Abby has a double undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science from Florida State University. He worked as an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow at Virginia Tech before joining Lyondell Petrochemicals as an R&D Scientist, working in area of Polyolefin based plastics. He worked at Lyondell for 8 years before joining Cabot Microelectronics as a Senior R&D Scientist. At Cabot, he worked for 20 years in the area of Chemical Mechanical Planarization of Integrated Circuits (IC) for Semiconductor applications. He joined International Paper in April 2018 as a Senior Scientist, with a focus on the Enterprise Platform of the Global Cellulose Fibers Business. He has over 26 US issued Patents, over 60 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, has authored several book chapters and has given numerous invited talks at national and international conferences.