Tim received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, and he subsequently joined both Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical companies for eight years upon graduation. He joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry in 1999 and is now a Professor of Chemistry. He recently completed his Directorship of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech, which boasts an internationally recognized polymer program of over 60 affiliated faculty and 110 graduate students involved in diverse areas of polymer science and engineering. His research awards include the 2020 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2015 Virginia Scientist of the Year, 2010 Virginia Tech Alumni Research Award, ACS PMSE Collaborative Research Award, Dalquist Award from the Adhesion Society, 2019 ACS Rubber Division Thermoplastic Elastomer Award, and the ACS POLY Mark Scholar Award. His interdisciplinary research program has garnered approximately over $50M in research funding from federal (NSF, NIH, DOE, and DOD) agencies and diverse international corporate sponsors.