The Richard E. Tressler Lectures in Materials honors the very important work of Professor Richard E. Tressler who was head of Penn State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1991-2001. Read more
2020 Tressler Award
October 22, 2020 via Zoom
“Materials for Success: Bringing Together the Elements for a Successful Career”
Melissa Hockstad, M.S.
President and CEO, American Cleaning Institute
With a background in materials, your career possibilities are endless. Whether you aspire to conduct groundbreaking research as a professor, lead a critical government program, launch a startup, or be in the chief oxecutive officer suite for a major corporation, the skills you learn from Penn State’s Materials Science and Engineering program will play a critical role in your career trajectory. Hear from Melissa Hockstad ’98g, President and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute, about her career pathway, lessons learned and the most important skills you need to ensure career success.
Melissa Hockstad is President and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the leading association representing the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. In this role, she is responsible for the overall leadership of ACI including advocacy, science and research, communications, sustainability and business growth.
Prior to joining ACI she served as vice president, Petrochemicals at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). In this capacity, she was responsible for managing AFPM’s petrochemical activities including leadership of various petrochemical committees, organization of the International Petrochemical Conference, and providing support for addressing legislative, regulatory and communications issues impacting the petrochemicals membership.
She previously held positions at the Plastics Industry Association where she was the vice president – Science, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) where she served as performance improvement director as well as at Basell Polyolefins (now LyondellBasell) where she was a senior engineer.
Melissa received a M.S. in materials science and engineering from Penn State and a B.S. in engineering science from the University of Virginia.
Past Tressler Awardees
2020: Lawrence Hancock, Ph.D.
2019: Maureen L. Mulvihill, Ph.D.
2019: Amit Das, Ph.D.
2017: Dawne Moffatt-Fairbanks, Ph.D.
2016: Tim Hsu
2016: S. Jill Glass
2015: Curtis Johnson
2015: Joseph Monkowski
2015: Darryl Butt, Ph.D.
2013: Delbert E. Day, Ph.D.
2013: David R. Clarke, Ph.D.
2012: Nancy J. McGinnis
2012: Yet-Ming Chiang
2011: Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Ph.D.
2011: L. Eric Cross, Ph.D.
2011: Donald W. Hamer
2010: Ed Kramer, Ph.D.
2010: Naomi J. Halas, Ph.D.
2010: Gerbrand Ceder, Ph.D.
2010: Joseph A. Miller