Academic Credentials
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1994
  • B.A., Chemistry, Wabash College, 1986
Additional Education & Training
  • Comprehensive Overview of Police Skills, FLETC Training Center, 2012.
Academic Appointments
  • Lecturer/Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland/Smith School of Business 2007-2015
Professional Honors
  • ASTM Award of Merit
  • Elected to Fellow of ASTM
  • Appointed to United Nations, Ozone Secretariat on the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel
  • ASTM Lou Toporer Hall of Fame Award
  • Department of Commerce, Bronze metal
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Sigma Xi, Research Honor Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, Chemical Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honor Society
Professional Affiliations
  • ASTM
  • Society of Rheology
  • Adhesion Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • Society of Plastics Engineering

Dr. White assists clients by solving technical problems related to the specification, reliability and sustainability of polymeric materials used in a variety of industries including construction, infrastructure, transportation, chemicals and utilities. One of Dr. White's core competencies is characterizing weather-related changes to the chemical and physical properties of polymers and how those degradative changes may affect end-use performance. 

This expertise enables him to provide solutions to complex issues related to assessing durability, failure, sustainability, and climate change effects on materials and assets exposed to weathering. He is skilled in developing and utilizing test methods and standards to analyze plastics, rubbers, textiles, metals, glass, and ceramic composite materials. Dr. White is skilled in offering technical guidance throughout all phases of product development including formulation, scale-up, end-use testing and field performance assessments.

Dr. White has extensive knowledge of various polymer characterization (i.e., physical, mechanical, and chemical), analytical and rheological methods (e.g., linear viscoelastic, non-linear, plastic, viscoplastic, rubber modulus, and adhesion). He has researched the areas of fundamental polymer physics; plastic packaging and barrier materials; paints and coatings; plastic pipes; spray foam insulation; adhesives; nanoparticle release; and sealants; additive manufacturing/3D printing; composite materials; rubber gaskets and seals; fibers and textiles; polymer chemical resistance; wire and cable insulation; environmental effects on durability; and product aging.

This expertise enables Dr. White to solve problems in a wide variety of areas: building components including building envelope, material selection, and flame retardants; life prediction and fitness for service, paints, and coatings; and risk mitigation and hazard analysis of consumer products, defense, transportation, buildings and structures, paints and coatings, pipelines, and electrical utilities.

Before joining Exponent, Dr. White was a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research focused on developing new test methods that assess the durability of polymers exposed to weathering. He also worked on projects related to the adhesion of spray-applied fireproofing, blast resistance of trash containers, and material selection for building envelopes. Additionally, Dr. White's has also led multidisciplinary teams focused on sustainability, climate change impacts, enterprise risk management, and community resilience. He was also a credentialed member of the National Construction Safety Team. Dr. White is a fellow of ASTM International, served as an elected Chair of ASTM C24 and voting member of eight other ASTM technical committees, Building Seals and Sealants, and an elected officer of the Society of Rheology.