WASHINGTON, DC — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking nominations for the Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award, to be presented at its CoatingsTech Conference, March 16-18, 2015, in New Orleans.

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.

Individuals cannot nominate themselves. 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. Reprints may be submitted with the nomination but should be restricted to those that reflect seminal contributions. Teaching credentials or skills, per se, are not to be considered in this award. Additional accomplishments considered for citation in the nomination include 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 include: an official nomination letter highlighting the outstanding achievements of the nominee; complete biography of the nominee; current position and brief job history; education and degrees, with dates; a minimum of two letters of support from individuals within the industry; and brief reference to other significant awards.

Nominations should be sent by September 15, 2014 to: Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee; c/o Starsha Valentine; American Coatings Association; 1500 Rhode Island Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20005. They can also be e-mailed to svalentine@paint.org.