January 31, 2012 12:00AM
Dr. Andy Myers, executive director of the Business and Technology Institute at Pittsburg State University, has announced the appointment of Dr. Jin Song as the research director for the Kansas Polymer Research Center. Song began his new role in January.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Song to PSU,” Myers said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience both in research and commercialization of polymers and bio-polymers. Dr. Song will provide excellent leadership for our strong scientific team.
Song said he was excited to lead research at a center with a history of success, talented people in place and high quality facilities.
“The Kansas Polymer Research Center has a record of great achievements in polymer research with excellent R&D facilities,” Song said. “I am very excited with this opportunity to work with the many talented people at KPRC.”
As research director, Song follows Dr. Zoran Petrovic, who established the Kansas Polymer Research Center in 1994. Petrovic will maintain ties to the KPRC in his role as senior research adviser.
Song comes to PSU from Rochester, N.Y., where he has been a consultant for and president of Liso Film Technology. At Liso Film, Song worked on polymeric materials and process technologies for films, foams, coatings, composites and shaped parts for packaging, electronics, construction, transportation, industrial and military applications. He helped develop new businesses and market the research projects.
From 2003-2007, Song was a principal investigator for Exxon-Mobile Chemical Global Research and Development where he led teams charged with developing new products and processes for the company. At Exxon-Mobile Chemical, Song helped develop a variety of oriented polypropylene films, specialty products and process technologies and led the new product/process development teams and managed all aspects of the projects from concept through commercialization.
Song holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, and a Ph.D. in polymer engineering from the University of Akron. At the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Science, Song taught and advised graduate students while studying the theoretical and experimental aspects of polymer foams, forming processes and nanoporous composites (a NASA project) from 1998-2002.
He has numerous patent awards and has published many articles in professional polymer journals and books. Song is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Chemical Society. He holds Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) focuses primarily on polymer research using bio-based materials. The KPRC has been awarded many patents and in 2007 received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.