Vipul Dave joined Johnson & Johnson in 1996 and had several roles in the medical device and consumer sectors of the company. He is currently a director and fellow in the Global OTC Technology Group at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division.
His research has focused on understanding structure-property-processing relationships of polymers for health care applications. He has more than 27 U.S. patents, and 40 U.S. patent applications, has written more than 30 articles in journals and books and presented more than 70 papers.
Dave earned a master's degree in polymer science from, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a doctorate's in materials engineering science from Virginia Tech. He is a board member of SPE's Medical Division, which nominated him as a fellow.
Teresa Karjala is a principal research scientist at Dow Chemical Co. in the packaging and specialty plastics materials science group in Freeport, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. She has more than 25 years of experience leading research and development.
Karjala, who has 60 U.S. patents and 30 patents in Europe, has written more than 70 research articles and presentations.
She was nominated by the Engineering Properties and Structure Division.
John Rathman, principal blow molding specialist at Chevon Phillips Chemical Co.'s Plastics Technical Center in Bartlesville, Okla. Over a 40-year career, he has worked in various technical areas of blow molding, including the development of automotive fuel tanks, use of barrier technologies for fuel tanks, moving-section molds for blow molding irregularly shaped parts, improvement of natural color of polyethylene through additives, and the development of high-performance PE resins.
Rathman has five U.S. patents and more than 20 publications and conference presentations. He has been an active director for the SPE Blow Molding Division since 2003, and that division nominated him as a fellow.
Miguel Rodriguez-Perez is a professor of the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Valladolid in Spain, where he founded the Cellular Materials Laboratory. He has been involved in more than 75 research projects connected with developing improved cellular polymers, and has published more than 160 papers in international journals, as well as given plenary talks at more than 20 conferences.
He is a member of the editorial committee of the journal "Cellular Polymers" and the "Journal of Cellular Plastics, and is a member of SPE's Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division. His current research is focused on cellular nanocomposites, micro and nanocellular materials and cellular bioplastics.
SPE's Building and Construction Special Interest Group nominated Rodriquez-Perez for the fellow designation.