Gordon P. Bierwagen is a professor of coatings and polymeric materials (CPM) at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He has a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Valparaiso University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University. He has been involved in R&D in coatings since his first nonacademic work at Battelle Memorial Institute in 1969. He worked in the Battelle Electrochemical Engineering Department on a project for PPG on the electrochemical characterization of anionic electrodeposition coatings and the modeling of solution changes during electrodeposition. After leaving Battelle in 1970, Dr. Bierwagen joined the Paint Research Department at the Sherwin-Williams Research Center in Chicago. In 1971, he joined the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT), becoming an active member of the Chicago Society. At NDSU he is still active in the FSCT, serving on its Roon Award Committee, interacting with the Coatings Industry Education Fund on research awards and undergraduate scholarships for CPM at NDSU, and attending paint shows with regularity. He has also served on the American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division’s Tess Award Committee and its Program Committee and organized and published the ACS-PMSE Symposium “Corrosion and Its Control by Coatings” from the 1996 ACS national meeting in New Orleans. Since joining the NDSU CPM Department, Dr. Bierwagen has continued his research interests in the physical chemistry of coatings, foaming in W/R polymer solutions, adsorption from solution onto pigment particles, CPVC-related phenomena, and computer-based coatings design. He also set up a new research program at NDSU on corrosion control by coatings that has been very successful in attracting government and industry support. He is also working on new theoretical analyses and interpretation of CPVC-related behavior in coatings and films, corrosion protection of outdoor artistic and historical bronze sculpture, lithium-polymer battery studies (polymer/composite electrode design), opacity and film imperfections, and durability/lifetime prediction for coatings. Since joining NDSU, Dr. Bierwagen has had 105 publications and has made numerous presentations for the FSCT, NACE, the Electrochemical Society, ACS-PMSE, the Society for Protective Coatings, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Institute of Conservation. He has made two invited presentations at the Gordon Research Conference on Coatings and was a session chair on aqueous corrosion. He was the plenary lecturer at the FATIPEC 2000 Congress in Turin, Italy, and an invited keynote speaker at EIS 2001. In 2007 he was honored with the Matiello Award of the FSCT and gave the Matiello lecture in October 2007 at the annual meeting in Toronto.
Dianne Chong is the director of materials and process technology for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. She is responsible for new technology development and transitioning onto Boeing products, functional excellence, and program support throughout the life cycle of the airplanes. Earlier, Dr. Chong was