John A. “Jack” Coppola retired from Johns Manville in 2007 as Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer responsible for R&D and new product innovation and commercialization for the company. Jack joined Johns Manville, headquartered in Denver, Colorado in 1996 as Vice President of R&D, but also had responsibilities for corporate HS&E, product stewardship and the Information Technology organizations.
Prior to joining JM in 1996, Jack was with The Carborundum Company for 24 years, based in Niagara Falls, NY. During that time he led a joint venture with Hitachi Chemical in Japan for three years, residing with his family in Tokyo. His last position with Carborundum was Vice President, Technology for the Carborundum and Advanced Materials business units of BP Chemicals.
Jack received his BS in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1966 and his MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1969 and 1971, respectively. He also was a post doctoral research assistant at Lehigh University from 1971-1972.
Jack was the recipient of Penn State’s 2006 ASM International McFarland award, a 1996 Penn State Earth & Mineral Science Centennial Fellow, an Alfred University 1994 Outstanding Alumni, the 1978 Niagara Frontier Inventor of the Year and received an Industrial Research magazine’s top 100 new products, IR 100, award in 1978.
Jack is a member and past Vice President of the American Ceramic Society, a member of Keramos and the Society of Sigma Xi. He has been active in advisory councils with Penn State’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering, the Colorado School of Mines and Denver University. He is a past president of Penn State’s Materials Science & Engineering External Advisory Board.
Jack and his wife Jane live in Morrison, Colorado and winter in Sarasota, Florida.