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John Klier Named Head of Chemical Engineering Department

John Klier

The College of Engineering has named John Klier to head its department of chemical engineering, effective Oct. 25.


A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Klier joins the university from The Dow Chemical Co., where he currently serves as global research and development director for the Performance Materials and Chemicals Segment.


At UMass Amherst, Klier will develop a leading interdisciplinary research program devoted to understanding and controlling molecular architecture, association behavior and properties of interactive and responsive polymers, colloids and amphiphiles. Applications of his research interests are in the area of coatings, the release of active ingredients, and lightweight and functional materials.

“I am extremely pleased that John will be joining our college leadership. His focus on collaborative research promises to harness the power of the university in such areas as polymer chemistry, material science, reaction engineering, modeling, analytical science and inorganic materials,” said Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering.


Klier’s teaching will build from his background in colloid, interfacial and polymer science and engineering; research and development leadership; new venture assessment; and organizational integration and change initiatives.


“I believe one of the most effective ways to capture students’ attention is to link the subject matter to real world problems and personal experiences,” Klier says. “I plan to leverage my industrial research background to make technical subject matter real and memorable to students.”


His awards and accomplishments at Dow are numerous, including 41 patents, 35 published papers and the prestigious “Dow Distinguished Fellow” title, representing the highest scientific level within the corporation.


With R&D 100 Awards for the top technologies BetamateTM 1630 structural adhesives (2014), TERAFORCETMproppant coating (2014), and EVOQUETMpre composite polymer (2013), Klier has led a number of research and development programs involving interactive or responsive materials that have met significant commercial and technical success.


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.

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