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:
  • Leads new product development projects in the technical area of paints, films and coatings
  • 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
  • New Product Development Professional certification from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
  • Percy Neyman Award (the most prestigious technical award at Sherwin-Williams, 2018)
  • 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)
  • Twelve US patent applications
  • 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)
  • Profiled in “Find Your Path: Unconventional Lessons from 36 Leading Scientists and Engineers” by Daniel Goodman (MIT Press, December 2019)
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