Heidelberg University is to welcome Deborah Mielewski, technical leader of the Plastics Research Group at Ford Motor Co.'s Research Innovation Center, as the fall keynote speaker in the Patricia Adams Lecture Series next month.
Mielewski has been with the Plastics Research Group for 25 years and has worked in automotive paints, polymer processing and materials development at the company. She is part of an all-female team that began the biomaterials program in 2001. The team was the first to exhibit soy-based foam. Now, every Ford vehicle and more than 75 percent of the headrests in North American autos use the bio-based product.
"This is the first time we have invited a speaker from the automotive industry," Kathy Venema, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations at Heidelberg, said.
"Mielewski brings leadership of an all-female team that is unique in any industry, but in particular within the automotive industry. She is to talk to students about the work her team does to use innovative technology to improve Ford's impact on the environment and in her keynote address, she will be talking about sustainability and corporate partnerships."
Mielewski received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. She is the author of 30 journal articles and has 10 U.S patents.
"We look forward to her insights on science-related careers and how to succeed in a work environment," Venema said. "She is to also discuss with students ways to handle career and family balance issues while having a major impact in her work place and in her industry."
If you go:
Keynote address is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in Seiberling Gymnasium with a reception beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Cost is $30 per person and the deadline to RSVP is Sept. 19.
For additional information or to make reservations, visit www.heidelberg.edu/