The Research/Engineering Technology Award 2012 goes to Dr.Krishna Venkataswamy, Senior Global Technology Director, GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers.The other laureates are Dr.Lloyd M. Robeson, Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University, ret. Air Products (International Award); Steve Maguire, President, Maguire Products Inc. (Business Management Award); Gerard McNally, Director of the Polymer Processing Research Center, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland (Education Award)The prestigious SPE Annual Awards 2012 will be presented on Sunday, 1 April 2012, at the NPE2012 Opening Gala in Orlando. Krishna Venkataswamy is Senior Global Technology Director of GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, PolyOne Corporation, McHenry, IL, USA. He heads up the product development, application development, materials science and technology, and foundation research efforts. Krishna Venkataswamy has been in the TPE industry for 25 years. He has worked in TPE development for consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications and his efforts have led to several commercial products. He has nearly combined fifty patents and papers to his credit. Dr. Venkataswamy was honored with the "2006 Fellow Award" from the Society of Plastics Engineers for his technical contributions and commercial successes in the Thermoplastic Elastomer Industry. He has been the recipient of the "Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in 1999", from the Society of Plastics Engineers for his outstanding leadership contributions as the Chairman of Board of Engineering Properties and Structures Division (EPSDIV) for 1997-1998. He was the Chairman for the New Technology Forum" which is focused on conducting symposiums on future trends in technology treat the SPE national meetings. He served as a Director on the EPSDIV Board for 10 years. He is a Director of the Distinguished Alumni Board at the University of Florida. In 1986 he was awarded the Sherwin-Williams/lCI award in Applied Polymer Science from Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, of American Chemical Society. Dr. Venkataswamy was awarded a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Case Western University in 1985. He has MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.