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UML Students Win Recognition, Fellowship at Annual Conference

Plastics Engineering Faculty and Students Attend SPE Event

Plastics Engineering faculty and students wait for their luggage at the airport during their trip to Charlotte, N.C., to attend the annual conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

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Three undergraduate plastics engineering students co-wrote a paper that was selected as Best Student Paper in the Injection Molding Division and Overall Best Student Paper at the annual conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

The three, who wrote “Flash Prevention Due to Skin Solidification” were Sonny Nguyen, Mihir Patel and Kalan Smith.

Meanwhile, a graduate student, Rakshit Amba, received the Lewis Erwin Memorial Fellowship for excellence in extrusion processing.

All four students are advised by Prof. David Kazmer.

Some 50 undergraduate and graduate students, along with Plastics Engineering Department faculty and staff members, took part in the conference held in Charlotte, N.C., in May.

Air fare for a number of the undergraduate students was paid for by “Go Network,” a fund established by Debbie Hauser ’79 to support student travel to conferences. In addition, students held fund raisers to help cover expenses, and graduate students received a grant from the Graduate Student Association.

Department Chair Bob Malloy says, “These conferences provide students with a great opportunity to learn about new technology, interact with professionals and meet students from other universities from around the world.”

Other faculty who took part, some of whom also presented papers, included the three Steves -- Driscoll, McCarthy and Orroth, Rudy Deanin, Nick Schott, Carol Barry, Joey Mead, Amad Tayebi and Kazmer. Department office personnel Gail Sheehy and Ruth Dubay staffed the department’s booth.

Some 80 alumni, friends and faculty attended the dinner and reception held annually in connection with the conference. Moldflow Corp, a UML partner, sponsored an event that same evening for the students.