Notre Dame College Hosts Alumna Innovator, International Polymer Fuel Oil Expert

A Notre Dame College alumna with more than 20 U.S. patents who is recognized as a global leader in engine oil fuel economy technology will share her expertise with students in two campus presentations.

Jody A. Jurkiewicz Kocsis ’89 chemist and customer project manager of fuel projects at The Lubrizol Corporation will present on Chemistry and the Global Business Transportation Sector to an environmental chemistry class from 1:20-2:10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in the Administration Building.

She also will discuss her vocation, career pathway and work-life balance as a STEMM professional with the College’s STEMM Living Learning Community from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the STEMM Living Learning Community lounge in Petersen Hall.

Kocsis, who graduated with a chemistry degree from Notre Dame in 1989, is considered an expert on polymer fuel additives. Her U.S. patents in the motor oil, fuels and refinery industries involve lubricants for internal combustion engines. Her discoveries involve chemicals to improve friction control, viscosity, deposit control, oxidation and filterability in engine oils. Many improve fuel economy.

She also holds several international patents.

Named an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow in 2014, Kocsis has been honored numerous times for her achievements in and contributions to the science and profession and for her service.

She was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to represent the scientists of the United States at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) General Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland. She was part of a six-team delegation representing U.S. scientists for global scientific issues.

Kocsis has written several SAE International technical papers on engine oil technology and presented at national and global professional conferences. SAE International is a global group of scientists, engineers and practitioners who advance self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.

As chair of the Northeastern Ohio Local Section of ACS, she obtained an Innovative Project Grant for an outreach program that supplements the school science curriculum to impact at-risk students in grades 3 to 5.

In addition to her work with the local section of ACS, she also has served with its IUPAC Activities Committee and Committee on Chemistry and Industry.

She is author of the book Next Generation of International Chemical Additives: A Critical Review of Current US Patents (Elsevier Science 2012).

Kocsis has worked with Lubrizol, which is based in Wickliffe, Ohio, for nearly 30 years.

Lubrizol has been named to the Forbes Global 2000 List and its America’s Best Employers List and as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces among larger companies.

A Berkshire Hathaway company, Lubrizol combines complex specialty chemicals to optimize products while reducing environmental impact for global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. In addition to products and services in automotive industries, its specialty chemicals are on surfaces and in fluids in shampoos and soaps, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, clothes, electronic devices and plumbing systems as well as other construction, sporting goods and medical products.

Kocsis also remains active with her high school and middle school in Northeast Ohio. She is an Aurora, Ohio, High School Distinguished Alumni and has presented to classes at Harmon Middle School in Aurora.


February 2017

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