George A. Walrath earned a Master of Science Degree in Polymer Chemistry with a minor in Analytical Chemistry from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania Military College of PMC Colleges now Widner University. George has worked almost 50 years in the field of polymer chemistry starting at Schenectady Chemicals as a bench chemist working on coatings for magnet wires. He developed and patented several unique wire coatings including a polyamide used on the Space Shuttle and all aircraft manufactured in the United States after 1980. He has worked in the fields of Phenolic based molding compounds developing compounds used to manufacture grinding wheels for large grinding operations such as the armatures for the generators used to generate electrical power at the Hoover Dam as well as compounds used as switch mechanisms for surgical instruments and armatures of Ford automobiles. He has developed thermoset polyester molding compounds used for such products as the side tables for Webber Grills and under hood automotive applications such as valve covers found on GM products and headlight housings. In March, 2019 George retired as a Senior Scientist with the CertainTeed Corporation and having had responsibility for all Vinyl based chemistries used in exterior cladding, profile extrusion and foam applications. Following retirement George formed Walrath Consulting Services LLC..
George’s work in the field of thermal analysis dates back to the times of strip charts before the use of computers. His work in the fields of spectroscopy predates FTIR when a single IR curve would take 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
George has authored numerous papers on a variety of topics ranging from the use of DSC to introducing novel ideas and products. He holds US and foreign Patents in the field of Polymer Chemistry and the use of polymers to make novel products.
Outside of work George is married with 4 children and 10 grandchildren. He served his country, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and in his last assignment was the Officer in Charge of the Medical Laboratory for a 1,000 bed Hospital. He is an active Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Seplicar of Jerusalem, and a member of Alhambra an organization devoted to serving mentally and physically disadvantaged people.