Dean Emeritus, Dr. Frank N. Kelley awarded the inaugural CPSPE College Alumni Award during Polymers Appreciation Day


Pictured Left to Right: Dean Eric Amis, President Matthew Wilson, Dr. Joseph Kennedy, Dr. Frank Kelley

On May 12, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering held Polymers Appreciation Day, a one day symposium celebrating the outstanding achievements of the college’s alumni and students.

Over 250 participants took part in the events of the day which included presentations by students, alumni, faculty, and industry speakers, a poster session, an industry table-top exhibition and many valuable networking opportunities with the Akron polymer community. Student awards were presented by our generous industry and community sponsors in attendance at the awards luncheon.

The inaugural College Alumni Award recognized an outstanding alumnus who has made a significant contribution to their profession, community, the university, and the college. This year’s winner was Dr. Frank N. Kelley, Dean Emeritus College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering, and founding dean of the college. Dr. Kelley provided 28 years of leadership at The University of Akron and is the visionary who led the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to become one of the top polymer programs in the country.

The winners of the departments’ Distinguished Alumni Award included Ms. Rochelle Woods of polymer engineering and Dr. Christopher Li of polymer science. Ms. Woods is a seasoned corporate leader with a lifelong commitment to excellence in leadership, personal growth, and development. She is currently an entrepreneur where she strives to help people achieve their fullest potential. Dr. Li is currently a professor at Drexel University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with research interests in the structure and morphology of ordered polymeric systems and hybrid materials. He is highly creative, forging new discoveries such as the creation of crystalsomes and other unique structures via directed polymer crystallization.

Polymers Appreciation Day provided opportunities to reconnect with faculty and fellow alumni and provided a venue to feature the college’s innovative research. The event was made a success by the many contributions of all who attended in the celebration of significant achievements of alumni and students.

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