MILSPRAY™ President and CEO, Brian Feser, announced the promotion of Matthew Johnston to Senior Director of Research & Development effective immediately. Johnston joined MILSPRAY™ in 2010, and has over a decade of specialty polymer development for US Military and commercial applications. He is a Subject Matter Expert in Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC) and waterborne CARC coatings development.
During his career at MILSPRAY™, he has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the development of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Contract W911NF-09-02-0001 Multi-functional Stealth Coatings; PI for MILSPRAY’s new Ballistic Resistant System™ (BRS™) for police vehicles; PI for the development of energy-dissipative ballistic mitigation polymer systems; and PI for the development of optically clear energy-deflective ballistic polymer systems. Johnston has authored four (4) patents for MILSPRAY’s Spot Shot™ touch-up paint systems as well as patents for developing a new category of touch-up paint application systems. Johnston has thirteen (13) joint patent applications pending.
Prior to joining MILSPRAY™, Johnston held several positions with PPG Industries headquartered in Pittsburg, PA. He served as the Principal Investigator for the development of a multi-stage cured Radar Absorbing Material (RAM) for stealth aircrafts; development of direct-to-metal locomotive coatings; development of waterborne Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC), and formulations of urethane and epoxy coatings. Prior to his time at PPG Industries, he served as an Assistant Scientist performing Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) chemical characterization of World Trade Center dust and debris following the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster which is now known as World Trade Center Dust.
Johnston successfully leads a team of highly skilled and motivated Engineers, Physicists and Chemists. He is a strong supporter of MILSPRAY’s Emerging Leaders Internship Program combined with a strong advocacy for promoting exciting careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines. He has been an integral part of developing the next generation of future women leaders in STEM, and is mentoring two female Chemistry and Engineering students, whom he hired as summer interns.
Feser said, “Matthew has been instrumental in developing key technologies that have become part of our core competencies. In addition, he has demonstrated his ability to directly contribute to the strategic growth of the business, execute flawlessly and lead high-performing teams. His extensive experience, combined with a deep understanding of specialty polymer development and ballistic materials, makes him an ideal leader for our Research and Development efforts.”