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.

2018 Award Winner: Dr. David A. Schiraldi

Case Western Reserve University, Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering

David A. Schiraldi, the Peter A. Asseff Professor of Organic Chemistry, and Chairman of the Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) received a B.S. from U.C. San Diego, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. After a 20-year career in industrial new product development (Celanese/Hoechst Celanese), Dave joined the faculty at CWRU, where he was worked extensively in the areas of packaging materials, composites, polymer aerogels and polymer flammability for the past 16 years. Professor Schiraldi is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and over 20 U.S. patents, and was instrumental for the rebuilding of the undergraduate program in Polymer Science & Engineering at CWRU, one of the few such programs existent in the U.S.

For the past two decades, Professor Schiraldi has played an important role in the governance of the ACS PMSE Division, serving in leadership roles from Secretary through Chair, and Past Chair, coordinating the Cooperative Research Award for a number of years, leading the effort to streamline abstract submissions within PMSE, and contributing to a wide range of PMSE programs; he served for 8 years on the ACS-PRF board, and was named a Fellow of the ACS.

The entire ACS PMSE Division is extraordinarily pleased to award David Schiraldi its 2018 Distinguished Service Award, for his distinguished service, outstanding leadership and many contributions to the division.

Dr. Luis Campos

Past Winners


2018 David A. SchiraldiCase 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

2011 Elsa Reichmanis, Georgia Institute of Technology

2010 Michael Jaffe, 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