Prof. James (Jim) Watkins, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jim Watkins is Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering and Director of the Institute for Hierarchical Manufacturing (IHM), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Watkins received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  He joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at UMass in 1996 and the Polymer Science and Engineering Faculty in 2005. From 2006 to 2018 Professor Watkins served as PI and Director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). Upon completion of NSF funding, the CHM transitioned to the IHM and currently supports the work of approximately 20 faculty involved in nanomanufacturing and additive manufacturing. From 2014-2018 Professor Watkins served as the founding Director of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM) and led the development of the Advanced Print and Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing (APRM) Demonstration facility, a comprehensive user facility for printed and flexible electronics and devices. Since 1996, Professor Watkins has guided the research of more than 40 Ph.D. students, has authored more than 125 papers, has been granted 12 patents, and has presented more than 225 invited lectures. He is a recipient of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. He received the UMass Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Activity and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.  
23 JANUARY 2022