Title: Professor, Chemical and Paper Engineering
Company: Western Michigan University
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Paul D. Fleming III, PHD, Professor of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of science education.
When Dr. Fleming was in middle school, he became interested in astronomy and planets and started to read about atomic energy. He decided that he would become a nuclear physicist, a desire that remained with him until he started his undergraduate studies at Ohio State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1964. He then attended Harvard University and earned a Master of Arts in 1966 as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical physics in 1970. Though Dr. Fleming was interested in studying molecular atomic physics, Harvard did not have a molecular atomic physics program in the physics department. They did however have the program in the chemistry department and Harvard accepted Dr. Fleming and funded him during his time at the university.
Following his graduation and postdoctoral studies with Columbia University and Brown University, Dr. Fleming worked as a senior research specialist for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, from 1974 to 1986. He then worked as a group leader at GenCorp in Akron, Oklahoma, from 1986 to 1996 before assuming his current role of professor of chemical and paper engineering at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to his main pursuits, Dr. Fleming contributed articles to numerous publications, including the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. His areas of expertise include molecular theory of surface tension, surfaces, surface energy, surface tensions, color theory, color management, coding, printed electronics, large scale simulations, and polymer physics in chemistry and theory.
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