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College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron
ALUMNI E-NEWS | Winter 2015
Welcome to the first edition of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Alumni E-news 
In anticipation of an exciting new year and our continued commitment to connect and engage with our alumni and friends - both near and far-  we are pleased to present the first edition of CPSPE Alumni e-News.  This online newsletter is designed to keep you up-to-date on all of the major events going on in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, highlight our accomplished alumni around the world, and share opportunities to stay connected every winter, spring, summer and fall. 

As the new Manager of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, I hope you enjoy this inaugural edition of CPSPE Alumni e-News.  I invite you to stay connected by updating your information online and encourage you to contact me if you would like to visit campus and take a tour of the college. If you have memories, photos, or accomplishments you'd like to share with the CPSPE Alumni community I enthusiastically encourage you to do so.  
You can reach me by email at or phone: (330) 972-6493 

Jessie Finley
Manager, Development & Alumni Relations
Dean Amis Meets with Alumni
Dean Eric Amis recently traveled to Taiwan and Korea and had the opportunity to connect with members of The University of Akron Taiwanese and Korean Alumni Associations.  These established alumni groups represent the essence of being part of The University of Akron community beyond graduation.  Dean Amis was able to provide updates and share news of recent changes on campus and within the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.  The visits brought back many memories for our alumni and provided a chance to talk about the exciting future of The University of Akron. 
Interested in having the Dean visit with your regional alumni group?  Contact Development & Alumni Relations at to arrange a visit. 
2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally through outstanding contributions  to the field of polymer science and polymer engineering. Learn more
College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering alumnus elected to 3M's elite Carlton Society
Patrick J. Hager '89 was recently elected to 3M's technical Hall of Fame, the 3M Carlton Society.  Having advanced to the highest level within the 3M technical community as a Corporate Scientist, Hager is recognized for his leadership in expanding 3M's polypropylene film technology platform and stretch-release adhesives. Read more
Polymer Engineer's inventive spark ignited at UA
Work is not work, as far as Isil Nugay is concerned. "Everyday I go to work, I actually say, 'I'm going to school,' because I keep learning, innovating," says Nugay, who punctuates this sentence, as she does most of her conversation, with wide smiles. Her "schoolroom" just happens to be the sprawling campus of Apple Inc., headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., where she is a senior module process engineer. Read more
UA Polymer scientists develops limb-saving material for injured soldiers
Soldiers wounded by gunshots and improvised explosive devices (IEDS) may soon be treated with a novel-limb-saving procedure. The surgery involves a cylinder-shaped polymeric shell that stabilizes the site of injury while the missing bone regenerates.  Scientists from The University of Akron, Houston Methodist Research Institute and Texas A&M University received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materials Command to advance their work in this limb-salvage technique. Read more
Researchers to study spider glue adhesion
University of Akron Ph.D. candidate in polymer science, Gaurav Amarpuir along with UA professors Ali Dhinojwala and Todd Blackledge, join Virginia Tech professor Brent Opell to develop a smart adhesive that tightens its grip when wet based on tips from nature.   Read more
Tune in to Science Friday for the "Science of Superheroes" featuring alumnus, Vasav Sahni for his work on Spider Silk at The University of Akron, Friday, December 25th. Listen here
Calling all CPSPE Alumni! 
Would you like to be featured in our next edition of CPSPE Alumni e-News? Tell us what's new! We'd love to hear what you've been up to, and with your permission, will share your news with your fellow CPSPE alumni. Please direct photos and questions to or call (330) 972-6493.