Stephen Burke Driscoll

Steven Driscoll Burke

Stephen Burke Driscoll, Plastics Engineering

978-934 3431
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New polymeric materials, additives, fillers, economic evaluations, elastomers, & rheology

Research Interest

Polymer blends and alloys, polymer modifiers and additives, dynamic mechanical behavior, and economic considerations in the commercial development of plastics.

Educational Background

B.S., M.S., Lowell Technological Institute


Professor Driscoll has been a faculty member of the Department of Plastics Engineering since 1968. For several years he served as the faculty advisor to the Student Chapters of The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) as well as Coordinator, the Continuing Education program (Plastics) and the Industrial Internship/Coop activities. He was Faculty Advisor to the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity as well as the UMass Lowell Interfraternity and Sorority Council (IFSC). Currently he is Faculty Advisor for the Thai Student Association (TSA).

He is involved in departmental programs for alumni relations and scholarships. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students in polymeric materials engineering, polymer modifiers and additives, polymer characterization with emphasis on dynamic mechanical properties, and commercial development/marketing of plastics and related materials, products, and services and has advised more than 130 MS and Doctoral theses. While completing more than 25 years of active leadership involvement in the ASTM D20 Committee on Plastics, he was elected Vice Chair of Materials, Vice Chair of Test Methods, and three-year member of the ASTM International Board of Directors. He is an elected Fellow of both ASTM International and SPE; he also was inducted as an SPE Honored Service Member. He received the SPE's International Education Award in 2004. He has twice served as a Consulting Fellow to the United Nations (UNIDO).