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 1909 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.

Introducing the Akron Polymer Student Endowed Scholarship

Faculty members in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) take tremendous pride in the work their students produce, and they go to great lengths in providing monies via grants to provide them with support. On occasion, a student will need more time to complete their degree than what was planned, or a grant may not be renewed, leaving faculty members and students in a financial dilemma.

For the sake of our students we have therefore established the Akron Polymer Student Endowed Scholarship; a scholarship created to provide funding for students in CPSPE to be able to complete their Ph.D. study when a need arises. Perhaps you also found yourself in need of contingency support while in college?

We thank you for your consideration and generous donation, which provides support to our students on their way to change the world!

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UA

Undergraduates in any major are encouraged to seek out research experiences. Dozens of opportunities are available.

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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


"The University of Akron is renowned for its Polymer Program and well-acclaimed research. On reaching out to the then-current students at UA, I realized that the program structure, university environment and the expertise of well-established faculty, would help me in achieving my goal to become a successful Polymer Engineer."
Suresh Narute, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Engineering

"After carefully reviewing the research interests of all faculty members, I decided that the ongoing research at The University of Akron was the most interesting. Halfway through the program, I can say with confidence that I made the right choice!"
Nathan Schmitz, 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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