Each year, SPE recognizes outstanding contributions to the plastics industry as part of its Annual Awards Program. All awards will be presented at ANTEC 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 27, 2014.
2013 Award Recipients
The SPE International AwardSponsored by the Engineering Properties & Structures Division
The International Award is the highest award given by SPE. Awarded for lifetime achievements in the plastics industry, this year’s recipient is Dr. Benny Freeman, the Robert B. Curran Centennial Chair in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr Freeman is being honored for his contributions to plastics engineering, research, technology, service, and education in polymer membranes for low-energy gas and liquid separations. Freeman joined the UT Austin faculty in 2002 from North Carolina State University. In 2009 he formed the Austin-based startup, Advanced Hydro, Inc. The company delivers high-performance membranes and optimized pre-treatment processes for purifying and reclaiming oil and gas related wastewater and the desalination of brackish groundwater or seawater for drinking or industrial use.
Freeman received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and given the Roy W. Tess Award in coatings. Freeman’s research focuses on polymers and polymer-based composite materials, with particular emphasis on the transport of small molecules in polymers, which finds applications in areas such as gas separations, liquid separations, water purification and barrier packaging. His research has been commercialized in both the gas and water purification arenas, contributing water purification filters and energy-efficient membranes for gas separation, such as the purification of natural gas.
Business Management AwardSponsored by the SPE Marketing & Management Division and Maguire, Inc.
The 2013 SPE Business Management Award recipient is Tim G. Taylor, who is being recognized for his achievement in numerous management positions with Chevron Phillips. Taylor currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Commercial, Marketing, Transportation and Business Development at Phillips 66. A chemical engineer, Taylor has more than 35 years experience in the chemical, and oil and gas industries. Before being named to his current role, he served as chief operating officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.
Taylor began his career in the chemical industry with Eastman Chemical in Longview, Texas. He joined Phillips Petroleum Company, Plastics Division in 1980, and served in various assignments in chemicals and plastics. From 1990 to 1992, he was president of Phillips Recycling Company in Tulsa, OK. In 1992, Taylor moved to Houston to manage K-Resin Marketing. One year later, he was named president of Phillips Pipeline Company, and in 1995, he returned to chemicals and plastics, where he held several management positions prior to the merger of Phillips Chemical and Chevron Chemical in 2000. Taylor is a native of El Dorado, KS and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
The Fred E. Schwab Education AwardSponsored by the Detroit Section and the Automotive Division
The Education Award is given each year in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contributions in the field of education. This year’s recipient is Dr. Robert Y. Lochhead. He joined the University of Southern Mississippi as an Associate Professor in 1990 and has chaired the Department of Polymer Science since 1993. He serves as Principal Investigator of the NSF funded ‘Multinational Partnership to Incite Innovation’, and Director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at USM. Prior to joining the university, Lochhead’s industrial career spanned 25 years – four years with the Nobel Division of I.C.I., 10 years with Unilever Research, and 11 years with the Specialty Polymer and Chemicals Division of BFGoodrich.
Lochhead is the author of about 300 scientific papers and 22 patents, some for polymers that are used extensively in topical delivery of therapeutics and in cosmetics. His current research is focused on the development of new rapid robotic, combinatorial and computational methods for Formulation Science and the development of cyberinfrastructure to support global sharing of robotic equipment. His interests extend to the innovation and global introduction of consumer goods, intellectual property law, and the K-16 science education of under-represented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students and their teachers.
The Research/Engineering Technology Award
Being recognized for his outstanding contributions in Research and Engineering Technology is Dr. Robert R. Gallucci, a Chief Scientist with SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Over his 36+ years in the plastics industry, he has developed many new commercial thermoplastic products, often using extruder chemistry and polymer blend compatibilization. He has cumulative product sales of well over 2 billion dollars and his product technology is practiced around the world. Dr. Gallucci has written three book chapters, 39 technical papers (including 23 ANTEC papers) and holds over 100 US patents with 132 different co-inventors, including Dan Fox the inventor of LEXANTM polycarbonate.
Gallucci’s Ph.D. work in Mechanistic Organic Chemistry was done at Princeton University; his undergraduate degree is from The City College of NY. Bob has been a member of the SPE since 1985 and is a registered patent agent. Over the years he has been involved in the recruiting and training of many new technologists and has been a key member of numerous multidisciplinary technology teams.