WASHINGTON, DC — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking nominations for the Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award, to be presented at its American Coatings Conference, April 7-9, 2014, in Atlanta. Nominations must be received by August 31, 2013.

The Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology and/or engineering related to the coatings industry. Joseph J. Mattiello, whose memory is commemorated by this award, did much to expand the application of science in the decorative and protective coatings field. Nominations will be ranked by the Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee based on standards of technical accomplishment, service to the coatings industry and leadership.

The Mattiello Lecturer 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 50-55 minute lecture followed by a question-and-answer session. A completed paper must also be submitted for the conference proceedings and possible inclusion in ACA publications.

Additionally, the selected lecturer will be invited to develop a Mattiello Symposium — the technical track that will follow the Mattiello lecture at the conference.

The references cited in the nomination should be concerned with coatings, pertinent or related to coatings, or concerned with the constituents of coatings. Activities and accomplishments considered appropriate for citation in the nomination include: publication and communications such as journal articles, patents, books (authored, edited or organized), lectures and presentations, and 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. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

All nominations should include: an official nomination letter highlighting the outstanding achievements of the nominee; a complete biography of the nominee; current position and a brief job history; education and degrees, with dates; a minimum of two letters of support from individuals within the industry; and a brief reference to other significant awards.

Forward all nominations by August 31, 2013, to: Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee, c/o Starsha Valentine, American Coatings Association, 1500 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 (e-mail svalentine@paint.org).