Message from the Chair

Timothy Bunning, Air Force Research Laboratory
www.afresearchlab.com & www.afrl.af.mil

2021 Message

To the extended PMSE community, it is an honor to serve as your 2021 Division Chair in these unique and sometimes trying times. I hope everyone is safe, has adapted to a different normal, and are finding the ‘good’ within these times that have forced us to think and act differently.

PMSE has a robust extended executive committee and to them, a shout out for all the help in navigating the last 12 months.  A special thanks to Eva, Lisa and Eileen who navigated the swirling waters induced by pandemic and to what they did to our comfortable and repeatable national meeting ‘norms’.  We had a system, based on an in-person presence, based on face-to-face contact, based on the physical interaction of our membership with each other and colleagues from other technical disciplines.  All of this was thrown out of the window with the cancellation of the Philadelphia meeting and the ‘clunky, inefficient, and inflexible (my opinion) attempt at doing a fully virtual “San Francisco’ meeting.  We adapted in large part to our technical programming committee who had to shift, cancel, slide, morph many of our planned technical symposia due to  a variety of constraints.  They were in the middle with ACS on one side driving a rigid structure and agenda and our symposia organizers who were trying to adapt on the fly.  Kudo’s to them for being there to help us continue to bring valued programming, particularly as we pivot to a more reasonable ACS stance this calendar year.

We are a go for the upcoming spring meeting.  ACS has modified its stance re the virtual platform and will now enable ‘live’ presentations, the type that we have all become so used to in our daily work and personal lives.  This is a marked and positive shift from SF where most talks had to be ‘taped’ and questions and answers were done at some time later.  These changes are working based on the spring 21 numbers. The abstract turnout is actually higher than I expected; perhaps a reflection of the above point and perhaps a reflection of all of us getting more comfortable in the virtual world.  It is still incredibly important for us as a community to interact with each, to help our younger member grow, to enable additional connections in all of our professional circles, and to push the forefront of science forward.  We must adapt to the current situation.  I expect it will be some time or perhaps never before we go back to the ‘way it was’.  For the foreseeable future, I expect major meetings to have some component of virtual interchange because of what it enables re overall a) cost, b) efficiency of getting a much larger audience, and c) lingering pandemic effects in society.

I have been part of PMSE (and POLY) for many, many years.  Although my career is defined by a jack-of-all-trades; master-of-none technical flavor which goes beyond the classic polymer community, I am proud to be the chair of PMSE.  Multidisciplinary, problem-oriented research is my passion and I believe our membership is uniquely qualified to contribute.  PMSE is a top notch organization and I am pleased to serve.  We cannot rest on our laurels however as we need to grow our membership, given ours roots (applied) we need to grow our non-academic membership (industry and national labs), and we need to expand our academic reach and footprint via student chapters.  We are currently making some changes with our internal and external outreach activities to increase our visibility. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of service. Much like my AF career (defined as being a servant leader), I am here to serve.

Timothy J. Bunning

2021 PMSE Chair

Past Chairs

2021 Timothy J. Bunning

2020 Eva Harth

2019 Matthew Becker

2018 Melissa Grunlan

2017 Christopher Soles

2016 Qinghuang Lin

2015 Sergio Granados-Focil

2014 Jamil Baghdachi

2013 David C. Martin

2012 David Schiraldi

2011 Todd Emrick

2010 Julie L. P. Jessop

2009 E. Bryan Coughlin

2008 Dean Webster

2007 Elliott Douglas

2006 Ron DeMartino

2005 Benny Freeman

2004 Jay Dias

2003 Paul Valint

2002 Larry F. Charbonneau

2001 Peggy Cebe

2000 Christopher Ober

1999 David A. Cocuzzi

1998 David J. Lohse

1997 Frank Jones

1996 Donald Schulz

1995 Elsa Reichmanis

1994 David Bauer

1993 George Pilcher

1992 S. Richard Turner

1991 Michael Jaffe

1990 James Kinstle

1989 Theodore Davidson

1988 Ted Provder

1987 Ray A. Dickie

1986 John H. Lupinshki

1985 Ronald Bauer

1984 Murrae J. Bowden

1983 Richard H. Mumma

1982 Macro Wismer

1981 Sandy S. Labana

1980 John L. Gardon

1979 Larry F. Thompson

1978 Roy W. Tess

1977 Rufus F. Wint

1976 Lieng-Huang Lee

1975 Clara D. Craver

1974 George E.F. Brewer

1973 Lambertus H. Princen

1972 Louis J. Nowacki

1971 Carleton W. Roberts

1970 K.N. Edwards