Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy is the Senior Global Technology Director of GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, PolyOne Corporation, McHenry, ILL. PolyOne is a multibillion dollar leading global provider of specialty polymer solutions. He heads up the product development, application development, materials science and technology, and foundation research efforts. His global responsibilities include organizational and business responsibilities spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Krishna has been in the Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) industry for twenty five years. He has worked in TPE development for consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications and his efforts have led to several commercial products. He is considered one of the most successful industry leaders in commercializing technologies. He has nearly combined fifty patents and papers to his credit.
Dr. Venkataswamy has chaired or co-chaired many American and international conferences on Thermoplastic Elastomers. He has delivered key note speeches on TPEs in several international conferences in US and Asia. Krishna has delivered several invited lectures in international conferences organized by American Chemical Society, Society of Plastics Engineers and European RAPRA as well as in academic and research institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Akron, University of Florida, SPE (Mumbai @ UDCT), Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai) and National Chemical Laboratories (Pune).
Dr. Venkataswamy was honored with “2012 Annual Award in Research and Engineering Technology” from the Society of Plastic Engineers for his technical contributions leading to commercial success in plastics. Prior to this, he has honored with “2006 Fellow Award” from the SPE for his technical contributions and commercial successes in the Thermoplastic Elastomer Industry. Only 300 SPE members (1% of the total membership globally) counting 2006 awardees are elected to this prestigious status since the Fellow Program inception.
Krishna has been the recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in 1999”, from Society of Plastics Engineers for his outstanding contributions as the Chairman of Board of Directors of Engineering Properties and Structures Division (EPSDIV) for 1997-1998. . He served as a Director on the EPSDIV Board for ten years. He is a Director of the Distinguished Alumni Board at the University of Florida. He was the Chairman for the New Technology Forum” which is focused on conducting symposiums on future trends in technology treat the SPE national meetings and currently serving as a member.
Dr. Venkataswamy was awarded the Sherwin-Williams/ICI award in Applied Polymer Science in 1986 from Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, of American Chemical Society. This was for a paper from his doctoral dissertation which was among nearly one hundred papers considered for this award that year.
Krishna was awarded a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western University in 1985. He has MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.