Roger Avakian graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree with Honors in Chemistry in 1973. Roger has over forty three years’ experience in thermoplastics and thermosets, composites, additives and elastomers. He has been at PolyOne for eighteen years and was PolyOne’s first CTO. Prior to that Roger spent twenty years at GE Plastics. He currently has 85 issued US patents. His current research interests are in barrier technologies, bio-materials and non-halogen flame retardant technologies.