Dr. Garcia-Leiner is a Senior Manager at Exponent's Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry practice. His research and professional interests include structure-property relationships and processing of polymeric systems. He has extensive practical experience in traditional polymer processing applications, as well as novel processing techniques such as additive manufacturing/3D printing, high performance composites processing, and formulation development. Dr. Garcia-Leiner received a Fulbright Scholarship for his Doctoral Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 2004. Following his Ph.D., he spent nine years in the polymer/plastics industry at Arkema where he held several R&D positions among various business units. Dr. Garcia-Leiner joined Exponent as a Manager in 2013 and became Senior Manager in 2016.
Patrick T. Mather earned B.S. ('89) and M.S. ('90) degrees from Penn State in Engineering Science and Engineering Mechanics, respectively, following which he went on to receive his Ph.D. in Materials at U.C. Santa Barbara in 1994 with dissertation research focused on the rheology of liquid crystals. Following work as materials research engineer for Air Force Research Lab, Mather's academic career has included University of Connecticut, Case Western Reserve University, and Syracuse University, where he helped to create and serve as director of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, a sustainable, interdisciplinary effort with 20+ faculty spanning three institutions and seven departments. From 2016 to 2021, Pat served as Dean of Engineering at Bucknell University, where he enjoyed the opportunities and challenges of academic leadership, with a particular focus on inclusive excellence. In 2021 returned to his academic roots at Penn State to become the dean of Schreyer Honors College and professor of Chemical Engineering. Mather's research interests center around smart materials, including shape memory polymers, self-healing materials, polymeric nanocomposites, and biodegradable polymers for medical devices. He is the author of over 160 peer-reviewed papers, inventor on more than 40 patents, and Fellow of both SPE (Society of Plastics Engineering) and the AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering). Pat is the Editor-in-Chief for Polymer Reviews. He has won several student-nominated teaching awards and prides himself on innovative and engaging teaching methods. Pat and his wife Tara Mather enjoy spending time with their blended family of five grown children (and too many cats to count). You can often catch Tara and Pat out on the road distance running or tandem cycling.
Robert Migliorini has been teaching a similar type workshop for over 15 years. His experience is as follows: A Senior Licensing Associate in the technology transfer office at Yale University and also an independent Patent Attorney. Prior to that, he worked for 18 years as a Senior IP counsel with Exxon Mobil Corporation where he assisted clients in all aspects of IP law, including patent preparation and prosecution, patent opinions, client counseling, and IP agreements and licensing. He is an author or coauthor of six IP journal articles related to patent law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Robert worked for 17 years for ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Films Business, in a variety of technical, operations and leadership positions. He is also an inventor or coinventor of 14 U.S. patents related to thermoplastic and metallized films. He also has extensive experience in coating, printing, metallizing and laminating technology. He is licensed to practice law in various states and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Robert is also an adjunct law professor at both Pace University School of Law and Quinnipiac University School of Law where he teaches courses in Patent Practice & Procedure and IP Agreements & Licensing to law students. Close Medical Plastics and Polymers: Fundamentals and New Growth Drivers That You Need to Know× Maureen Reitman, Sc.D. Group Vice President & Principal Engineer Exponent Len Czuba President Czuba Consulting Workshop OverviewThis workshop is intended for engineers, scientists and professionals already in the medical materials field who are looking for fresh insights into recent trends; as well as students, engineers, scientists and professionals who are not currently in the field, or are new to it but who are interested in learning more about medical material fundamentals along with recent trends in the medical materials field. Due to the complexity of the medical technology field, there are many new developments of which engineers, professionals, suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders may not be aware. This workshop will help broaden attendees understanding of the field and recent developments. This workshop will be organized into sections addressing (a) industry fundamentals and the evolving regulatory framework, (b) work-horse materials for industry sectors, (c) Industry drivers including sustainability and environmental issues, and (d) emerging materials for the life sciences. 2b1af7f3a8