Professor John Klier, head of the UMass Amherst Chemical Engineering Department, has added yet another distinguished accomplishment to his record by being selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chose Klier for induction because he has “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
Among other recent honors accumulated by Klier, he was chosen as a member of the esteemed National Academy of Engineering, and he received an Industrial Research and Development Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, an award which “recognizes individuals or teams working in the industries served by chemical engineers for innovation that has resulted in the successful commercial development of new products and/or new processes for making useful products.” Last September 30, Klier also received one of the Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity being presented to eight nationally acclaimed faculty members of UMass Amherst from across the campus.
Klier joined the university from The Dow Chemical Co., where he was serving as global research and development director for the Performance Materials and Chemicals Segment.
Dr. Klier’s awards and accomplishments at Dow included the “Dow Distinguished Fellow” title, representing the highest scientific level within the corporation. At Dow, Klier led a number of research and development programs involving advanced materials that have met significant commercial and technical success. That work has resulted in a number of R&D 100 Awards, including BetamateTM 1630 structural adhesives (2014), TERAFORCETM proppant coating (2014), and EVOQUETM pre composite polymer (2013).
Klier earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 and his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1986 and 1989, respectively.
The NAI is a non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions. The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.
The NAI has invited Klier to attend its Fellows Induction Ceremony on April 6, 2017, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, MA. U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the ceremony. (February 2017)