Lecture: Inventing the Bio-based Vehicle at Ford

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Date/Time:Thursday, 31 Mar 2016 at 4:00 pm
Location:Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall
Channel:ISU Lecture Series
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"Returning to Our Roots" - Deborah Mielewski is the Senior Technical Leader of Sustainable Materials and Plastics Research at Ford Motor Company and initiated their biomaterials program in 2001.

Mielewski has worked at Ford Research in automotive paints, polymer processing and materials development. Her team was the first to demonstrate soy-based foam that met all the requirements for automotive seating. The group continues to pioneer the development of sustainable plastic materials that meet stringent automotive requirements, including natural fiber reinforced plastics and polymer resins made from renewable feed stocks.

Mielewski received her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and has worked at Ford for twenty-eight years. She has been featured in NOVA's Making Things series and has been honored with such awards as the R&D100 and American Chemical Society's Industrial Innovation Award.

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