F.A.R.M.S. - Farmers Accelerating Research in Materials Science
Dr. Tim Dawsey, Executive Director for Advancement of Applied Science & Technology, Pittsburg State University's Kansas Polymer Research Center
Scientists from Pittsburg State University's Kansas Polymer Research Center and Virginia Tech's Macromolecular Innovation Institute met with Kansas/Missouri farmers and ranchers to discuss agricultural challenges where materials science may provide improved efficiency and/or alternative uses for materials. This talk will share learnings from that three-day workshop.
Dr. Tim Dawsey received his PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Southern MS and has over 40 years industrial experience in polymers and plastics, from research in new polymers development to plastics processing and business applications. After serving as dean of the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University (PSU), he assumed his current role as PSU’s Executive Director for the Advancement of Science and Technology. As part of this position, he leads efforts at the Kansas Polymer Research Center where the focus is on the development of industrially relevant technology. The KPRC has been creating novel bio-based polymers from vegetable oils for over twenty-five years. With a proven track record in developing and commercializing innovative polymer technologies, heightened environmental concerns have turned the KPRC’s attention to finding more sustainable options for plastics materials. Under Dr. Dawsey’s leadership, the KPRC is partnering with polymer producers, packaging manufacturers, and leading polymer research institutes to provide solutions to challenges in current agricultural plastics usages, as well as discovering new opportunities where materials may provide relief to daily obstacles in farming and ranching.