Sherwin-Williams Backs IAM Research


Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Company is making a $1-million commitment to materials research through the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), the company announced Monday (Nov. 2).

This pledge joins the Fortune 500 company’s nearly 150 years of experience as a global paints and coatings leader with the university’s extensive research in advanced materials and polymers.

The funding will support collaborative projects with CWRU faculty and graduate students aimed at creating innovative designs in coating technologies.  

"We deeply appreciate Sherwin Williams' long engagement with our university and more recent involvement with our Institute for Advanced Materials," said W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III, provost and executive vice president.

"The institute has catalyzed impressive partnerships within Case Western Reserve, and this new commitment will foster even more collaboration between our organizations,” he added. “We are very grateful."

Institute for Advanced Materials

Founded in 2010, IAM works to enhance and energize Ohio's industrial base and manufacturing capability by leveraging a broad range of materials as a foundation for innovations in multiple technology sectors.

The institute provides an interdisciplinary research approach at CWRU, serving as an engine to advance new materials research and enhance the region's economic viability.

According to Stuart Rowan, director of the institute and Kent Hale Smith Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve, the work done by Sherwin-Williams’, IAM and university faculty has led to a number of innovations in materials research.

"We are excited for the potential of our continued collaboration and the vision, not only to advance coatings technologies, but also make a positive impact on our region's economy," he said.

A Shared History

The two institutions, whose roots each date to the 1800s, have partnered on various endeavors since Sherwin-Williams opened its first chemistry research lab 75 years ago on what is now the CWRU campus.

Case Western Reserve University

The Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) performs extensive research in advanced materials and polymers.

Sherwin-Williams has previously invested in research through IAM, has routinely sponsored university events and has participated in executive education programs at CWRU.

Additionally, several CWRU graduates have served in executive positions at Sherwin-Williams, and more than 70 CWRU alumni are in the current Sherwin-Williams workforce.

“Our continued success and growth depends on a robust innovation pipeline,” said Diana Strongosky, SVP R&D Global Supply Chain and Director of the Breen Technology Center. 

“Long-term productive partnerships, like the one we have with CWRU, are critical to developing best-in-class technology and the next generation of research scientists who will pioneer continuous innovations which increase shareholder value and financial performance."


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