Dr. Judit Puskas (2014) is the Joseph M. Gingo Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Akron's College of Engineering. She received a PhD in plastics and rubber technology in 1985, and an M. E. Science in organic and biochemical engineering in 1977, from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Puskas has been published in more than 350 publications, including technical reports, is an inventor or co-inventor of 30 U.S. patents and applications, and has been Chair or organizer of a number of international conferences. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 1999 PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada) Medal in Research & Development, a 2000 Premier's Research Excellence Award, the 2009 "Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers" Award of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, the 2012 Woman of Achievement Award, and the 2014 Outstanding UA Researcher Award. She was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2010, and of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in 2013. In 2012 she was one of the five winners of the GE Healthymagination Breast Cancer Challenge Award, selected from over 400 international applications. Professor Puskas has raised over $4 million for research in Canada, and over $10 million since joining The University of Akron. As a co-inventor of the polymer used on the Taxus® coronary stent, Puskas helped The University of Akron generate more than $5 million in license fees.