Jon received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama and worked for E.I. DuPont de Nemours for seven years in nuclear materials production. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, studying under Dr. Jack Lemons. He has worked in the medical device industry for over 27 years, first for W. L. Gore developing materials for cardiovascular and neurosurgical implants, and then for Closure Medical developing absorbable tissue adhesives. For the last thirteen years he has been the Director of Applied Research for Wright Medical Technologies in Memphis, TN, and is responsible for managing the company's programs in biomaterials research, testing, and analysis. His areas of interest include polymeric biomaterials for orthopedic implants and tissue engineering of bone. He is an inventor on nine issued U.S. patents, including four that protect commercially successful medical devices. He is a member of the Society for Biomaterials, the Orthopedic Research Society, The American Chemical Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). He is the chairman of ASTM subcommittee F04.11 for polymeric materials used in medical and surgical devices.