News Archive

UA gets visit from U.S. Department of Defense

Our cutting-edge and groundbreaking research has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM).

Ziptastic winner for January announced: Deborah Wilhite

The Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) is pleased to announce the January Ziptastic Award recipient is Deborah Wilhite.

Polymer Science welcomes Junpeng Wang to CPSPE

The Department of Polymer Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Junpeng Wang to The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

January Safety Focus: 1st Annual CPSPE Safety Day

January's Safety Focus will be a day dedicated to Safety every year – January 16th.  This is the anniversary of the death of Sheri Sangji who lost her life after the UCLA lab explosion. We want to encourage everyone in CPSPE to engage in promoting an atmosphere of safety.

Akron area listed in 50 top performers in US patents

Akron Beacon Journal - Research conducted at UA contributes substantially to Akron's innovation ecosystem. Cesar Lopez Gonzalez, Ph.D., a recent graduate of UA's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, is referenced in the report.

Rubber Band Contest Alumnus Parker Frye Competes for $250,000 with New Invention!

Five Finalist Families are Vying to be Crowned the Next $250,000 Grand Prize Winner in Frito-Lays Variety Packs’ “DREAMVENTION” Contest

Parker Frye is one of the outstanding alumni from The University of Akron's Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. Frye finished as a finalist in 2015 (with his invention "Chill-Itch", an adhesive patch to stop itchy bug bites) and took home the grand prize in the Arts & Leisure division in 2017 (with his artwork "LIBERTY: The Sum of Our Parts", an abstract work using light and shadows).

UA-based business wants you to help tackle harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie

The Devil Strip - UA doctoral students Banafsheh Khakipoor and Kelly Siman; Research Scientist Jiansheng Feng; and Assistant Professors Hunter King and Adam Smith are collaborating to develop reliable, cost-effective technology to monitor algal-producing nutrients in fresh water.

Polymer Engineering alumna to be part of Boeing Technical Fellowship

The Department of Polymer Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Sayata Ghose (PhD 2004, Isayev) on her selection to be a part of the Boeing Technical Fellowship program as an Associate Technical Fellow effective January 2019.

Bounce, University of Akron are proving to be productive partners

Crain's Cleveland Business - Associate Professors Hossein Tavana, Abraham Joy and graduate student Kaushik Mishra are joining the ranks of UA researchers who are collaborating with The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) at Akron's Bounce Innovation Hub. Assistant Counsel & Project Manager Elyse Ball noted that Chelsea Monty, an assistant professor in chemical & biomedical engineering, hopes to commercialize her research in 2019.

December Safety Focus: Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

December's Safety Focus is the Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program. We must eliminate the use of mercury thermometers in the labs. CPSPE Operations/Safety will provide an exchange for your mercury thermometers at no cost to the research group while supplies last.

PPG Research Team Fellowship offers a wealth of knowledge and experience for undergraduate student

PPG has partnered with the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to offer Research Team Fellowships for undergraduate STEM students pursuing a Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. These fellowships provide opportunities for students to gain valuable polymers experience and receive scholarship funds, which can have a major impact on their current studies and future careers in polymers.

Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

The Akron Global Polymer Academy's content specialist, John Fellenstein, is featured in this Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) article.

Polymer professor’s program to enable STEM pathways for autistic college students

Dr. Ruel McKenzie has helped create a new program to enable STEM pathways for autistic college students. PULSe is a Five-Star Fridays initiative that’s a collaborative effort among the College of Polymer Science and Engineering, LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and the Office of Accessibility.

Two startup companies receive NSF funding

Two startup companies based on UA technology have received $225,000 each from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Polymer outreach collaborates with local NIHF STEM Middle School

Can aluminum rods really sing? Is it possible to carve a pumpkin without a knife? These questions and more were answered recently at Science Fridays! Big Science for Little Learners.

University of Akron polymer research turns toward opioid-related work

Crain's Cleveland Business: The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Engineering is finding new applications for polymers — and possibly bolstering its own relevance — by engineering new materials that can integrate with other molecules.

UA's Polymer college, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering featured in Hemispheres Magazine

Hemispheres, the Award-Winning Onboard Magazine for United Airlines, featured CPSPE, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering in it's October 2018 issue. Read the article [PDF]

November Safety Focus: Accident Reporting

November’s Safety Focus is Accident Reporting. All accidents, spills and injuries need to be reported to Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) or the CPSPE Safety Officer. Problems that go unreported may affect other people or building functions. If you do not report an incident and EOHS is alerted by another means, you may be subject to disciplinary action by the university.

Engineers are Studying Birds' Nests

Continuing coverage of Dr. Hunter King's National Science Foundation research is featured on Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds website.

UA professor uses movie monsters to teach biology

Beacon Journal / - A University of Akron professor had no problem scaring up people who wanted to take his class.

The smell of popcorn wafted in the air in the dark theater at the campus student union. Big, dripping-red letters on the screen declared “Monsters Among Us,” giving a hint of what tonight’s lecture would explore.

CPSPE Welcomes NPIC Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Andrew Knoll is joining the UA community as an Instrumentation Scientist for the National Polymer Innovation Center and will be overseeing much of the spectroscopic characterization equipment.

UIX: Grand Rapids has a plastic problem, and here's who's helping fix it

Meagan Hill Marko, Polymer Engineering (MS 2005), is featured in this article. Read more

Dr. Mark Foster honored by peers

Dr. Mark Foster, the Thomas A. Knowles Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, has been elected as an American Physical Society Fellow.

Tune in Thursday, 10/11, to hear Dr. Nita Sahai on ‘Exploradio Origins’

Dr. Nita Sahai, the Ohio Research Scholar Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, will be featured this Thursday, Oct. 11, on “Exploradio Origins,” a “weekly series that ponders some of the biggest questions in the universe in 90 seconds.”

Collaborative Research by UA Scientists selected as ACS Editors’ Choice

Scientists from four departments at The University of Akron recently collaborated on research that was reported in an article submitted to ACS Publications. Not only was this article accepted in Macromolecules, but it was also selected to be featured in ACS Editors’ Choice based on recommendations by ACS Journals’ editors.