Kate Kornau is an External Innovation Manager at Eastman Chemical Company. In this role she is responsible for facilitating connections and engagement with university collaborators to support Eastman’s innovation efforts. Since joining Eastman in 2012, Kornau has worked primarily in the Analytical organizations in Kingsport, TN where she supported a wide variety of innovation research, development, technical service, and manufacturing projects across the company. Prior to joining Eastman, Kornau earned her B.A in Chemistry and Asian Studies from St. Olaf College. Upon graduation she traveled to China as a Fulbright Scholar. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, followed by post-doctoral research at Imperial College London.