2019 Advisory Board

  • Robert Eller

    President Robert Eller Associates LLC

    Bob Eller is President of Robert Eller Associates LLC (REA).

    REA provides technical, market and economic analysis to support management decision-making, and strategy formulation in the plastics, TPE and rubber industries often at the advanced R-D/early commercialization interface. TPEs are one of REA’s consulting specialties.

    His company has operations in Akron, Ohio (USA), Asia Pacific and Europe. Bob and his associates have carried out numerous technology, strategy, pricing forecasts, product positioning analyses (usually at the advanced R/D-early commercialization interface) and acquisition support.

    His company is currently working on:

    -Assisting clients with identifying opportunities for product innovation and the innovation process

    -Positioning new TPEs and their fabrication technologies

    -Acquisition candidates in the global plastics and rubber markets

    -The evolving role of thermoplastic composites and fabrication technologies

    -Innovation opportunities in the packaging industries

    -Positioning of new polyolefin, TPE and compound technologies in automotive

    - Assessment of compounders in the Asia/Pacific region

    Bob is a graduate of M.I.T.in Chemical Engineering and has an M.S. in Polymer Science and Chemical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic. 

    His employment experience includes ExxonMobil, A. D. Little, Phillip Townsend Associates, Charles River Associates (Vice President), Multibase (a French/U.S. TPE compounding company- General Manager) and Robert Eller Associates LLC which he established in 1991.

    Bob holds 4 patents in the plastics materials and process areas.

  • Dr. Jungmee Kang

    Senior Research Scientist Goodyear

    Dr. Jungmee Kang is a Senior Research Scientist at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied the block copolymers containing sacrificial blocks. She did a post-doctoral work at The University of Akron under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Kennedy in Polymer Science, and studied the polyurethanes containing polydimethylsiloxane or polyisobutylene. Her expertise spans over the synthesis, processing, and characterization of polymers and compounds.

  • Alper Kiziltas

    Research Scientist - Sustainable Biomaterials and Plastics Ford Motor Company

    Dr. Kiziltas’s research is focused on sustainability and emerging materials such as nanomaterials, polymeric and soft materials, biomaterials, glassy and amorphous materials, self-healing materials and bio-inspired and patterned functional materials. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and papers in leading journals and conferences in his field, and regularly serves in organizational leadership roles for the SPE (ACCE TPO, Automotive Division), Thermoplastic Elastomer Summit and Advancements in Fiber-Polymer Composites Symposium. He is the recipient of the SPE-ACCE best professional paper award and holds 5 patent disclosures.

  • Dr. David Ward

    Vice President, Research and Development Lion Elastomers

    Dr. Ward is responsible for new product and process development for Lion Elastomers’ SBR and EPDM product lines in Port Neches, TX and Geismar, LA.  He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Canada with an Honours B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry.  During his Ph.D. he studied EPDM technology at Polysar, and subsequently, Nova Chemical and Bayer developing metallocene catalyzed processes.  After more than two decades at W. R. Grace & Co. in various roles from polyolefin catalysis to strategic business development, Dave returned to the EPDM business at Lion Elastomers.  He leads teams in support of Lion Technology providing Quality Management, Research and Development, Technical Service, Process Technologies, and Pilot operations.