Dixie Chemical Welcomes Dr. Gary Gladysz

[Pasadena, Texas] – April 2015

Dr. Gladysz Joins Dixie Chemical

In April 2015, Dr. Gladysz contracted with Dixie Chemical Company to collaborate as a Senior Technical Advisor for Syntactic and Structural Foams.  Prior to this, he had 15+ years designing composite materials and products with additional experience in ceramic composites, polymers, foams, thin films and metals.  He gained this broad composite materials and chemical engineering experience in a career spanning many sectors, including government R&D, academia and corporate R&D.  While VP of R&D at Trelleborg, he oversaw the development of lightweight materials for deep-sea and aerospace applications. At Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), he was Technical Lead for Rigid Composites and Thermoset Materials.   He led the Dept. of Energy (DOE) efforts in both composite foams and fiber composite materials, as well as contributed as a safety review committee member when composite materials were used in handling nuclear materials.  In 2005, he was awarded the LANL Distinguished Performance Group Award for his work leading materials development on the Reliable Replacement Warhead Feasibility Project.  In the university setting, he was part of the Chemical Engineering faculty at Youngstown State University, where he taught core chemical and materials engineering courses.


Dr. Gladysz has organized five international conferences/symposia on syntactic foams and composite materials.  He was on the organizing committee for inter-laboratory conferences (PolyMAC) and international “focused exchanges” for Department of Energy Labs.  He has served on funding review boards for LANL, NSF, and the Lindbergh Foundation, and has been guest editor on four issues of leading material science journals. He recently authored a book published by Elsevier in October 2014 titled “Voids in materials: From unavoidable defects to designed cellular materials.”  He is an owner/partner of Empyreus Solutions, LLC, a start-up company that develops composite materials and solutions for the hydrocarbon storage and transportation industry.  In addition to helping develop and guide Empyreus’ initial business strategy, Dr. Gladysz consults and leads university and government technical interactions.  In December 2014, he was appointed an Affiliate Member of the Materials Science & Engineering Conference Committee of Engineering Conference International (ECI).  Dr. Gladysz currently lives near Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Proven Partner

Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials. We are looking to the future of syntactic foams; creating business value for our customers by supplying the highest quality and best performance chemical products available.  Backing our partnership in innovation, you will have the largest manufacturer of alkenyl succinic anhydrides and a full line of anhydride epoxy curing agents.  Dixie Chemical is pleased to announce strengthened capabilities in the syntactic foams market with the addition of Dr. Gary M. Gladysz as a contracted Senior Technical Advisor, Syntactic and Structural Foams.  We will sponsor JEC Americas, June 2-4 in Houston, TX. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com or call us to discuss your next syntactic foam challenge.  Karana Shah (281) 291-2681 or Gary Gladysz (617) 759-5577.

Dr. Gary M. Gladysz, contracted Senior Technical Advisor and leader in composite materials

Dr. Gary M. Gladysz, contracted Senior Technical Advisor and leader in composite materials


About Dixie Chemical
Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com