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INDA appoints Jim Loftus as director of Technical Affairs
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announces the appointment of Jim Loftus as its new director of Education and Technical Affairs.
Jim Loftus brings to INDA years of experience in research and development functions from previous positions with Owens Corning and Union Carbide. Most recently, Loftus was research associate on the senior technical staff within the building materials Group of Owens Corning.
Loftus has a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s also in Polymer Science. He was Chair of Penn State’s External Advisory Board for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 2012-2014 and remains an active member. He has authored or co-authored 16 patents, according to a media statement.
Dave Rousse, INDA president said, “INDA’s director of Education and Technical Affairs is a critical function overseeing and expanding our educational and training programs for all levels of industry members, and for managing our international harmonized standards activities, our Product Stewardship activities, our Technical Advisory Board, and a host of other key service areas that INDA operates for its members. We look forward to having Jim on board to lead, direct, and refine these activities to better meet the evolving needs of our industry.”
He added, “Jim has the intellectual curiosity needed in this position and an outstanding technical and industry background, including serving as Chair of INDA’s Event Committee organizing the Research, Innovation and Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference and a term on INDA’s Board of Directors.”
Loftus said, “This is an exciting opportunity that I look forward to. Having been involved with INDA over the years as a member, as a Board member, and as a Committee Chair, I know first-hand the benefits the organization brings to the industry through its thought leadership, product stewardship, educational programs, and events bringing people together to advance their business interests.” (GK)