Dianne Rothstein spoke at IUP’s Kovalchick Complex in August.
Vice president of research at biotech company Prime Synthesis, Dianne
Mittura Rothstein ’75 returned to IUP in August as keynote speaker for the Research Experience for Summer Scholars program.
Her presentation, “I Was a Kindergarten Dropout,” was about the life events and decisions that shaped who she became and about the persistence and open-mindedness that kept her moving forward. She also discussed her research at Aston-based Prime Synthesis,
which produces key raw materials used in the synthesis of artificial DNA. Her company’s primary product, controlled porosity glass, is used in the making of therapeutic drugs that target genetic diseases.
Dianne previously worked as principal scientist and Electrochemistry Group leader for Leeds & Northrup and as senior chemist for a company involved in water chlorination.
She holds four patents—three for her work in controlled porosity glass and another for an instrument that measures free chlorine in water.
A Philadelphia native, Dianne started her IUP studies at the Punxsutawney campus. She is also a graduate of Drexel University, having earned a master’s degree in chemistry and—at age 54—a PhD in materials engineering.