2008 Southern Regional Conference

Auburn University - Auburn , AL

April 4-6, 2008

Banquet Keynote Speaker

Gregory W. Nelson
Vice President, Corporate Technology
Eastman Chemical Company

Dr. Gregory W. Nelson is Vice President, Corporate Technology, Eastman Chemical Company.

He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1984 from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Emory University in 1988.  He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.

After graduation Dr. Nelson joined Eastman Chemical Company and conducted individual research in laboratory automation, polymers processing, polymer chemistry, and spectroscopic analysis of polymer systems and processes.

Dr. Nelson has held positions as:
•Market Development Manager for the Performance Plastics Business
•Group Leader for the Polymer Stabilization and Colorants Research Laboratory
•Technology Manager for the Flexible Plastics Business
•Business Unit Manager for the Polyethylene Business.
•Vice President, Technology for Voridian, a Division of Eastman Chemical Company.
•Vice President, Polymers Technology, Eastman Chemical Company

In 2007, Dr. Nelson was appointed to his current position.

Dr. Nelson is a member of the American Chemical Society and has held a position on the Board of Industrial Advisors to the University of Alabama Chemistry Department.