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2003 Roy W. Tess Award.

The Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings is presented annually by the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) in recognition of outstanding contributions to coatings science and technology. Funded by a grant to the Division by Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Tess, the purpose of the award is to encourage interest and progress in coatings and recognize significant contributions to the field. Dr. Rose Ryntz, Manager and Staff Technical Fellow with Visteon Corporation, Dearborn, MI, received the award from Dr. Paul Valint, Jr., Chair of the PMSE Division in September 2003 during the 226th meeting of the American Chemical Society in New York, NY. Dr. Ryntz's award address followed the Award Symposium. The following papers were presented at that symposium.

Rose A. Ryntz

Dr. Rose A. Ryntz, Manager and Staff Technical Fellow with Visteon Corporation, Dearborn, MI, is recognized as one of the world's leading experts in the area of automotive plastics coatings and has developed new techniques to study paint on plastic performance, including scratch and gouge resistance. An author of over 75 papers and 25 patents in the paint and plastics field, Dr. Ryntz has also written one book, Adhesion to Plastics: Molding and Paintability and edited two books, Plastics and Coatings: Durability, Stabilization, and Testing and Coatings of Polymers and Plastics. Dr. Ryntz earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wayne State University, a Ph.D. in Organic Polymer Chemistry from the University of Detroit, and an M.B.A from Michigan State University.

In 1983, Dr. Ryntz joined the Dow Chemical Company as a Senior Research Chemist. In 1985, she joined the Mt. Clemens Paint Plant of Ford Motor Company and moved to DuPont Automotive Coatings following their purchase of Ford's paint facility. She joined Akzo Coatings, Inc. in 1989 and was appointed Technical Director for Plastics and Industrial Finishes. In 1992, Dr. Ryntz rejoined the Ford Motor Company working as a Sr. Technical Specialist in the Plastics & Trim Products Division (Visteon). She is currently Senior Manager for Advanced Material and Fastener Engineering for Visteon Corporation and also holds the technical scientist position, Staff Technical Fellow.


Dr. Ryntz is an active member in the coatings community and she has served the Federation of Societies of Coatings Technology in numerous capacities, including Past Chair of the Professional Development, Annual Meeting Program, and Industry Relations Task Force Committees. Dr. Ryntz was a member of the FSCT Events Steering Committee, the Technical Advisory, Operating, Nominations, and Paint Industries' Show Committees, and was a Trustee of CIEF. A member of the FSCT Publications Committee, she also serves on the Editorial Review Board of JCT RESEARCH and the Advisory Board of JCT COATINGSTECH. Dr. Ryntz was Technical Chair for the Detroit Society from 1988-1994. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit/Mercy, the University of Wisconsin, Kent State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. She also served as Chair of the Younger Chemists Steering Committee for the American Chemical Society from 1988-1990.

In recognition of her contributions, Dr. Ryntz has received a number of awards including the 2000 George B. Heckel Award, the FSCT's highest honor, as well as first place in the 2000 FSCT Roon Foundation Award Competition, the 2003 Roy W. Tess Award from the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society, and the 2004 Women's Automotive Association International's Professional Achievement Award. She is also the recipient of the Henry Ford Technology Award and several customer driven quality awards from the Ford Motor Company, the Gold Award, and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit for contributions to advancing the knowledge of science and engineering.
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Date:Jan 1, 2005
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