WASHINGTON — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award. The lecture and award will be presented at the ACA CoatingsTech Conference, held March 20–22, 2017 in Cleveland. Nominations must be received by Nov. 15, 2016. The Mattiello Lecture Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology and/or engineering related to the coatings industry.

The selected award recipient will deliver a technical presentation on a phase of chemistry, engineering, human relationship, or other discipline fundamental to paint, coatings, varnish, lacquer, or related protective and decorative coatings. The presentation will consist of a lecture of 50 to 55 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session. A completed paper must also be submitted for the conference proceedings and possible inclusion in ACA publications.

Nominations must include an official nomination letter highlighting the outstanding achievements of the nominee; a complete biography of the nominee including name, age and place of birth; current position and brief job history; education and degrees, with dates; a minimum of two letters of support from individuals within the industry; and reference to significant publications and awards. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

The items cited in the nomination should be pertinent or related to coatings, or be germane to the constituents of coatings. Activities and accomplishments considered appropriate for citation in the nomination include, but are not limited to, the following:  publications and communications such as journal articles, patents, books (authored, edited or organized), lectures and presentations, symposia or meetings organized; inventions and discoveries; new scientific principles, understanding or insight; novel uses or applications of products; new or improved processes for production of resins or coatings, etc.; and engineering aspects.

All nominations should be forwarded by the Nov. 15, 2016 deadline to 2017CoatingsTechABSTRACTS@paint.org or to Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee, c/o Steve Sides, American Coatings Association, 1500 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005.

More information on the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference is available at http://www.paint.org/2017-coatingstech-conference/.