KENNETH G. MAYHAN
BS ChE 1956, Washington University
Kenneth completed a BS and MS in chemical engineering at Washington University in 1956 & 1960 before pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Upon completing his PhD, he worked as a post doc at the Mellon Institute prior to starting as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at UMR in 1966. Kenneth was promoted to associate professor in 1968 and full professor in 1971. In 1976, Kenneth left the University of Missouri-Rolla to work in the private sector for the Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Technology & Ventures Division in Irvine, California. Kenneth started as a research manager supervising basic research and development for biomaterials synthesis and characterization for implant devices. In 1980, he was promoted to Director of Research and Development. In 1990, Kenneth was granted the status of senior scientist where he worked independently on biomaterials and processes. In 1994, he established KGM West Associates, Inc., which is a consulting firm that provides a formal mechanism for providing materials expertise to biomaterials device manufacturers.
Kenneth has authored and co-authored 100 plus scientific articles, 15 plus basic patents relating to biomaterials, 3 patents relating to engineering materials and various lectures and presentations at national and local scientific organizations. Kenneth has been or is currently active with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi. He was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award three times and an Alumni Research Award while at UMR. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award, the Annual Distinguished Technical Contribution Award and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council while at Baxter. Kenneth and his wife Helena reside in Sonora, California. Kenneth was inducted into the Academy in 2002.