“I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of my research colleagues,” said Mike Yajko, senior chemist for the Protective & Marine Coatings Technology Team. “This recognition is more than a symbol of technical achievements – it represents Sherwin-Williams' commitment to progressive innovation and technical excellence."
The award was presented to Yajko for his innovation and leadership on a cross-disciplinary team, which developed a method for visually determining the thickness of applied coatings.
Marine coatings applications typically require thousands of individual dry film thickness (DFT) readings during inspection. The team investigated the possibilities of a self-inspecting coating capable of providing a visual indication of film thickness during application.
Yajko demonstrated a novel non-contact inspection technique that will help applicators and inspectors identify potential defects. This results in returning assets to service quicker and extending the lifecycle of a marine vessel.