Brian Perry


Dr. Brian Perry is Senior Staff Scientist at LORD Corporation in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Perry joined LORD Corporation in 1989 as a Senior Chemist and has spent his entire professional career, 28 years, at LORD in the Analytical Services Department.  His specialization in FT-NMR and FT-IR characterization of polymers enables him to apply a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems, in support of LORD’s business developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, and motion management devices.


Dr. Perry has been a member of the Cleveland section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) since 1986. He served as vice president of the SAS Cleveland section in 2002, before becoming president in 2003, a position he still holds and has served continuously for a tenure of 14 years.


Under Brian’s direction, the Cleveland section has been awarded the William J. Poehlman Award for outstanding local section nine times, more than any other SAS section.  Brian also coordinates the Cleveland section’s annual May Conference, a one day conference attracting 200 attendees, 35 oral presentations, and 40 student poster presentations.  He has strengthened the May Conference significantly by partnering with other local professional societies and by offering significant student awards; 2017 heralds the 61st annual May Conference.  Another activity which Brian has grown as president of the Cleveland section is the popular outreach program “Spectroscopy for Kids,” which has now reached 20,000 students.  In addition, the Cleveland section annually bestows the prestigious Earnest B. Yeager Award to an undergraduate student, and multiple John Bell Memorial Awards to grade 7-12 students, for the utilization of spectroscopy. Over the years, Brian’s visionary leadership of the Cleveland section has been anchored in efforts to increase student involvement in the local section.


Brian earned with a B.A. in Chemistry from The College of Wooster, where he was also lettered in football for three years. He subsequently earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Professor Jack L. Koenig, Honorary Member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and recipient of the SAS Fellows Award.


Dr. Perry also serves as a director of the Andy Nowacki Foundation, which provides scholarships for men and women in pursuit of careers in service to their communities as members of the safety forces.


Perhaps most significantly, Brian has been married to a member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy for 28 years.