Rose A. Ryntz, manager and Staff technical fellow with Visteon Corp. and a noted authority on coatings for automotive plastics, has been named the winner of the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2003.

The award, presented annually by the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society, recognizes “significant contributions” to the coatings field. The award will be presented on Sept. 8, during the 226th meeting of the American Chemical Society in New York.

Ryntz is credited with developing new techniques to study the performance of paint on plastic, including scratch and gouge resistance. She has published more than 75 papers, holds 25 patents in the paint and plastics fields, and has edited two books related to coatings and plastics.

Ryntz has a B.S. degree in chemistry from Wayne State University, a Ph.D. degree in organic polymer chemistry from the University of Detroit, and an M.B.A. degree from Michigan State University. She has held technical and research positions with The Dow Chemical Co., Ford Motor Co., DuPont Automotive Coatings, and Akzo Coatings.

Ryntz has held a number of key committee positions with the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, and is a recipient of the Federation’s highest honor, the George Baugh Heckel Award.