Dr. MEHRAN ARBAB
Global Director, R&T, Aerospace Coatings & Sealants
PPG Industries, Inc., US
Mehran joined PPG in 1989 after a postdoctoral appointment at Case Western Reserve University. He worked on developing architectural and automotive glass products and managed technical groups in glass and aircraft transparencies before his appointment to Director, Glass Science & Technology in 2007 and to Global Director, Research & Technology, Aerospace Coatings & Sealants in 2015. Mehran is a two-time recipient of the PPG President’s Award for Technical Achievement and an elected member of the PPG Collegium. His published work includes 20 original research or review journal articles, and he holds 42 issued US patents. He earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials engineering from Rensselaer.
In this presentation, I will propose that innovation is necessary for sustainable growth, and change is a prerequisite for the vitality of an enterprise. I will describe four classes of innovation and will provide past examples in glass that have created new business models in this industry. Although my focus will be primarily on technology, through these examples I will demonstrate that commercial and supply chain innovations are often necessary for inventions to succeed.