Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy is the Executive Vice President at Star Thermoplastics, a leading TPE solution provider in North America. Krishna is responsible for Business Development, Marketing, Innovation and Engineering.
Krishna is an independent member of Board of Directors of Zylog ElastoComp, a Pune based TPE company. Krishna served as a Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Interface (Lydall)Performance Materials. Prior to that he has held senior global technology leadership positions at PolyOne/GLS, GAF Corporation and Advanced Elastomer Systems (Santoprene), JV of Monsanto and Exxon. His global responsibilities include organizational and business responsibilities spanning North America, Europe and Asia.
Krishna has been in the Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) industry for thirty years. He has worked in 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 over fifty patents and technical papers to his credit.
Dr. Venkataswamy was honored with “2012 Annual Award in Research and Engineering Technology” from the Society of Plastic Engineers, an international society of polymer and plastics professionals, for his technical innovations 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 was a Director of the Distinguished Alumni Board at the University of Florida for a decade. 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. He is an elected member of American Chemical Society.
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.
Dr. Venkataswamy has chaired or co-chaired many American and international conferences on Thermoplastic Elastomers. He has delivered several invited plenary /key note speeches on TPEs in international conferences in US, Europe and Asia. Krishna has delivered 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 and National Chemical Laboratories (Pune, India).
Krishna was awarded a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western University in 1985. He has a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Krishna has been married for 34 years. He has a son and a daughter and lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois
He enjoys classical music and loves sports. He actively contributes and supports an orphanage in his birth place.