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College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
ALUMNI E-NEWS | Summer 2016
12th National Gradutate Research Polymer Conference Record Success
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was honored to host the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference June 20-22, 2016. Over 500 attendees were present including 425 graduate students, 34 undergraduate students, and 29 post-doctoral students representing close to 80 colleges and universities. Sixty-six representatives from organizations, including representatives from popular polymer companies and labs like Eastman, Goodyear, A. Schulman and NIST were also part of the record attendance for this ACS sponsored biannual conference event. Thanks to this opportunity from the American Chemical Society Polymer Division the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was able to offer an Akron, Ohio experience along-side the rich tradition of providing an opportunity for students to share research, exchange ideas, and make connections in the polymer industry.
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Alumni Spotlight
Mike Makowski, PhD, Technology Manager at PPG Industries and 1991 PhD graduate of the Department of Polymer Science shares why he chose the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and how his experience in the college and at The University of Akron has shaped his career path. 
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is proud to recognize all of our successful and exceptional alumni who are doing exciting things both personally and professionally. Do you know who our next alumni spotlight should feature? Tell us here.    
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Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Younjin Min, Assistant Professor of Polymer Engineering, joined the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Faculty in 2013. Formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she received her PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Read more about her teaching philosophy and goals within the Department of Polymer Engineering.  
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Student Spotlight
Kaushik Mishra, currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Polymer Science, studied at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India before coming to The University of Akron in 2010. Kaushik is a member of our Polymer Science Student Organization and shares why he chose The University of Akron and his experiences here as a student.    

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CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video:
"Ohio: The Number 1 Plastics Producer in the U.S."
Dr. Kevin Cavicchi Appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Kevin Cavicchi is now the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Mark Foster has stepped down from his administrative position as Associate Dean of Policy and Programs for the college making way for Dr. Cavicchi, who joined the Department of Polymer Engineering 10 years ago, to assume this new role. Dr. Foster has lead expansion of the college into international programs with major work force training projects in the Middle East and, along with former Dean Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng, the research Masters Degree with Chinese partner universities. Dr. Foster’s service in the role of Associate Dean has been invaluable when it comes to navigating the complexity of the university in order to assure the right outcome for faculty or students. We appreciate and are thankful for his service to the college and congratulate Dr. Cavicchi on his new appointment.

Dr. Cavicchi has chaired the admissions committee and overseen recruiting of MS students from Chinese partner universities for the Department of Polymer Engineering, has worked closely with our Polymer Engineering Student Organization, the SPE student chapter, and the new ACS student chapter. Of his new role Dr. Cavicchi says “I am honored and excited to be appointed to this position and I look forward to serving the College.”
As of June 1, 2016 Akron Polymer Training Center and Applied Polymer Research Center have merged. The combined centers will go forward together under the name Akron Polymer Technology Services. 

At Akron Polymer Technology Services, our mission is to advance all sectors of the polymer industry through the delivery of training, testing and processing services that enrich learning and optimize industrial performance.  Services are enhanced by the capabilities within The University of Akron and by developing domestic and international partnerships with business, industry, community, and other institutions of higher education. 

For the current time, each center will maintain its present location on the campus of The University of Akron.  We will keep you updated during the integration.

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