatings
GRACE Materials Technologies
Baltimore, MD

Joseph Cristiano

Chairman of the Board
The MCM Group
Pleasanton, CA

Gary Dombrowski

Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
Collegeville, PA

Melinda Forbes

Sr. Account Manager
J.F. Shelton Company
Covina, CA

John Gilbert

Senior Vice President, R&D
Behr Process Corporation
Santa Ana, CA

Trish Jones

Key Account Manager, West
DSM Coating Resins
Wilmington, MA

Howard Killilea

Global Technical Director
Valspar EPS Materials
Minneapolis, MN

Eunice Leung

Business Unit Manager
BYK USA Inc.
Fullerton, CA

David Mukoda

Senior Technical Marketing Consultant
Chemours
Wilmington, Delaware

Joan Pinder

San Luis Obispo, CA

Hamid Pourshirazi

Technical Director
Vista Paint Inc.
Fullerton, CA

Joseph Reilly

President
JCR Enterprises
Fullerton, CA

Scott Van Remortel

Technical Sales Manager
Unimin Specialty Minerals, Inc.
Spruce Pine, NC

Myron Shaffer

Director, Product and Technical Service, NAFTA
Covestro Corporation
Pittsburgh, PA

Chris Wessels

Vice President, Product Development
Dunn-Edwards Corporation
Los Angeles, CA

 

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Cal Poly Members

Dean Wendt

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Ruzena Brar

Director of Advancement
College of Science and Mathematics

Seth Bush

Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Ray Fernando

Arthur C. Edwards Endowed Chair
Director, Western Coatings Technology Center
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Derek Gragson

Associate Dean
College of Science and Mathematics

Chad Immoos

Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Dane Jones

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Andres Martinez

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Erik Sapper

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Shanju Zhang

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

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