Walt Bassett earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry/chemical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston and his master's in polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He did post-graduate studies at Harvard & Babson College.
He began his career at GE Plastics in 1984, moving to Weiss-Aug in 2000 as vice president of operations and engineering, then to Cooley Group in 2003 as vice president of operations. In 2004, Bassett moved to Novartis/Ciba Vision as global head of research and development. He joined Millipore in 2008 as director of R&D, then went to Perkin Elmer in 2011 in the same role.
Bassett currently is director of product engineering at SunTech medical, driving innovation in life science products.
Bassett has been a member of the American Chemical Society for more than 35 years and a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1986. He has received several awards for developing innovative products and published 25 papers for industry journals. He holds nine patents, and managed teams that have been issued more than 50 patents.
Bassett also serves as chairman of the board for the Polymer Center of Excellence in Charlotte, N.C.