Karl Haider is a Research Fellow & Head of the Business Growth Services Group at Covestro LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. In this role, Karl leads open innovation activities and intellectual property strategy to support Covestro’s North American Business Units and global New Technologies Group.
Prior to his current position, Karl worked in R&D at Bayer Material Science for ~16 years, where he developed raw materials and applications technology for polyurethane raw materials and products including elastomers, binders, polyether polyols and modified polyisocyanates.
Karl also takes an active role in the external technical community, including service on several university advisory panels and editorial boards. He currently serves as the 2016 Chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymer Chemistry.
Karl received a BS in Chemistry from Juniata College, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University, and conducted post-doctoral research at Yale University prior to joining the polymer industry in 1991.