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February Safety Focus Update: Free Eye Exams for CPSPE Students

CPSPE Students:

Diana Woolf, Safety Officer, has made arrangements with the Summit County Health Department to include any eligible student from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to provide FREE eye exams through their Prevent Blindness Program.

Students who do not have health insurance coverage that provides vision care may be eligible for a FREE eye exam.

Dr. David S. Simmons' publication featured on

Dr. Simmons' publication An Emerging Unified View of Dynamic Interphases in Polymers is featured on

To learn more about his research, visit:

February Safety Focus: Safety Glasses and CPSPE Prescription Safety Glasses Program

February’s Safety Focus: Safety Glasses and creating awareness for the College’s Prescription Safety Glasses Program. Anytime you are in the lab, transporting or working with hazardous substances safety glasses must be worn. Side Shields must be worn with all personal glasses. The side shields are very inexpensive to purchase. (See example picture on right)

The Prescription Safety Glasses Program: No cost to you for the basic glasses and upgrade options available for additional cost.

Polymer engineer receives NSF CAREER Award to study the mystery of glassy materials
Success of this project will accelerate the development of materials in areas ranging from human health to energy economy.
January Safety Focus: All chemicals must be labeled in the hood and work areas

We would like to see all chemicals in the hoods and labs to be labeled. For example: The following photos show squeeze bottles that do not have labels or are impossible to read and a photo that has the bottles labeled appropriately.

Thank you for your continued cooperation towards a safer working environment in 2016.

Best Oral Presentation Winners CenTire IAB Meeting Fall 2015

Nicole Swanson of the Department of Polymer Science and Prasad Raut of the Department of Polymer Engineering jointly received first place for the best oral presentation at the Fall 2015 CenTire Industry Advisory Board Meeting recently held in Akron.

Their research is on “Surface Engineering Approach for Enhanced Filler Dispersion and Hysteresis Reduction in Rubber Compounds.” Both doctoral students, Nicole is working with Dr. Coleen Pugh and Prasad with Dr. Sadhan Jana.

Congratulations Nicole and Prasad!

Fall 2015 Student Award Recipients

Congratulations Winners!

The Department of Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the Fall 2015 Student Award Recipients.

Engineer’s inventive spark ignited at UA
Meet Isil Nugay. The passion for learning and innovating that defines her career today was nurtured during her Ph.D. work here. And she's grateful for her Akron Experience.
Rajgarhia awarded 2015 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

Stuti Rajgarhia, a Ph.D. student in Department of Polymer Engineering, won the award administered by Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of American Chemical Society (ACS). It is given to graduate students, either currently in graduate school or not more than one year beyond graduation. Up to six finalists are invited to present their research papers at the ACS fall meeting based on the scientific merit of the submitted papers.

Air Force awards grant to polymer engineer

The United States Air Force, Office of Scientific Research has just awarded $819,543 to Dr. Xiong Gong for his research titled “Solution-Processed Infrared Polymer Photodetectors.”

Entrepreneur coaches give inventions market-ready push
UA research teams to benefit from program designed to accelerate commercialization of university research.
Siamak Shams Es-Haghi receives the Outstanding Student Research Award from Dr. Heather Burton

Awarded the Outstanding Student Research Award at The University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium (UASIS) held April 9, 2015. He is a doctoral student with Dr. Bob Weiss and Dr. Arkady Leonov.

Kevin Cavicchi receives Young Investigator Award

Kevin Cavicchi, associate professor of polymer engineering, has been awarded a Polymer Networks Group Young Investigator Award sponsored by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation.

Fall 2014 Student Award Recipients

Fall 2014 Student Award Recipients

Heinz part of multi-university grant from Navy
Dr. Hendrik Heinz, associate professor of polymer engineering, and partners from six other universities have been awarded a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense to study corrosion of materials.
MESNAC appoints new director at US research centre

Akron, Ohio – MESNAC announced the appointment of Dr K. Mohamed Hassan as the executive director of their new Research and Technical Center located in Akron, Ohio.

In the world of science, Xiong Gong has influence

The UA researcher joins the ranks of prestigious scientists on Thomson Reuters list -- his work is in the top 1 percent of most-cited studies in materials science.

National Polymer Innovation Center Flexes the Future

The Business Journal visited the center and profiled it in its “Trending: TechBelt” series. 

Read the story here and step into the center in this video. 

Congratulations Spring 2014 Graduates!

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering wishes to congratulate the spring 2014 graduating class.

FlexTech Workshop Reveals End User Needs for Flexible Electronics

The University of Akron and the National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC) hosted FlexTech’s Workshop on End User Requirements for Flexible, Printed Electronics.

Dr. John Vlachopoulos to Give 2014 SABIC Lectures

Dr. John Vlachopoulos to Give 2014 SABIC Lectures May 15-16.

Upcoming FlexTech Workshop on May 13-14

Sponsored by the National Polymer Innovation Center and the Department of Polymer Engineering.

Pioneer in rubber recycling awarded top honor

The distinguished professor receives the highest honor from Society of Plastics Engineers.

Students Win Awards at ACS

Chang Liu and Kai Wang, both M.S. students of Dr. Xiong Gong’s research group, were each selected to receive a $500 PMSE Graduate Student Research Award during the Spring 2014 ACS Meeting held in Dallas.

Hadi Ramezani-Dakhel Wins Outstanding Student Research Award

Mr. Hadi Ramezani-Dakhel, a doctoral student studying with Dr. Hendrik Heinz, was selected to receive the Outstanding Student Research Award at The University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium (UASIS) held on April 10, 2014.