About Marek

Marek W. Urban is currently the J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Before joining Clemson in 2013, Marek was a professor of polymer science at USM and NDSU where he directed the Materials Research Science and Engineering (MRSEC) as well as Industry/University Cooperative Research (I/U CRC) Centers funded by the National Science Foundation.

Marek W. Urban, Ph.D.
J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Chemistry (joint appointment)
Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Macromolecular Science, Cleveland, OH (1984-86)
Ph.D. Michigan Technological University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Houghton, MI (1984)
M.S. Marquette University, Department of Chemistry; Milwaukee, WI (1981)
BS/MS AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cracow, Poland (1979)

Fellowships and Awards

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)(2019)
Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence (2019)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC); United Kingdom, Cambridge (2018)
University Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Award (URSAAA); Clemson University (2018)
Chemical Pioneer Award; American Institute of Chemists; Chemical Heritage Foundation; Philadelphia, PA (2017)
Fellow of the American Chemical Society; Polymeric Materials Science and EngineeringĀ  (PMSE) Division (2017)
Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation; Philadelphia (2017)
Faculty Scholar in School of Health Research; Clemson University, (2016)
Five Top World Innovations of the Year Award; Inst. Chem. Eng., Manchester, United Kingdom, (2012)
Distinguished Professorship Award, Shandong University, P.R.China (2009)
Outstanding Faculty Research Award, USM (2006)
Distinguished Research Award; Marquette University, Milwaukee (2004)
Distinguished LETTERS Scholar; USM (2003)
Innovation of the Year Award; USM (2003)
Dean of the College of Science and Technology Award; USM (2002)
Distinguished Alumni Award; Michigan Technological University (2000)
Roon Foundation Award; The Federation of Societies for Coatings Technologies (1999)
Technical Focus Speaker; Federation of Societies for Coatings Technologies (1999)
Alcoa Research Foundation Award; Alcoa Corporation (1996)
Megger’s Award; Applied Spectroscopy Journal (1989)
3M Company Award for Young Investigators (1987-1991)