The College would like to congratulate the 2008-2009 Gallery of Success awardees, chosen for their outstanding accomplishments in the science and technology fields.
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|Albert Brown, CST' 64|
|Herb Goronkin, Ph.D., CST 61, 62, 73|
Albert B. Brown, who received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Temple, has spent over 40 years in research as a Chief Scientist and Corporate Fellow for Rohm and Haas. Recently acquired by Dow Chemicals, Rohm and Haas will soon be the world’s leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals in the world. After graduating from Temple, Brown began working as a chemist in the newly formed Emulsion Synthesis Department. In 1971, he moved to the Coatings area to work on new metal protection paints and coatings, and was named a senior chemist two years later. He then turned his attention to better adhesion and flow innovations for house paints in the Architectural Binders area and in 1979, and was named a section manager. In 1992 he was named a Director of Synthesis for Coatings and in 1997 Director of Synthesis for the Corporation.
It was in Brown’s first chemistry class at Temple that he realized he had an interest in pursuing this field, with the encouragement of his professor John Foy. In his senior year at Temple, Dr. Edward Howard introduced him to Carbon Chemistry which later became the foundations of his successful work in the chemistry industry.
In 2001, Mr. Brown’s significant work in the field of polymers earned him the designation of Corporate Research Fellow at Rohm and Haas. Corporate Research Fellow is an honor reserved for very few scientists who have consistently delivered strategic innovations, technical leadership, and sustained success to the company. He is only the third Corporate Fellow in the 99 year history of the company.
Mr. Brown’s work has led him to become a leading worldwide expert in emulsion polymerization, contributing to a number of new product technologies. Brown has chaired the prestigious Otto Hass Award selection committee for nine years and served on the Senior Fellow Selection committee. He is regarded as a highly respected figure in the technology community, advising numerous research departments and businesses and called upon by well known technical groups for his polymerization expertise.
Albert Brown has three children and currently resides in Buckingham, Pennsylvania with his wife Marie.
Dr. Herb Goronkin received his BA, MA and PhD in Physics from Temple University in 1973. He began his career doing research in compound semiconductors, silicon ICs, microwave semiconductor devices and optical sensors. In 1977, Goronkin joined Motorola to develop the GaA electronic program and went on to become Vice President and Director of Motorola’s Physical Research Laboratories until he retired in 2003. His research in the area of nanoelectronics led to the development of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and his work while at Motorola earned him the Distinguished Innovator Award in 1992 and the Master Innovator Award in 1995. In 1998, he received Motorola’s highest technical distinction, the Dan Nobel Fellow.
During his distinguished career, Dr. Goronkin developed over 65 patents and had numerous publications. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and was selected as Senior Engineer of the Year in 1993 by the Phoenix Chapter. Dr. Goronkin has served on numerous advisory boards and professional organizations and is the Honorary Chair of the NanoBusiness Alliance Advisory Board, a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies and a senior advisor for the Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense.
Dr. Goronkin is currently the President of Technology Acceleration Associates, Inc., an organization specializing in improving research and development effectiveness and technology transfer whose clients include U.S. and foreign industries as well as universities and national labs. He has four children and lives in Arizona with his wife Pam.