Technical Director, Plastics Pipe Institute

Sarah Patterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University.  In 2000, she started her career with The Dow Chemical Company as a run-plant engineer for production technologies spanning epoxy resins, synthetic glycerine, butylene oxide, softwater and allyl chloride during which time, she received her certification as a Greenbelt Project Leader.  In 2006, Sarah transitioned to the Polyethylene Pipe Technical Service and Development Group (TS&D).  As a TS&D Research Scientist, her responsibilities included developing technologies/new business developments (NBD) for non-pressure to pressure pipe as well as non-pressure applications in extrusion profile, blown and cast extrusion comprising monolayers and multilayers .  She was also responsible for defining research and development programs for NBD projects comprising HDPE, LLDPE, engineered materials and additives.  Publications include 3 patent applications as a co-inventor, with 1 granted to date.

In 2013, Sarah became the Technical Director of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and Chairman of the Hydrostatic Stress Board (HSB).  PPI is a major trade association representing all segments of the plastics piping industry.  In these roles, she works towards standards development across ASTM, ISO, ASME, CSA, AWWA and ASABE.  She also has responsibility for the PPI HSB Listing Program covering pressure pipe materials such as HDPE, PVC, MDPE, CPVC, PEX, PE-RT, composites, PVDF, PA as well as ingredients.