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Gregory McKenna

Research Professor

Engineering Building I (EB1) 2100C


Research Focus Areas: Small Molecule Interactions with Glassy Polymers, Torsion & Normal Force Measurements, Nanorheology & Nanomechanics, Melt & Solution Rheometry, Residual Stresses in Composite Materials.


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah (1976)
M.S., Composite Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971)
B.S., Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1970)

Honors and Awards

  • Polymer Engineering and Science publishes (Virtual) Special Issue in honor of Greg McKenna 2022
  • Fellowship in the Society of Rheology (SOR) 2020
  • Fellowship in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) 2019
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2017
  • Fellow, North American Thermal Analysis Society 2017
  • Mercator Fellow, IRTG, Instutit Charles Sadron and University of Freiburg 2016
  • Barnie E. Rushing Award for Distinguished Research, TTU Parents Association 2015
  • Joliot Chair for Visiting Professors, E.S.P.C.I., Paris, FR (January-April) 2014
  • Scientist of the Year, ARCS, Lubbock Chapter (co-awardee S.L. Simon) 2013
  • Michelin Chair for Visiting Professors at the E.S.P.C.I. in Paris, FR (July) 2010
  • Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology (Highest award of society) 2009
  • Founders Award, Polymer Analysis Division, Society of Plastics Engineers 2007
  • George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research, Rubber Division, American Chemical Society 2006
  • Fellow, Society of Engineering Science 2005
  • International Award, Society of Plastics Engineers (Highest award of society) 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award for Service to the Polymer Analysis Division, Society of Plastics Engineers 2002
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Thermal Analysis, North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) (Highest award of society) 2001
  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Composites, Polymer Matrix Division 2000
  • SPE International Research Award, Society of Plastics Engineers 2000
  • Russell Severance Springer Professorship (Visiting), University of California Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering 2000
  • Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers 1998
  • Society of Plastics Engineers Best Paper Award, EPSDIV 1996
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award 1992
  • Edward U. Condon Award for Distinguished Achievement in Writing 1989
  • Fellow, American Physical Society 1989