The PMSE Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize extensive, sustained contributions and service to the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division
The awardee will receive a $1500 prize, plaque and a $1500 maximum travel allowance to attend the Spring ACS National Meeting where the award is presented.
The first awardee was in 1993, recognizing Roy W. Tess’s enormous work to the PMSE division. It has continued as a yearly award with 23 awardees to date.
The award is granted to an individual who is a current PMSE member. Nominees must be a long-standing PMSE member and have had on the order of 20+ years of engagement with PMSE, with substantial active involvement in the division (e.g., serving as a leader on the Division’s Executive Committee, organizing many large symposia, serving PMSE on the ACS Council, leading important committee activities, etc.).
Nominations are to be submitted by August 30 of each year to the Chair of the PMSE Distinguished Award Committee. The nomination must include: (1) curriculum vitae and (2) supporting letter(s) describing the significance of the service to the PMSE division. Nominations that are not successful will be kept active and considered in subsequent evaluations each year for four years.
2020 Award Winner: David Chung
David Y. Chung received a B.S. from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and a Ph.D. under Professor Joseph P. Kennedy from the Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron. After graduation from Akron, David spent one year at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.) in Lyon, France as a visiting scientist, before he joined the Central Research of Dow Chemical in Midland, MI., where he worked on anionic polymerization and block copolymers. Three years later, David joined Paramins Division of Exxon Chemical Technology in Linden, NJ doing R&D and commercialization of new lube oil additives. After 13 years in NJ, David moved to Exxon Chemical’s Butyl Polymers Technology in Baytown, TX and worked on various butyl process and product R&D projects until he retired from ExxonMobil in 2006. David is the author or co-author of over 50 patents associated with his industrial R&D work. David is also one of the recipients of the 2010 Thomas A. Edison Patent Awards sponsored by New Jersey Research & Development Council.
After retired from ExxonMobil, David was tapped by PMSE in 2007 to manage the investments of PMSE funds, with the objectives of maintaining a steady cash flow to support various PMSE activities each year and enhancing PMSE’s long-term financial security. Besides managing investments for himself as well as for PMSE, David also enjoys traveling to various parts of the world each year in retirement
2019 Award Winner: Jay Dais
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Anthony "Jay" Dias received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Kean College in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. Since then he has worked for the ExxonMobil Chemical Company holding a number of positions in both research and management. Jay currently holds the position of Staff Chief Scientist. His research has focused on polymer blends, networks, simulation, nanocomposites, polymer surfaces and interfaces, the control of polymer topology, and the application of this research to develop new polymer products. His research has resulted in over 25 publications and 50 US patents.
Jay has been a member of ACS since 1982 and an active member in three divisions including PMSE, POLY and RUBBER where he often organized and chaired symposia. He has served the PMSE division in several capacities; ranging from Technical Program Committee in 1998 through division Chair in 2004. Since that time Jay has served as the Chair of Symposium Funding and is currently ACS PMSE Councilor (2014 – present). Jay became a ACS Fellow in 2015, a PMSE Fellow in 2018 and the recipient of the PMSE Distinguished Service award in 2019.
2020 David Chung
2019 Jay Dais, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
2018 David A. Schiraldi, Case Western Reserve University
2017 Charles E. Carraher, Florida Atlantic University
2016 Lisa Baugh, ExxonMobil
2015 Benny Freeman, University of Texas, Austin
2014 Christopher K. Ober, Cornell University
2013 David Bauer, Exponent, Inc.
2012 Leslie H. Sperling, Lehigh University
2010, New Jersey Insititute of Technology
2009 David J. Lohse, ExxonMobil
2008 Murrae J. Bowden
2007 George R. Pilcher
2006 S. Richard Turner
2005 Larry F. Thompson
2004 Ray Dickie
2003 Theodore Provder
2002 Charles E. Carraher
2001 John Lupinski
2000 Sandy Labana
1999 Clara D. Craver
1996 Kenneth N. Edwards
1995 Louis J. Nowacki
1994 E. E. McSweeney
1993 Roy W. Tess