Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The 2012 IRI Achievement Award

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The 2012 IRI Achievement Award

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The IRI Achievement Award, established in 1973, is presented each year to honor outstanding accomplishment in individual creativity and innovation that contributes broadly to the development of industry and the benefit of society.

The 2012 Achievement Award was presented to Dr. John J. Curro in recognition of his demonstrated capability in developing transformative technologies for successful business propositions and for inspiring future technologists around the world.

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John Curro joined Procter & Gamble as a staff scientist in the engineering development division in 1982, the same year he earned his doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Cincinnati. Over the years, he led a series of breakthrough material developments from initial invention through to successful commercialization. He is the lead inventor of an internally developed technology family known as solid state formation technology (SSFT), a capability based on the novel application of polymer deformation physics with high-speed mechanical process design. The technology, which allows for the creation of microporous breathable films, elastic breathable composites, and engineered textures, among other applications, has been adopted across a wide range of consumer products. …

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