2020 Advisory Board

Meet the experts who are helping shape the 2020 program.

  • Timothy J. Higgins

    Marketing Manager Momentive

    Tim Higgins is a Regional Marketing Manager at Momentive Performance Materials.  Tim has over 15 years of experience in the elastomers industry; divided across both on the technical and sales & marketing acumens.

    His company possesses operations across all poles including, Waterford, NY (USA – Global HQ), Asia Pacific and Europe.  Momentive’s global silicones business brings innovation to a wide range of industries, including automotive, electronics, personal care, consumer products, aerospace, and building and construction to name a few. Momentive’s innovative portfolio of silicone elastomers influence the design of hundreds of applications across a wide range of industries. The exceptional properties of silicone elastomers, such as, heat and moisture resistance, flame retardency, weatherability and dielectric properties, make them ideal candidates for a wide range of industrial, electrical transmission, transportation and consumer applications. In addition, the purity, clarity, and strength of silicone elastomers have benefited a variety of medical and baby care products. Momentive has an extensive offering of formulated products, including elastomers and coatings. And, of course, also collaboratively formulates with customers to meet specific needs


    Tim is responsibilities include:

    Assessing market needs and trends to identify new opportunities to establish an elastomers marketing strategy for the Americas.
    Developing, communicating and executing market segment strategies and marketing plans for selected markets.
    Coordinating with other functional roles such as Technology, Sales, Product Management, Marketing and Operations, EHS and Product Stewardship.
    Introducing new products to the market that will grow the Elastomers segment.
    Determining new product resourcing for given markets.
    Accountable for driving business strategies within the Americas.


    Tim is a graduate of Ferris State University where he duel majored and received degrees in both Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology.  He went on to receive his Master’s Certificate from Villanova University.


    His employment experience includes Rhein Chemie Corporation/Lanxess (NA Business Development & Technical Manager), Zeon Chemicals (Market Development Specialist), Hiawatha Rubber/Mainsail Global (Chief Development Officer) and Momentive Performance Materials (Current – Regional Marketing Manager).


    Tim truly passionate about his work and is always eager to connect with others within the industry. He enjoys working directly with the customer or business partner to understand his or her business objectives, problems, angle, etc. This provides for the collaborative process, information and ideas which then flow and together a synergistic solution is spawned.

  • 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.

  • Russ Vogelsong

    Senior Tech Service & Development Scientist Lion Elastomers

    Russ Vogelsong has been a Senior Technical Service Scientist at Lion Elastomers for the last 9 years, providing EPDM technical support across a variety of markets including custom mix, hose, roofing, and wire & cable.  He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron.  Russ began his career in wire & cable at Thermolink, Inc., then spent 4 years at the Excel Polymers custom mixing plant in Burton prior to joining Lion.  He is actively involved with the ACS Rubber Division, currently serving as the chairman of membership committee for the last 4 years.