MII Alumni Highlight: Jonathan Goff, President of Gelest, Inc.

Jonathan Goff, an alumnus of the Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MACR) Degree Program, has recently been named President of Gelest, Inc. He earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in 2009, advised by Judy Riffle. The subject of his graduate research was the synthesis and characterization of novel polyethers and polydimethylsiloxanes for use in biomaterials.

Gelest, headquartered in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, is an innovator, manufacturer, and supplier of silicones, organosilanes, metal-organics, and specialty monomers for advanced technology end markets including medical devices, life sciences, microelectronics, and personal care.

Recalling his education at MII, Goff states, “MACR gave me a deep understanding of all aspects of polymer chemistry/materials science.  It also gave me the chance to learn how to work effectively with cross-functional/interdisciplinary teams on research projects.  This has been invaluable in my career.”

Dr. Barry Arkles, the Founder of Gelest, has said of Goff, “His strong grasp of the technology and markets and a leadership style that is at once inclusive and directional gives all stakeholders assurance that the strong growth and innovation that characterizes Gelest will continue.  Jonathan brings palpable excitement and creativity to Gelest in his new role.”

For more information, visit www.gelest.com.