Longtime plastics researcher Raj Krishnaswamy will be honored by the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering later this month.
Krishnaswamy, who earned a chemical engineering degree from UK, will be inducted into the college's Hall of Distinction, officials said on a LinkedIn post. He currently serves as director of Braskem America's Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He's held that role since 2013.
Braskem is a major supplier of polypropylene, bioplastics and other materials based in São Paolo, with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. In his role, Krishnaswamy oversees a global team of polymer scientists and engineers in Brazil, Germany and the U.S.
Prior to joining Braskem, Krishnaswamy worked in Chevron Phillips Chemical's research and development group, where he focused on the polyolefin business sector. Earlier in his career at Metabolix Inc., Krishnaswamy developed biobased and biodegradable polymers.
Krishnaswamy received the Research & Technology Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Plastics Engineering in 2011. He is a co-inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications.