Celebrating a 20-year Research Partnership
Mike hired Dan in 2001 to fill the key role of lab manager. For the past two decades, Dan’s supervised dozens of undergraduate and graduate students, supported Mike’s work and conducted his own research on synthetic polymers. Mike secures year-to-year funding from industrial partners to cover Dan’s salary.
“Research makes me happy and working with students keeps me active and continually renews my knowledge,” says Dan. “When I was young, I wanted to become an expert in a small and specific chemistry field. Silicone chemistry is the one for me and Mike is internationally known as a leading expert in silicones.”
So what’s been the key to a successful 20-year partnership? “Develop mutual respect and make sure both parties are part of the team,” says Mike.
Dan agrees that mutual trust and respect are key. “Mike always fully supports my work, knowing and valuing my contributions to research projects and lab management. Our communications with each other are always open-minded and lead to creative thinking.”