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College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
ALUMNI E-NEWS | Fall 2016

UA’s polymer college offers one-of-a-kind program in the U.S.
The University of Akron has announced the launch of a new professional master’s degree that uniquely blends coursework across polymer science and engineering with classes in business and law. Graduates of this one-of-a-kind program will possess the skills needed for careers in polymer-related industries.
UA’s new Master of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering program “will provide the type of graduates that industry tells us are needed beyond the research lab — professionals with the skills to be team leaders, managers and supervisors who make technology-mindful decisions,” says Dr. Eric Amis, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.
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Sandia National Laboratories and UA to collaborate in materials science
Sandia National Laboratories and The University of Akron have approved a Master Research Agreement that enables collaborations in such areas as additive manufacturing and advanced materials research.
Sandia selected UA because its College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is one of the world’s premier academic and research programs, with capabilities that incorporate polymer chemistry and polymer physics groups with specialized labs for all categories of synthesis and state of the art measurements. The University of Akron’s long history of innovation with global partnerships has provided many creative solutions to polymer engineering challenges, giving a strong platform for this new collaboration with Sandia.
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Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Hunter King, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science, joined the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering in 2016. Before joining CPSPE, he received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and did postdoctoral research at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Read more about his teaching philosophy and goals within the Department of Polymer Science.
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Student Spotlight
Jayachandra Hari Mangalara, currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Polymer Engineering, had a growing interest in chemistry and attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Roorkee before pursuing his PhD at The University of Akron. Read more about his research, experience, and future goals.
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Welcome New Students to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering!
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is preparing for the start of another fantastic semester as it welcomed over one hundred new students from ten different countries at the new student orientation on Friday, August 26, 2016. Forty-one PhD students, 4 Masters students, and 56 Akron Masters Program students were welcomed to the Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering programs.
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2016 Summer Commencement Reception Photos
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