NDSU’s researchers are experts in their fields, with significant industry, academic and laboratory experience.
Dr. Gordon Bierwagen—CSP Director
Dr. Bierwagen has been involved in R&D in coatings since his work at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio. His experience also includes 16 years in a variety of positions with Sherwin-Williams Research Center, Chicago. He also served as director of R&D for the Decorative Films Division of Avery, Inc., Schererville, Ind. Dr. Bierwagen joined NDSU’s Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials in 1989, serving as chair for seven years. At NDSU, Dr. Bierwagen has been the leader in the invention of a new method of protecting aluminum alloys against corrosion. An ongoing research thrust in his group has been the development of quantitative lifetime prediction techniques for corrosion protection, and the development of quantitative, objective techniques for the accelerated testing of coatings. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics from Valparaiso University, a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Iowa State University, and did post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Jolynne R. Tschetter—Executive Director, Corporate & Foundation Research Relations
Jolynne Tschetter builds research relationships and sponsorship opportunities with foundations and business partners interested in accessing research expertise at NDSU. She previously served as the commercialization manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she managed Research North Dakota, a research and development grant program focused on public/private partnerships. She holds a B.S. degree in biotechnology from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in veterinary science from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Tschetter’s professional background includes: a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute; research positions at a start-up biotechnology company and at a large pharmaceutical company; a research assistant professor position at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia; as well as promoting economic development in her prior position with the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Mr. Rob Sailer—CSP Research Engineer
Mr. Sailer obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from NDSU, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He previously worked at Valspar, Minneapolis, Minn., a global leader in coatings. Sailer’s work assisted in the development of two patented processes for Valspar. He also worked at Donaldson Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., and was responsible for development, qualification and quality monitoring of new filtration media. Sailer joined NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2004. He currently supports research on durable hybrid coatings, gun barrel coatings, laser cladding, and other hard coatings programs.