Location: Quaker Station

General seating is available to all current UA students free of charge.
General seating does not include access to refreshments and lunch.
Department of Polymer Science students wishing to have access to refreshments and lunch, please contact Melissa Bowman (
Department of Polymer Engineering students wishing to have access to refreshments and lunch, please contact your advisor.

8:00 am: Breakfast, Check-in and Buy It Now Bobblehead Auction

8:40 am: Dean’s Welcome & State of College

9:00 am: Dr. Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University

"Observations on Bio-Mimicking Macromolecular Systems"
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9:30 am: Dr. Chi Wang, Distinguished Alumni, Department of Polymer Engineering

"Entanglement density effect on the diameter of electrospun fibers"
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10:15 am: Break

10:30 am: Elastomer Symposium Welcome

10:45 am: Dr. C. Michael Roland, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

"Dynamic Heterogeneity and Correlation in Liquids and Polymers"
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11:15 am: Dr. Goang-Ding Shyu, Baker Hughes

"On the Modeling of Chemical Stress Relaxation of Elastomers"
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11:45 am: Dr. Antonio Carrillo, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

"Sustainable Low Density Polylactide-Polyolefin Composites Generated Through Solid State Orientation"
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12:15 pm: Lunch (Recognize Students, Distinguished Alumni)

2:00 pm: Dr. Avraam Isayev, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Polymer Engineering

"Over 45 Years Research on Rheology and Processing of Elastomers"
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2:45 pm: Dr. Christopher Robertson, Eastman Chemical Company

"Glass Transitions and Glass-Like Phenomena in Elastomer-Particle Systems"
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3:15 pm: Dr. William Mars, Endurica LLC

"Infinite Fatigue Life: Challenges and Solutions in Measuring Rubber's Endurance Limit"
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3:45 pm: Break

4:00 pm: Dr. Gary Hamed, Distinguished Alumni, Professor of Polymer Science, Department of Polymer Science

"The tearing of black-filled natural rubber vulcanizates and the relevance to tire safety"
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4:45 pm: Wrap up and Banquet Details

5:00 pm: Facilities Tour and Poster Session (Location: National Polymer Innovation Center; transportation will be available)

6:30 pm: Banquet (Dinner and Final Bobblehead Bidding Auction)

Location: Goodyear Polymer Center, Auditorium 229
*Registration NOT required for this day

9:15 am: Welcome - Dr. Caroline Sangal, The Chatham Group

9:30 am: Dr. Ming Yu Huang, GE Oil & Gas

"Fluorinated Nitrile Elastomers for Drilling Applications"
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10:00 am: Dr. Gary Hamed, Distinguished Alumni, Professor of Polymer Science, Department of Polymer Science

Abstract coming soon.


The Alumni Day and Elastomer Symposium will be held at Quaker Station:

135 South Broadway, Akron, OH 44325

Parking is FREE at Quaker Station for all attendees and no permits are required.


When you make your reservation, indicate that you will be visiting The University of Akron to determine whether or not a discount is offered.

Hilton Garden Inn Akron
(Approximately 2 miles east of The University of Akron)
1307 E. Market Street, Akron, Ohio, 44305
Phone: 330-733-2900

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
(Approximately 7 miles west of The University of Akron)
3180 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44333
Phone: 330-867-5000

Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls
(Approximately 5 miles north of The University of Akron)
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Phone: 330-929-3000

The University of Akron does not endorse or recommend any hotel over another; we simply provide this list as a service to those who are unfamiliar with the Akron area.


  • The deadline to receive a full refund for your registration is October 9, 2015.
  • Registration cancellations received prior to October 9 are eligible to receive a full refund, but will be subject to a nominal cancellation fee. ($2)
  • Late cancellations (October 10-October 12) will be eligible for a refund of 50% of the original registration fee and are subject to a nominal cancellation fee. ($2)
  • Refunds will not be available to registrants canceling after October 12.
  • Refunds will not be available to registrants who choose not to attend the event.
  • Cancellations will be accepted via phone, fax or email, and they must be received by the stated cancellation deadlines.