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Lord Corporation Scientist Recognized For Critical Contribution

Published on 2010-08-24. Author : SpecialChem

LORD Corporation ¾ a global leader in developing passive and active solutions for noise and vibration, engineered adhesives and high performance coatings for the aerospace, automotive and general industrial markets - has announced the 2010 winner of the Donald M. Alstadt Technology Innovation Award.

Frank J. Krakowski, Senior Staff Scientist, Materials & Process Development, was selected as this year's worthy recipient. 

Established in 2006 to recognize innovative technological achievements that have led to successful commercialization of projects within the last five to eight years, this year's winner was honored for his work with elastomers for industrial products and fixed-wing aircraft systems. According to Lane Miller, LORD Vice President, Global Technology, Krakowski has consistently demonstrated leadership and enthusiasm in developing new material solutions and support for LORD Corporation's supply chain.

“Frank is receiving the award this year for his exceptional leadership and critical contributions in developing a new elastomer with low damping and high fatigue, in part derived from three dimensional cross-linking. Originally introduced in LORD Corporation's industrial products, it is now the primary elastomer material for new products developed in fixed wing aircraft. It is one of many elastomer solutions that he has developed over his career. Frank serves as an excellent role model for all engineers and scientists at LORD and is motivated by an unselfish passion to share his knowledge and experience, so that others may one day create innovations of this magnitude,” said Miller.

Having been with LORD for 28 years, Krakowski works in the Materials & Process Development department. He also has more than 35 years experience within the industry and specializes in formulating elastomers for specific mechanical and dynamic properties applicable to diverse aerospace, defense and industrial environments and applications. Krakowski also works closely with LORD Corporation's supply chain organization and manufacturing plants to assure that the global supply of natural rubber is consistently available.

He received his bachelor's degree in Biology in 1974 and Chemistry in 1997 from Gannon University, Erie, Pa.

An active member of the American Chemical Society and Rubber Division, Krakowski has authored, co-authored and presented numerous technical papers, many of which have been published in trade journals. He currently holds five U.S. Patents with several other still pending.

This award honors Donald M. Alstadt, the late Chairman Emeritus, who joined LORD in 1943 as a developmental engineer and rose to Chairman and CEO in 1982. He is remembered worldwide for his expertise in rubber-to-metal adhesion; the physics and chemistry of surfaces and solid state molecular structures, entrepreneurial leadership and management; and foremost, product innovation. Alstadt headed the company's research efforts from 1952-61 and from 1956-61 he served as the Manager of Central Research. Named Executive Vice President in 1966, Alstadt then served as President from 1968-75. He served as Vice Chairman from 1975-1982, when he became Chairman and CEO, a position he held until 1991. He is credited as the inventor of LORD Chemlok® adhesives, which became the foundation of LORD Corporation's successful global chemical business. He passed away Feb. 19, 2007.

About LORD Corporation                                                                                                  

Founded in 1924, LORD Corporation is a privately-held company that designs, manufactures and markets mechanical devices and electromechanical systems to control vibration, motion and noise; formulates, produces and sells general purpose and specialty adhesives, coatings and electronic materials; and develops products and systems utilizing magnetically responsive technologies. With headquarters in Cary, N.C., and sales in excess of $610MM, LORD has manufacturing in nine countries and offices in more than 15 major business centers.  LORD Corporation employs more than 2,400 worldwide.

Source: LORD Corporation

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