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Students, Researchers and Faculty Participate in Plastics Conference

Five-Day Annual Event Held in Cincinnati in May

Bob Malloy

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A contingent of more than 80 Plastics Department students, researchers and faculty members attended the five-day Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference in Cincinnati in May.

“We all learned about what’s new in plastics materials, processing and design,” says Prof. Bob Malloy, chair of the department. “Four undergraduate students, 10 graduates and several faculty presented papers that covered topics ranging from nanomanufacturing to integration of service learning.”

En route to Cincinnati, the group took a side trip to Dayton where they visited the National Air Force Museum, a facility that Malloy describes as “very impressive.”

The group also held a plastics engineering alumni event at a Cincinnati restaurant, attended by 75 alumni and friends.

Funds for the trip were provided by a variety of organizations, including the Graduate Student Association, student club organizations, plastics engineering alumni, a car-wash fundraiser and contributions from each attendee.