Kevin currently serves as a Technology Fellow in the External Innovation Division at Eastman Chemical Company. His role involves leading an External Scouting effort charged with identifying and compiling Eastman technology needs and then scouting externally to universities, startups & peer companies for developments that could help address these gaps. Kevin has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Akron. He joined Eastman in 1998 and moved through a variety of individual contributor and leadership assignments across R&D prior to a role as technology liaison to Corporate Development related to assessment, diligence, and integration of Eastman acquisitions. He spent a number of years in Technology Management for Additives and Functional Products as well as Corporate Innovation before joining External Innovation in 2018.