Dr. Jamil Baghdachi to Deliver 2017 Mattiello Lecture at ACA’s CoatingsTech Conference

jamil-baghdachiWashington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2017 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Baghdachi, Professor of Polymers and Coatings at Eastern Michigan University, will deliver the Mattiello Memorial Lecture at its CoatingsTech Conference, March 20-22, 2017, at the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Baghdachi’s lecture is titled “Smart and Functional Polymers and Coatings.” The CoatingsTech Conference is the coatings industry’s leading technical event, and will embrace the theme, “Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow.”

Dr. Baghdachi has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of polymers, coatings, adhesives, paints, and composites. He has consulted for national and international firms and organizations, as well as the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard on polymeric materials, coatings, paints, corrosion control, applications, processes, and product durability.

Dr. Baghdachi serves on the editorial board of ACA’s Journal of Coatings Technology and Research. In 1997 he authored the FSCT’s “Adhesion Aspects of Polymeric Coatings” monograph. That same year he became a professor of Polymer and Coatings at Eastern Michigan University. He has also worked in industry, as president of Innovative Technology Systems Corporation since 1990; and in a technical and supervisory capacity at ARCO Chemical, DuPont, and BASF Corporation’s Coatings and Colorants Division.

Dr. Baghdachi has 38 patents, is author or co-author of five technical books and 122 journal publications, has keynoted many technical national and international conferences, and received countless awards. These awards include the American Chemical Society (ACS) Roy W. Tess Award in coatings in 2015, ACS Fellow in 2014, and ACA’s Industry Excellence Award in 2012 for his technical contributions and leadership of ACA’s Science & Technology Education Subcommittee. He is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, past chair of the ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division, and organizer and general chair of the Smart Coatings Conference.

Dr. Baghdachi received his B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University in 1975 and 1978, respectively; he received his Ph.D. from The University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 1982.

In addition to the prestigious Mattiello Memorial Lecture, the CoatingsTech Conference will include the inaugural CoatingsTech Award, the Student Presenter and Poster Awards; it will also feature a multi-track forum for all professionals in the coatings industry.

Leading the conference will be a series of Short Courses & Open Forums, to be offered on the morning of Monday, March 20. The conference will conclude with a full-day special session exploring the coatings industry’s role in meeting regulatory and sustainability challenges that support end users.

For more information on the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference and Short Courses & Open Forums, visit https://www.paint.org/2017-ctc/, or contact Steve Sides at ssides@paint.org or (202) 462-8731.

For details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Dorothy Brawner at dbrawner@paint.org or (202) 462-6272.

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.