Fall Semester Brings New Master’s Program in Polymers to UA


Cavicchi 082412This fall the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) has a plan to help industry professionals receive their master’s degree in polymer science and polymer engineering.

There is a large polymer industry in Akron, and many people who have built their careers in it have received a bachelor’s degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. However, there is a need within the industry to train individuals in polymer science and engineering, as well as bridge the gap between business operations and science. CPSPE has begun to do so with its brand new program: Master of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

Beginning with classes that start this fall, this degree integrates business and law courses with polymer-based coursework in order to offer a core curriculum with a depth in polymer science and polymer engineering and a breadth of subjects useful to everyday business operations. It will also broaden the subject of study beyond science and engineering.

The University saw a need within the industry and designed this program to prepare individuals to work in polymer or polymer related industries, consulting, or venture capital firms in non-research positions by training individuals with skills needed to be team leaders, managers and supervisors making technology-mindful decisions.

The fall launch of the program’s first semester will be led by Dr. Kevin Cavicchi (pictured), Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering. Eleven students will be joining the program for its first semester; three of these students are from right here in Ohio, and two others have traveled from Taiwan and India to be here at UA.

Dr. Cavicchi said of the new degree, “As the Associate Dean… I have a passion for developing and growing our academic programs. I think this new degree will be another piece of the puzzle towards our goal of broadly offering polymer education to fit a range of individual student needs.”

The new degree will contribute to the strengthening of partnerships between the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and the industry, both locally and globally, and diversify the education pathways for careers in polymer science and polymer engineering.

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