The School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is organized for teaching and research at the graduate level, granting M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in either Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering. The organization includes complementary research centers and facilities with instrumentation and support staff, which generally provides a research focus for the department faculty and graduate students.
The following features offer perspectives from students in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering describing why they chose to come to The University of Akron and their future plans after graduation.
"During my internships at the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune and 3M India, I met polymer researchers who were either CPSPE alumni or were associated with Akron in some way. All of them told me that if I was planning to pursue a Ph.D. in polymers, it should be from CPSPE. And here I am, four years later, grateful to the people who recommended UA to me."
Akshata Kulkarni, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Engineering
"I was born and raised in Ohio, but earned my undergraduate degrees in Michigan. Coming back to Ohio for my Ph.D. felt like I was coming home, and I love the Akron area with all of the parks. On the academic side, once I realized how prominent the polymer programs are at UA, I realized that The University of Akron was a great choice for me."
Nate Orndorf, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Science
"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
"The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron is one of the most well renowned colleges for pursuing graduate studies in the field of polymers. I wanted to pursue my Ph.D. in this field after my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and Akron was the place to be."
Sonal Bhadauriya, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Engineering
"I chose The University of Akron because of its globally recognized reputation in the field of polymers. I want to begin my career as a R&D scientist in a commercial company. I would like to see my intelligence and innovation contributing to better products that serve people’s daily lives."
Xuesi Yao, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Science
"My plan after graduation is to work in industry as a polymer engineer. I especially want to work in a Research and Development department because I want to apply my knowledge and skills learned here at UA to produce really useful products for this world."
Szu-Hao Cho, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Engineering
"I chose the polymer program following my undergraduate studies because it covers broad disciplines including physics, chemistry, materials, and biology. I learned how to think critically and work collaboratively during my Ph.D. research at UA, and I believe that we should share and teach these skills to the next generation."
Jiancheng Luo, Ph.D. candidate in Polymer Science