Joseph Paterno, Ph.D.

Dr. Paterno is a retired Corporate Vice President of the Norton Company, which is now part of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, the French industrial conglomerate. In his twenty-one year career at Norton, Dr. Paterno served in many leadership positions in R&D, Manufacturing and Management. While at Norton, he was an early advocate for bringing statistical methods to the factory floor to improve process control, quality and cost. He also taught strategic planning at the company’s Management Institute.

He graduated magna cum laude in 1963 from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a BS in Chemical Engineering. In 1965, he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an MS in Chemical Engineering. Following MIT, he interned at AVCO Corporation working on the re-entry heat shield of the Apollo spacecraft command module. He then attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) under a NASA fellowship, where he received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Polymer Science).

Following retirement from Norton, Dr. Paterno served as the Executive Director of the Industrial Research Center at UNH bringing technical assistance to New Hampshire companies. Although now retired from UNH, he serves on UNH’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Advisory Board, which he chaired for nine years. In addition, he also serves on the Advisory Boards of the College’s Chemical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments.

Dr. Paterno lives is Gilford, NH with his wife and family and enjoys boating and skiing.