Richard Muisener is Director, Research Development & Innovation (RD&I) for Evonik in North America. Within this role, Rick fosters the systematic development and expansion of network links with academia, government, and industrial enterprises within the region that hold promise as cooperation partners for Evonik globally. Additionally, he is supporting growth efforts in North America in alignment with Evonik’s globalization strategy for RD&I. Rick has more than 20 years of experience with multinational companies as a scientist and a leader of innovation programs and global multidisciplinary teams, including a 2-year expat assignment in France. Rick has a B.S. In Chemical Engineering (‘94) from Cornell and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Connecticut. Rick currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife and 2 high school aged children.