College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

For more than 100 years students and faculty from around the world have been coming to The University of Akron to focus on polymer research and education. Formally established in 1988, The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s tradition as a leader in polymer science and polymer engineering began as early as 1910 when rubber chemistry was taught at the University. Establishing the Ph.D. program in Polymer Chemistry in 1964, the Department of Polymer Science in 1967, and the Department of Polymer Engineering in 1984, the College continues to focus on polymer innovations and applications of research in science, technology, engineering and medicine today. Learn more about what the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering has done and continues to do to make great strides in research and industry partnerships.


Meet the Interim Dean

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala, H.A. Morton Professor of Polymer Science, has been a part of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) for over twenty years, first serving as a professor and then as the Department Chair from 2008-2012. He has served as the co-Principal Investigator of the Biomimicry Research Innovation Center (BRIC) since its inception in 2011, and during his time at the University has helped to hire several faculty members who teach here still today. His participation in the College as well as his dedication to building a successful team of faculty and staff made him a perfect fit as interim dean.

“We are facing a challenging time as a University and as a College,” Dhinojwala said. “All of us must take an initiative to help CPSPE and UA overcome these challenges and build an environment that supports the dynamic research that takes place at CPSPE.” Read more

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Prospective Students

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES:

"I ultimately chose The University of Akron because of the prestige of the polymer program and the ability to work in multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment."
Brittany Pellegrene, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Engineering

"I came to the college as an undergraduate REU intern and worked on functionalization of poly(lactic acid) in Dr. Pugh’s group. I gained a great deal of experience and knowledge during the internship. It was a no brainer after that to come back as a graduate student."
Abdala Bashir, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Science

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Master of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Coursework focused professional Masters Degree in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering with integrated courses in Business and Law

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Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Earning a Minor can have a Major Impact on Your Future

A 6 course/18 credit program that provides students a broad foundation in polymer science and polymer engineering

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