ACA Seeks Nominations for Mattiello Lecture Award

Pictured from left: ACA’s Steve Sides and 2016 Mattiello Lecture Award Recipient Dr. Donald C. Sundberg

Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2016 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award. The lecture and award will be presented at the ACA CoatingsTech Conference, March 20–22, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Nominations must be received by Nov. 15, 2016.

The selected award recipient will deliver a technical presentation on a phase of chemistry, engineering, human relationship, or other discipline fundamental to paint, coatings, varnish, lacquer, or related protective and decorative coatings. The presentation will consist of a lecture of 50 to 55 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. A completed paper must also be submitted for the conference proceedings and possible inclusion in ACA publications.


Nomination Applications
Nominations must include the following:

  • An official nomination letter highlighting the outstanding achievements of the nominee;
  • Complete biography of the nominee including name, age, and place of birth;
  • Current position and brief job history;
  • Education and degrees, with dates;
  • A minimum of two letters of support from individuals within the industry; and
  • Reference to significant publications and awards.

Please note that individuals cannot nominate themselves. The items cited in the nomination should be pertinent or related to coatings, or be germane to the constituents of coatings. Activities and accomplishments considered appropriate for citation in the nomination include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Publications and communications such as journal articles, patents, books (authored, edited, or organized), lectures and presentations, symposia or meetings organized. (Reprints may be submitted with the nomination but should be restricted to those that reflect seminal contributions; teaching credentials or skills, per se, are not to be considered in this award);
  • Inventions and discoveries;
  • New scientific principles, understanding or insight;
  • Novel uses or applications of products;
  • New or improved processes for production of resins or coatings, etc.; and
  • Engineering aspects.

All nominations should be forwarded by the Nov. 15, 2016 deadline to, or:

Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee
c/o Steve Sides
American Coatings Association
1500 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

More information on the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference is available at

About the Mattiello Lecture Award
The Mattiello Lecture Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology, and/or engineering related to the coatings industry. Joseph J. Mattiello, whose memory is commemorated by this award, did much to expand the application of science in the decorative and protective coatings field. Nominations will be ranked by the Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee based on standards of technical accomplishment, service to the coatings industry, and leadership.

Dr. Donald C. Sundberg, director of the Nanostructured Polymers Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, received the 2016 Mattiello Lecture Award during his presentation at the American Coatings CONFERENCE on April 11 in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Sundberg’s Mattiello Memorial Lecture was titled “Towards an Understanding of How Complex Latex Particles Are Formed: What Do We Know and When Did We Know It?”

About ACA
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.