March 30, 2017 9:45AM
Pittsburg State alumnus Darrell Pulliam is the new leader of the Kansas Polymer Research Center.
Pulliam was named interim executive director of the KPRC earlier this month after serving four years as the university’s innovation transfer and corporate engagement officer.
“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to lead this group of dynamic and talented researchers,” Pulliam said. “The KPRC is a unique gem in our community, state and region, and I look forward to helping guide it to new levels of success.”
The KPRC, housed in the Tyler Research Center on Research Road east of main campus, is an internationally recognized center for chemistry and materials science with a specialization in vegetable oil-based polymer research and development.
Scientists within the KPRC work with industrial partners, state and federal agencies, and producer associations to develop and commercialize Pittsburg State’s intellectual property.
Pulliam, who holds a bachelor of science in technology degree from Pitt State, said his main goal for the KPRC is to build stronger connections between the researchers and industry partners.
“Our number one goal is obtain more industry connections and drive more applied research into the facility,” he said. “One of the challenges for the KPRC is developing the next round of star researchers. We need to make sure that we can provide a world-class facility and challenge our researchers to produce new technology and innovations.”
For more information on the KPRC, visit www.kansaspolymer.com.