Ralph R. Miano is a retired chemist from Hoechst Celanese where he was vice president for the Advanced Materials Division. Miano spent most of his career at Hoechst Celanese, retiring in 1972. There, he was involved in the identification, development and commercialization of emerging new technologies. Previously, Miano was director of diversification at Celanese Fibers Company and held various technical positions at other Celanese divisions. Prior to that, he was the business director at Celanese Specialty Operations, which developed Vectra, a high-performance thermoplastic resin.
Miano and his wife support two scholarships at Montclair State. The first is the Miano Graduate Special Education Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in a program leading to working with children who have pervasive development disorders. The second scholarship, the Miano Math/Science Scholarship, is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and enrolled in a program qualifying them for New Jersey teacher certification.
Miano graduated in 1958 from Montclair State College with a science degree. He earned a PhD in chemistry from Cornell University. Miano was a member of the Montclair State University Foundation Board for many years. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Our House, Inc., a social service agency serving people with developmental disabilities, as well as that of the Eden Institute, an adult residence for developmentally disabled individuals.
Bio as of May 2016