Douglass Kalika is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Doug holds degrees from M.I.T. and the University of California at Berkeley, and joined the chemical engineering faculty at Kentucky in 1990. His research has been focused on polymer processing and rheology, and the investigation of structure and dynamics in crystallizable polymers and blends, composites and membranes. Doug has held a number of administrative positions at UK, including Senior Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Graduate School (1998-2003), and was appointed Department Chair in 2009.
Doug has been active in MESD and AIChE programming for nearly 20 years, having served as Chair of the Materials Poster Session (1993-1996), Vice-Chair and Chair of the Polymers Area (1997-2001), MESD Webmaster (1997-2001), and MESD Director (1999-2001). In addition, he served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Division from 2001 to 2004. Doug was first elected Secretary/Treasurer in 2007.