Team Spotlight

Kevin White, Ph.D

COO / Principal Scientist

kevin@AkronAscent.com

AAI’s COO and Principal Scientist Kevin White delivering a pitch at the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council’s technology showcase, hosted this year by Procter & Gamble at their Cincinnati headquarters. AAI and our ShearGrip bio-inspired dry adhesive technology was selected from a pool of over 30 companies and took home the top prize.

AAI’s COO and Principal Scientist Kevin White delivering a pitch at the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council’s technology showcase, hosted this year by Procter & Gamble at their Cincinnati headquarters. AAI and our ShearGrip bio-inspired dry adhesive technology was selected from a pool of over 30 companies and took home the top prize.

Kevin joined AAI in 2015 to “re-found” the company and lead the transition from concept to material, application, and product, and back again after commercialization. He has been responsible for investor relations, market analysis, customer development, sales channel development, execution of quality control standards, supply chain management, risk management, environmental health and safety, inventory control, budgeting, proposal writing, materials safety auditing, interviewing and hiring, facilities design, procurement, testing standardization, website design, and training. If you need something related to AAI, contact Kevin.

Kevin was recruited for AAI at a conference in Kyoto, Japan, attended by Prof. Josh Wong, AAI co-founder and current CTO. At the time, he was working as a post-doctoral fellow for the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER) at Kyushu University in Japan, investigating methods for enhance photo-catalytic splitting of water for hydrogen fuel cells. His work was supervised by Professor Atsushi Takahara.

Prior to his post-doctoral research, he worked as a graduate student in Professor Hung-Jue Sue’s research group at Texas A&M University, investigating the influence of nanoparticle fillers on the fundamental flow behavior and mechanical properties of polymers. This interest in the relationship between micro-structure and properties remains a major driving force behind AAI’s research programs.

Kevin received his Ph.D from Texas A&M in Mechanical Engineering in 2013, and received dual undergraduate degrees from Southwestern University and Texas A&M University in Physical Science and Industrial Engineering, respectively. He has authored or co-authored over 25 research articles and 30 conference proceedings, and is an inventor on 5 patents. He is an active member of the American Chemical Society and Society of Plastics Engineers.