Biddle named Speed Alumni Fellow

The UofL Alumni Association established the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award and the Alumni Fellows program in 1983. These awards recognize graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields and are exemplary ambassadors for the university and their college or school. Recipients reflect the high standing and character of their alma mater.

Michael Biddle has been named Alumni Fellow for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering for 2013.

He started MBA Polymers about 20 years ago - literally from his garage in California. In addition to leading the technology and business development, he raised over $150 million from private, VC, PE and strategic investors to fund the development and growth of MBA Polymers.

Biddle worked for several large companies, namely GE, Cummins and Dow, before striking out on his own in 1992. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors. He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University (Executive MBA).

Biddle has received numerous international awards. He won the prestigious 2012 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Business (previous winners include Al Gore, Kofi Annan and Gro Harlem Brundtland – the former President of Norway), the 2010 Economist Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment, the 2006 Intel Tech Museum Award and was named a 2006 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. Biddle also won the first Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation and the first Ascent Award for Entrepreneurship. Biddle’s TED talk has over 1 million views and hundreds of positive comments across the Internet, being hosted by over 50 different websites.

Biddle and his wife, Elisabeth, have two children.