Title: Senior Fellow
Company: LORD Corporation
Location: Erie, PA, US
James Halladay, Senior Fellow at LORD Corporation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of engineering and rubber formulation.
Though currently retired, Mr. Halladay has had a wildly successful career specializing in rubber formulation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and worked as a management trainee for the Parker Seal Company, now the Parker Hannifin Company, immediately after college. This particular position was short-lived as Presley Arnotibz, the company’s technical director, recognized Mr. Halladay’s potential to do wonderful work in the sciences and encouraged him to work as a rubber chemist and formulator.
This encouragement marked the beginning of Mr. Halladay’s exceptional engineering career. After working for the Parker Seal Company for three years, Mr. Halliday worked as a corporate rubber chemist for the Masco Corporation before becoming the manager of material and process engineering for the Seal Division of the LORD Corporation from 1981 to 1983. He has continued his association with the LORD Corporation, working as a staff engineer and senior staff engineer with the mechanical products division of the company from 1984 to 2007. Mr. Halladay has been a fellow of the organization from 2007 to 2013, a senior fellow from 2013 to 2018 and has retired, though he has agreed to serve as a consultant exclusively for interesting, challenging projects.
Mr. Halladay holds an impressive 18 US patents related to part designs coatings, adhesives and rubber formulations. These include patents for oil-resistant elastomeric coating and for high damped organic rubber composition. Mr. Halladay considers a career highlight to be his contributions to the development of a high temperature elastomer with a novel cure system that led to the first use of rubber in the engine mounts of the Boeing 737 and 757 engines. Prior to this, metal mesh had been used as engine mounts because no one believed rubber could would be compatible with these applications.
Furthermore, Mr. Halladay takes great pride in his role in the development of the elastomer that enabled the V-22 Osprey Program to be successful. Bell Boeing had been ready to end the program since no engineering group had been able to create a rubber product that would last for at least 750 hours. Mr. Halladay suggested changing the rubber used, resulting in an elastomer that lasted for 1500 hours. Today, the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is still used by the US military today.
Mr. Halladay has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers as well as chapters for books. His creative works are myriad and span over the course of three decades. He has authored or coauthored works including, but not limited to, “EPDM Plasticized with Polymeric Soybean Oil of Different Molecular Weights” for Rubber Chemistry and Technology in 2017 and “Sources of Hysteresis in Rubber Compounds” for the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, Paper 111, in 2015. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Halladay has been awarded the Don Alstadt Innovation Award in 2017, the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.”
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