2018 Polymers Appreciation Day Student Poster Winners Announced!
Congratulations Nicholas Teo (left), Adam Woods (center), and Fang Peng (right) on being selected as the top 3 entries of the LORD Corporation student poster competition at this year’s Polymers Appreciation Day for Alumni & Industry!
Polymer College honors Leaders, Visionaries, and Innovators at Three-Day Alumni & Industry Event
While what would evolve into the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) began making waves over a century ago, it was officially established as a college in 1988 with Dr. Frank N. Kelley as dean. In the following 30 years, CPSPE continued to be a powerhouse of learning and innovation in the polymer industry.
A Polymer Playground: Akron Global Polymer Academy Consults on Science Center’s New TapeScape Exhibit
Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center has found a brand new way to make science come alive, and it comes in the form of polymers.
Isayev Welcomed to Prestigious EU Academy of Sciences
Dr. Avraam Isayev is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus within the Department of Polymer Engineering, a research advisor to dozens of masters and doctorate students, a highly awarded and published researcher, and now a member of the EU Academy of Sciences.
Improving 3-D printing of plastic parts
Professor Bryan Vogt, Adjunct Professor Miko Cakmak, and their colleagues are conducting the research featured in this American Chemical Society article.
Polymer Family Nights at Bath Elementary School
Bath Elementary School is the most recent scene of an AGPA Polymer Family Night.
May Safety Focus: Lab Inspections
The May Safety Focus will be Lab Inspections. It is our intention to do lab inspections twice a year during the spring, fall and anytime a lab has multiple violations.
Dr. Xiong Gong recognized as winner of 2017-18 Outstanding Researcher Award
Congratulations to Dr. Xiong Gong, Professor of Polymer Engineering, who has been selected as the recipient of UA's 2017-18 Outstanding Researcher Award.
College students to share startup ideas at free LaunchTown event Monday
A University of Akron student is cooking up a way to keep some medicines from breaking down at higher temperatures.
On Monday, polymer science student Cesar Lopez Gonzalez will bring his innovation to the 12th annual LaunchTown business idea competition.
CPSPE Supports Education at the Black Male Summit
This weekend marked the 11th annual Black Male Summit at The University of Akron, a crossroads of leadership and empowerment for black men. A disproportionate number of black men do not graduate from four-year colleges, and the summit aims to prevent this by preparing black students for success. The emphasis on education and excellence is very familiar to the staff and faculty of CPSPE, many of whom attended the summit.
Connecting with CFNC
Clean water and air, as well as products such as petroleum based fuels that are free of contaminants, are made possible by filtration. Filtration design, in turn, is enabled by multi-disciplinary technologies. That is why the Coalescence Filtration Nanofibers Consortium (CFNC) at The University of Akron (UA) was established by research leaders from both the College of Engineering (COE) and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE).
April Safety Focus: Extension Cords and Electrical Safety
The April Safety Focus is Extension Cords and Electrical Safety. Please review your labs and office areas for unsafe use of extension cords.
APTS and UARF Assist in Organization of “Innovation Day” at UA
Eighteen visitors from six countries in one day - Innovation Day, to be exact. This event was created for Smithers-Oasis, a company dedicated to advancing the science of floriculture utilizing innovative technologies. Innovation Day was hosted on The University of Akron’s campus on March 20, thanks to several helping hands, including those of Jim Currie, the Manager of Training and Testing at Akron Polymer Technology Services and Barry Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow with the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF).
CPSPE Welcomes New Assistant Manager for Polymer Testing
CPSPE would like to welcome Doug Terry to the college and The University of Akron today as the Assistant Manager for Polymer Testing with Akron Polymer Technology Services.
Polymer College hosts Science Day
Where else could you find robotics, mathematics, medicine, botany, and so much more, than at the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) at the University of Akron? This event has enriched STEM subjects for middle school and high school students across Ohio thanks to many generous sponsors and dedicated individuals at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This year’s all-day event took place March 17th at UA’s Student Union.
AGPA Polymer Outreach hosts Science Olympiad
Seven hundred students, forty-seven teams, forty-six events, and fifty-eight different rooms: there are not many scientific competitions out there that are as challenging, or as much fun, as the Akron Regional Science Olympiad hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy. On March 10, 2018, students of all ages from dozens of middle and high schools flocked to The University of Akron’s campus with their smarts and their excitement to learn.
March Safety Focus: Hood Safety
The March Safety Focus is hood safety. I am going to inspect all the hoods this month for cleanliness and adherence to the lab safety rules regarding hoods. The hoods have recently digressed and it feels like a good time for some spring cleaning! To use your hood safely, you should know how it works to keep you safe. Please see the attached hood safety videos below.
Soucek and Jana Selected for Polymer Engineering Endowed Chairs
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is staffed with a wonderful and skilled faculty. Among our talented professors are Dr. Mark Soucek and Dr. Sadhan Jana, both of whom have been selected for Polymer Engineering Endowed Chairs.
CPSPE Alumnus and SKYi Founder Wins Gold at PLASTINDIA
Many talented academics, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals have gotten their start at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and we love hearing about their successes in life after CPSPE. Alumni like Dr. Sachin Jain, Founder and Director of SKYi Composites, make us proud.
Polymer Engineering Alumnus Rings the Nasdaq Closing Bell in Honor of New Company
With the ring of a bell, CPSPE alumnus Murthy Simhambhatla announced to the world that his company, Evolus Inc., is officially on the market. After over a decade in the industry, Simhambhatla still calls his time in the Department of Polymer Engineering a life-changing experience.
AGPA Talks STEM in Sports at NEXT Conference
Moving forward and creating were two major themes at the 2018 New Explorations in Teaching Conference at The University of Akron. This was the third annual NEXT conference hosted by UA, and the first attended by the Akron Global Polymer Academy.
Polymer Professor publishes “Nonlinear Polymer Rheology,” after a decade of intensive research
It was a project ten years in the making. Dr. Shi-Qing Wang, Kumho Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, worked for a decade toward his goal: a massive book on polymer rheology, rooted in knowledge discovered here at The University of Akron since 2004. Dr. Wang’s work was realized with the publication of his book, Nonlinear Polymer Rheology: Macroscopic Phenomenology and Molecular Foundation.
STEM Education through Sport
The UA Women’s Basketball team collaborated with Director Victor Pinheiro and Assistant Lecturer Melissa Dreisbach of the School of Sport Science and Wellness, as well as Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) Content Specialist John Fellenstein from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, to offer 5th-8th grade girls the opportunity to learn STEM Education through Basketball.
Akron Global Polymer Academy Talks Polymers at SECO Symposium
Robotics, gardening, coding, and polymers: they all have something in common. They are topics at the 2018 Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Symposium, where our own John Fellenstein will be speaking later this month.
BASF Tour Introduces Students to Industry Safety Standards
Safety Officer Diana Woolf has been a guiding force in bringing industry-standard safety measures to our facilities, but this week she brought CPSPE to the industry.