’63 Chemical Technology
Technical Director / Former President and CEO, Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc.
Alice Hudson is the Technical Director and former President and CEO of Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc. (SCF), a research and development company which in 2015 converted to employee ownership. SCF is active in technologies where surface and polymer chemistry are the basic sciences. Over its 50-year history, SCF has developed coatings for controlled release fertilizers that are being used in more than half of the North American production of these products.
SCF has also developed innovative technologies and products used in laundry products, industrial cleaners and processes, surfactant synthesis, oil production, and asphalt roofing. Hudson joined SCF in 1971, and was the owner, president and CEO from 1984 to 2015. A self-described “lab rat,” she has over 50 years of hands-on laboratory experience, beginning in Dr. Orville Chapman’s laboratory as a 17-year-old freshman at ISU. She has more than 25 patented inventions, a majority of which have been commercialized. She has also authored and presented papers at professional conferences.
Married for 54 years to the late Donald Hudson (BS 1963, Aerospace Engineering), she has two children and one grandson. Hudson is a member of the ISU Alumni Association.