James Madison University


Kyle G. Gipson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professorr
Department of Engineering
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Education & Experience

  • Assistant Professor, James Madison University (2011 - present)
  • Ph.D., Clemson University (2011)
  • Technical Manager, Milliken & Company, Performance Products Division (2006-1999)
  • M.S. in Textile Technology, Institute of Textile Technology (1999)
  • Milliken & Company Industrial Fellowship (1997-1999)
  • Process Specialist, Milliken & Company, Greige Fine Goods Division (1997-1995)
  • B.S. in Physics, Wofford College (1995)

Honors & Awards

  • Clemson University School of Materials Science and Engineering David Jennings Fellow (2006-2011)
  • Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Fellow (2010)
  • South East Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Fellow (2008-2011)
  • Milliken & Company All Star (2003)
  • Milliken & Company Innovators Hall of Fame (2001)

Research Interests

  • Production of rare-earth doped polymer nanocomposites through aqueous-colloidal synthesis techniques
  • Characterization of polymer nanocomposites
  • Increasing capacity for diversity within science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines

Research Description

Dr. Gipson joined the School of Engineering and the Center for Materials Science here at JMU in 2011. While at Clemson University, Dr. Gipson conducted research about polymer nanocomposites for optical applications in addition to engineering education research centered on increasing diversity within STEM disciplines. As a graduate student, Dr. Gipson mentored undergraduates in summer research projects, as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and a joint program between the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies at Clemson University and Furman University.

Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Gipson served in various positions with Milliken & Company. The last position he held with the company was Technical Manager for one of the business units. In this capacity, he managed the development and deployment of new-to-world products, product enhancements, and product design modifications engineered to meet specific end-use applications.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Gipson, K.; Kucera, C.; Stadther, D.; Stevens, K.; Ballato, J.; Brown, P., "The Influence of Synthesis Parameters on Particle Size and Photoluminescence Characteristics of Ligand Capped Tb3+:LaF3", Polymers, 2011, 3, 2039-2052, doi:10.3390/polym3042039.

  • Gipson, K.; Ellerbrock, B.; Stevens, K.; Brown, P.; Ballato, J., "Light-Emitting Polymer Nanocomposites", J. Nanotechn., 2011, Article ID 386503, 8 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/386503.

  • Martin, J.; Gipson, K.; Miller, M., "Developing a Survey Instrument to Characterize Social Capital Resources Impacting Undergraduates' Decisions to Enter and Persist in Engineering," Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) - conference paper, Rapid City, South Dakota, October, 2011.

  • Gipson, K.; Brown, P.; Stevens, K.; Cox, C."Properties, Characterization and Fiber Extrusion Simulation of Novel Amorphous Polymers for Optical Application," American Society of Mechanical Engineers - International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition(ASME-IMECE) - conference paper, Orlando, Florida, November, 2009.


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