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 Dr. Chris Scott, 2002


Dr. Chris Scott is the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Morand Lambla award, which recognizes originality, high achievement, and potential for continuing creativity among young researchers in the science and technology of polymer processing. He is currently a Managing Engineer at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates in Natick, Massachusetts. Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. degree in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University.


Dr. Scott specializes in polymer materials, properties, and processing. He has extensive experience with manufacturing, product development, product design, and failure analysis. In particular, Dr. Scott has published extensively on the topics of polymer processing and structure relationships, compounding and mixing in multiphase polymer systems, and structure and morphology development during polymer processing. He is the inventor on 9 U.S. patents, author of more than 30 articles in refereed journals, author of 40 conference proceedings, and has presented more than 50 seminars to industry and government organizations.

In 1990 Dr. Scott joined Eastman Chemical Company, where he conducted research in the manufacturing and properties of polymer blends and composites. In 1994, he became an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research at MIT focused on the relationship between processing and structure of multicomponent polymer systems.

Dr. Scott joined Exponent in 2001 and has conducted failure analysis investigations in a broad range of polymer applications, including: automotive components, consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, protective coatings, construction materials, and packaging. These projects have also encompassed assessment of environmental and human health issues in addition to classical accident and defect analysis.