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JOHN D. CULTER
BS PE Eng 1959, University of Tulsa
John's career began as a research engineer for Continental Oil Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1960. He worked on well logging technology and rheology of oil well completion fluids. He developed a U.S. Patent for an oil drag reducer. In 1969, John came to the University of Missouri-Rolla to get a PhD in Chemical Engineering and completed his PhD in 1973. After completing his PhD at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Dr. Culter went to work at American Enka Company developing early polyester beverage bottle technology. In 1976, he went to work for St. Regis Corporation in West Nyack, New York as a manager of Polymer and Converting Technologies. From 1984-1997, John worked for General Mills, Inc. first as a principal scientist and in 1994 he was promoted to senior principal scientist. While working for General Mills, he headed a group of corporate technical resources in corrugated, advanced packaging design and materials technology. In 1997, John became an Adjunct Professor at The School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Also in 1997, John taught Introductory Packaging in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in 1998, he taught portions of Food Safety and Preservation at Michigan State University. In 1999, he taught Regulatory Issues in Packaging, in Buenos Aires. He co-authored a textbook "Plastics Packaging" which was published in 2000. John developed and taught "Polymer Science for Packaging Applications" over the Internet as a part of the online MS program. He has developed and is teaching a course "Polymer Processing Effects on Packaging Materials" online since 2004. In 1988, John became president of Advance Materials Engineering, Inc. which is a consulting corporation formed to consult in the area of packaging and converting technologies.
John has 15 technical publications and co-authored a textbook. He has 4 U.S. Patents. John and his wife Shirley reside in Naples, Florida. John was inducted into the Academy in 2002.