It is with regret that we are postponing the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) Alumni and Industry Days event previously scheduled for April 30 - May 1, 2020.

We now have restrictions on holding large gatherings due to concerns related to COVID-19. It is very unlikely that this restriction will be lifted in time to host the Alumni & Industry Days event on April 30th.

We want to thank you for your willingness to participate and join us in this celebration, and we hope that you will be available when we reschedule the event this Fall 2020.

Celebrating UA's Sesquicentennial (1870-2020) and 111 Years of Polymer Excellence

Join us to celebrate 111 years of polymer excellence

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron invites you to Alumni & Industry Days – a 2 day symposium and networking event celebrating the growth, achievements, and successes of the College and the industry through the years, and providing an exciting look at what the future holds.

Looking Ahead & Moving Forward: The Next 50 Years of Polymer Technologies

Featuring renowned researchers, distinguished alumni, and industry leaders, the symposium presentations will focus on The Next 50 Years of Polymer Technologies.

Celebrating the Outstanding Achievements of our Alumni & Students

The College will also celebrate our Student Award Winners, College Alumni Award Winner, Dr. Russell Livigni, and our Department Distinguished Alumni Award Winners, Dr. Michael Makowski (Polymer Science) and Dr. Sang Eun Shim (Polymer Engineering).

Dr. Russell Livigni,
College Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Michael Makowski,
Polymer Science Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Sang Eun Shim,
Polymer Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the best and brightest in the polymer field

The program includes a networking session featuring company tables, student posters and a visit from Zippy. Interactive panel discussions with Distinguished Professors and Alumni including Q&A are planned. In addition to the technical content, there will be informal occasions for interactions with your alumni classmates, professors, students, speakers and industry colleagues.


Faculty members in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) take tremendous pride in the work their students produce, and they go to great lengths in providing monies via grants to provide them with support. On occasion, a student will need more time to complete their degree than what was planned, or a grant may not be renewed, leaving faculty members and students in a financial dilemma.

For the sake of our students we have therefore established the Akron Polymer Student Endowed Scholarship; a scholarship created to provide funding for students in CPSPE to be able to complete their Ph.D. study when a need arises. Perhaps you also found yourself in need of contingency support while in college?

We thank you for your consideration and generous donation, which provides support to our students on their way to change the world!

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