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New ChE Department Head Receives Major AICHE Award

John Klier

John Klier

John Klier, the new head of our Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, received an “Industrial Research and Development Award” at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting, held from November 8 to13 in Salt Lake City. This award recognizes individuals or teams working in the industries served by chemical engineers for innovation that has resulted in the successful commercial development of new products and/or new processes for making useful products.

In September of 2015, Klier’s alma mater, Purdue University, also presented him with its 2015 Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award.

Klier took over as head of the UMass ChE department on October 25. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Klier joins the university from The Dow Chemical Co., where he was serving as global research and development director for the Performance Materials and Chemicals Segment.

Klier joined Dow’s corporate R&D laboratories in 1989. He served in various R&D roles in the areas of microemulsion technology for consumer and industrial product formulations, specialty coatings, water soluble polymers, specialty fibers, polyolefins and elastomers, and wire and cable compounds. He has broad experience throughout Dow, having worked in Business R&D, Corporate New Ventures, and Core R&D organizations. Most recently, in the Dow Automotive business, he was responsible for overseeing the development of high performance, crash durable automotive adhesives – essentially industrial super glue.

His awards and accomplishments at Dow are numerous, including 41 patents, 35 published papers, and the prestigious “Dow Distinguished Fellow” title, representing the highest scientific level within the corporation.

Klier has led a number of research and development programs involving interactive or responsive materials that have met significant commercial and technical success. In the process, he has received R&D 100 Awards for top technologies such as BetamateTM 1630 structural adhesives (2014), TERAFORCETMproppant coating (2014), and EVOQUETMpre composite polymer (2013).

Klier earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 and his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1986 and 1989, respectively. (December 2015)