Dr. Michael Roland Named Fellow of IOM3

2/23/2009 - 17-09r
Contact: Dom Panciarelli, (202) 767-2541

Dr. Michael Roland, a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterization, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land re-use. Dr. Roland was cited "For his contributions to promote and develop all aspects of the Science and Technology of Materials, Minerals, and Mining."

Dr. Roland received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Grove City College, PA, in 1974, and PhD. in chemistry at Pennsylvania State University in 1980. From 1980 to 1986, he worked at the Central Research Laboratories of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Dr. Roland came to NRL in 1986 as a member of the Chemistry Division.

Currently, Dr. Roland is head of the Polymer Physics Section within the Materials Chemistry Branch of the Chemistry Division. The basic research program of the Section involves the study and understanding of the mechanical, physical, and thermodynamic properties of polymeric materials and the development of novel polymer systems. Current areas of focus include structural and mechanical behavior of networks, segmental relaxation and the glass transition, miscible polymer blends, and polymer-based composites.

Dr. Roland is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS). From 1991 to 1999, he served the ACS as the technical editor of Rubber Chemistry and Technology and currently is on the Editorial Board of Macromolecules. His awards include the NRL Sigma Xi Award for Pure Science, 2002; the Edison Award for Technology Transfer, 2000; the ACS Sparks-Thomas Awards, 1991; and ACS Rubber Division's Melvin Mooney Award, 2002. He has authored over 300 publications, holds 12 patents, and is a frequent consultant to the rubber industry.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3) was formed from the merger of the Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy in June 2002. These institutes were established in 1869 and received Royal Charters in 1899 and 1975. IOM3 is a major UK engineering institution that exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, as a leading authority in the worldwide technical community. The Institute publishes three magazines, 21 technical journals, and has a book publishing program. It also sponsors various conferences.

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