Knight Foundation creates $3 million endowment for polymer research

The University of Akron announced the creation of a $3 million endowment to further strengthen the university’s internationally recognized polymer research and attract world-class faculty.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering...

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Jana and Puskas to be honored by ACS Rubber Division

Two prominent UA researchers are being recognized by The American Chemical Society Rubber Division for their numerous contributions to their fields. Dr. Sadhan Jana, professor and chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering will receive the George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research.

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Patricia Hubbard, recently appointed Vice President of Research and Development for the Materials Group of North America at Avery Dennison and 1996 graduate from the Department of Polymer Science, shares how the education and research exposure offered at The University of Akron helped provide a foundation for success and allow her to build a life-long career in research and development.

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Nicole Zacharia, originally from the Chicago suburbs, is an Assistant Professor of Polymer Engineering at CPSPE. Before joining CPSPE, she received her bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Mathematics, as well as her PhD in Materials Science from MIT. Learn more about Dr. Zacharia’s teaching philosophy and goals within the Department of Polymer Engineering.

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Student Spotlight

Kevin Endres is a current graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science. Prior to attending The University of Akron, he studied chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Kevin shares his story on why he chose The University of Akron, and what his experiences are as a graduate student in the Department of Polymer Science.

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