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. 

Goals

  • Support educational efforts  
  • Raise $1 million for Western Coatings Technology Center expansion

Industry Members

Mark Minamyer (Chair)

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

John Gilbert

Vice President
Behr Process Corporation 
Santa Ana, CA

Chris Bruni

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

James Calkin

Vice President
Horn Company
La Mirada, CA 

Myron Shaffer

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

Joseph Cristiano

Chairman of the Board
The MCM Group
Pleasanton, CA

Melinda Forbes

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

Thomas Hanna

Technical Service Consultant
Chemours Company
Wilmington, DE

Patricia Jones

Key Account Manager, West
DSM Coating Resins
Wilmington, MA

Joseph Tashjian

Vice President, G.M. -Operations
Ellis Paint Company
Los Angeles, CA

Eunice Leung

Business Line Manager
BYK USA Inc.
Fullerton, CA

Frank Butch

Accounts Manager, West
Lubrizol Corporation
Wickliffe, OH

Joan Pinder

San Luis Obispo, CA

Joseph Reilly

President
JCR Enterprises
Fullerton, CA

Scott Van Remortel

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

Howard Killilea

Global Technical Director
Valspar EPS Materials
Minneapolis, MN

Hamid Pourshirazi

Technical Director
Vista Paint Inc.
Fullerton, CA

Gary Velikanje

President
Wood Kote Products, Inc.
Portland, OR

Todd Wirdzek

Vice President
Kelly-Moore Paint Company
San Carlos, CA

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Cal Poly Members

Philip S. Bailey

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

Shanju Zhang

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

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