PITTSBURGH — PPG Industries Inc. announced that E. Kears Pollock, who retired earlier this year as executive vice president, and staff scientist Ernest L. Lawton have been inducted into the PPG Collegium, an honor recognizing career contributions to product and process development.
Pollock joined PPG in 1966 as a glass research engineer and held positions in patent law, glass research and development, and automotive coatings management before being named to head all of PPG’s coatings businesses. He has four patents in computer-aided artificial intelligence and glass processing. He also played a lead role in PPG’s development of an automotive powder clearcoat and high-solids waterborne basecoats.
Lawton invented a coating used on a range of fiber glass yarns, played a key role in the development of other fiber glass materials and production processes, and is the co-inventor of a coatings-application technology involving metallic coatings on flat glass and windshields.