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Academics & Arts
Laurel School alumna, Kathleen Collen Gisser ’83

Kathleen Collen Gisser ’83

Staff Scientist • The Sherwin-Williams Company
B.S., Chemistry and Classical Civilization, Yale University 1987
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1992
Making her mark in STEM:
  • Identifies university, start-up and small company partners that have technology useful for paints and coatings
  • Twelve US patents in the areas of paint and film technology
  • Best known as the program leader for “PaintShield, Protection from Microbial Threats,” a multi-year Sherwin-Williams innovation project to develop an EPA-registered paint that kills bacteria
  • Two-time winner of the Percy Neyman Award (the most prestigious technical award at Sherwin-Williams, 2018 and 2021)
  • Mentor of The Year Award for Global Supply Chain R&D at Sherwin-Williams (2014)
  • Sherwin-Williams Corporate Technical Achievement Award for the development of Sherwin-Williams Enhanced Harmony® Paint with Formaldehyde Reduction Technology (2013)
  • Author of the award-winning application for the Scientific/Engineering Award for Premier Color Print film from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (2003)
  • New Product Development Professional certification from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
  • Profiled in Find Your Path: Unconventional Lessons from 36 Leading Scientists and Engineers by Daniel Goodman (MIT Press, December 2019)
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