SPRINGDALE, Ark.--NanoMech today announced that Dr. John White, one of our Country’s most renowned engineering scholars and technology business leaders, has become a significant investor and member of our distinguished Board of Advisors. Among many outstanding leadership positions in science, academia and business, Dr. White served 11 years as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas and 6 years as Georgia Tech’s Dean of Engineering.
Chancellor White said, “I am delighted to accept a role with NanoMech on their NanoMech Advisory Board along with several well known and creative American technology, innovation, media, and manufacturing leaders. I have personally been associated with Dr. Ajay Malshe for many years appreciating his rare counter-intuitive intellect and combination of academic and creative leadership excellence along with his relentless drive as an expert science and engineering practitioner. The combination of Ajay with Jim Phillips’ demonstrated skill-sets in technology entrepreneurship bodes well for continuing to build out a world class material science company with breakthrough products making America more competitive.”
White has served on several boards of directors for publicly traded corporations, including Eastman Chemical Company (1994-2004); J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (1998-2016); Logility, Inc. (1997-2009); Motorola, Inc. (1995-2011); Motorola Solutions, Inc. (2011-2014), and Russell Corporation (1992-2006). His industrial experience includes employment with Eastman Chemical Company, Ethyl Corporation, and Rockwell, Inc. He has served as a consultant to AT&T, Briggs & Stratton, Burlington, Coca-Cola, Corning, DuPont, Federal Reserve Bank, Ford, IBM, L. L. Bean, Tektronix, Texas Instruments, U.S. Navy, Westinghouse, and Xerox, among others. In 1977, he founded a logistics consulting firm, SysteCon, Inc., and served as its chairman until its acquisition by Coopers & Lybrand in 1984; he served as an Executive Consultant for Coopers & Lybrand until 1993.
Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech Inc., stated, “Dr. White is truly a national treasure in science and engineering leadership, including his excellent reputation for advancing innovation, tech transfer and commercialization on both a federal and state level at the very best institutions in America.”
White noted, “Any and all proceeds from my investment in NanoMech will go to the University of Arkansas. Research performed at the University of Arkansas by Dr. Malshe and his students led to NanoMech’s creation. As chancellor, one of my goals was for research performed by our faculty to spawn high-tech companies and lead to economic development. NanoMech is a shining example of a research university being an economic engine for a region and state.”
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, White served two six-year terms on the National Science Board. In addition, he served as: president and director of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); chairman of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES); and president of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM).
Dr. Ajay Malshe, the CTO and founder of NanoMech said, “It is humbling to receive strong endorsement from Dr. White, who is one of the world’s top Industrial Engineers, and welcome him and Mary Lib to the NanoMech family. We appreciate their trust for the world-class NanoMech team, as NanoMech is making history for the state, in tech-transfer and commercialization, and for the nation in the field of Nanomanufacturing. NanoMech is the country’s top leading nanomanufacturing company, and experienced engineering business advise from Dr. White will be a treasure for continuing to achieve global leadership. Since the first NNI bill was passed in early 2000, nanotechnology has been touted as the next big revolution for the 21st Century, which NanoMech is successfully bringing to the Fortune 100 and 500 companies across the world.”
White’s awards include: NSF’s Distinguished Service Award; ASEE’s National Engineering Economy Teaching Excellence Award, Donald E. Marlowe Distinguished Education Administration Award, and its John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award; the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers; AAES’s Kenneth Andrew Roe Award; IIE’s highest award, the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award; IIE’s David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award; IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award; IIE’s Outstanding Publication Award; IIE’s Book of the Year Award (three times); IIE’s Wellington Award; Virginia Tech’s Academy of Engineering Excellence; University of Florida’s Gator Engineer Award; Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas; and Georgia Tech’s Teacher of the Year, among others.
A native Arkansan, John A. White, Jr., is a 1962 BSIE graduate of the University of Arkansas. White is married to Mary Elizabeth Quarles White; they have a daughter, a son, three granddaughters, and a grandson.
NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.
NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nano-engineered and nanomanufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nano-engineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in very advanced energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles as well as consumer products, and strategic military applications. NanoMech has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.NanoMech.com.