News Archive

Polymer College hosts Science Day at UA

The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) is one of 16 district science fairs held in Ohio each spring under the Ohio Junior Academy of Science. Students from grades 5-12 prepared posters, designs, or prototypes in various disciplines, ranging from botany to computer science, from polymers to biochemistry. This year's event took place on March 16th at The University of Akron’s Student Union and was hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s (CPSPE) Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

Polymer Outreach hosts Science Olympiad and hundreds of local students

Five-hundred fifty students and forty-four teams: the Akron Regional Science Olympiad hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy is a scientific competition that challenges young students to use their teamwork and ingenuity, all while having fun in the name of science! On March 9, 2019, students from dozens of local middle and high schools gathered at The University of Akron’s campus to compete in team events and have an opportunity to qualify for The Ohio State Tournament in April.

Marcos Pantoja awarded Chatterjee Travel Award

The Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) recently awarded Marcos Pantoja the Chatterjee Travel Award to attend ANTEC 2019 in Detroit, MI. This award is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and involvement within SPE. Furthermore, Marcos was selected for this award due to his thermoplastics and foams centered Ph.D. studies.

March Safety Focus: Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers (Video Demos by CPSPE Safety Officer)

March’s Safety Focus is the Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers. Keep all eye wash stations and safety showers accessible. Why are emergency showers or eyewash stations important? The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially a corrosive substance, are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury.

Snake-like locomotion has many applications for robots [Video]

YouTube - Computerphile - Assistant Professor Henry Astley discussed his research into the "biomechanics of animal locomotion."

Agreement with Le Mans Université yields new opportunities for students and faculty

The president of Le Mans Université, Rachid El Guerjouma, traveled from France this week to visit UA and formally strengthen the existing relationship between our institutions.

Tubing die gifted to UA’s Akron Polymer Technology Services

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) continues to develop industry relevant workforce development courses for the polymer Industry. With the help of industry partners like Extrusion Tooling & Technology Inc. (ETTI), real-world processing equipment is used for hands-on, practical training of industry clients.

Sonal Bhadauriya receives SPE Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division (PMAD) award

Congratulations to Sonal Bhadauriya (advisor Dr. Alamgir Karim) who was recently awarded $2,500 from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

CPSPE Welcomes NPIC Microscopy Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Jiansheng Feng is starting a new position at UA as an Instrumentation Scientist for the National Polymer Innovation Center and will be overseeing much of the microscopy equipment.

Covestro and UN Environment call for young people to take part

Do you dare to invent the future? Covestro and the United Nations are again calling for nominations for Young Champions of the Earth, the prestigious prize for environmental entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30, who have big ideas for the world’s future.

February Safety Focus: CPSPE Prescription Safety Glasses Program

February’s Safety Focus is Safety Glasses and creating awareness for the College’s Prescription Safety Glasses Program. Anytime you are in the lab, transporting or working with hazardous substances safety glasses must be worn. Side Shields must be worn with all personal glasses. The side shields are very inexpensive to purchase.

Goodyear Polymer Center teaching labs receive renovations

The teaching laboratories in the Goodyear Polymer Center received a much welcomed revamping, as part of a larger UA renovation project funded by the State.

Undergrad's gecko research presented at national conference

Alexandra Pamfilie, a third-year Williams Honors Scholar majoring in biology and psychology, presented a poster on “gecko adhesive system performance” at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in Tampa, Fla., earlier this month.

Polymer engineering faculty on editorial board of new journal

The American Chemical Society's Applied Polymer Materials is a new journal that features Dr. Bryan Vogt, professor of polymer engineering, as an associate editor. Dr. Nicole Zacharia, associate professor of polymer engineering, is serving on the journal's editorial advisory board.

UA gets visit from U.S. Department of Defense

Our cutting-edge and groundbreaking research has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM).

Ziptastic winner for January announced: Deborah Wilhite

The Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) is pleased to announce the January Ziptastic Award recipient is Deborah Wilhite.

Polymer Science welcomes Junpeng Wang to CPSPE

The Department of Polymer Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Junpeng Wang to The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

January Safety Focus: 1st Annual CPSPE Safety Day

January's Safety Focus will be a day dedicated to Safety every year – January 16th.  This is the anniversary of the death of Sheri Sangji who lost her life after the UCLA lab explosion. We want to encourage everyone in CPSPE to engage in promoting an atmosphere of safety.

Akron area listed in 50 top performers in US patents

Akron Beacon Journal - Research conducted at UA contributes substantially to Akron's innovation ecosystem. Cesar Lopez Gonzalez, Ph.D., a recent graduate of UA's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, is referenced in the report.

Rubber Band Contest Alumnus Parker Frye Competes for $250,000 with New Invention!

Five Finalist Families are Vying to be Crowned the Next $250,000 Grand Prize Winner in Frito-Lays Variety Packs’ “DREAMVENTION” Contest

Parker Frye is one of the outstanding alumni from The University of Akron's Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. Frye finished as a finalist in 2015 (with his invention "Chill-Itch", an adhesive patch to stop itchy bug bites) and took home the grand prize in the Arts & Leisure division in 2017 (with his artwork "LIBERTY: The Sum of Our Parts", an abstract work using light and shadows).

UA-based business wants you to help tackle harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie

The Devil Strip - UA doctoral students Banafsheh Khakipoor and Kelly Siman; Research Scientist Jiansheng Feng; and Assistant Professors Hunter King and Adam Smith are collaborating to develop reliable, cost-effective technology to monitor algal-producing nutrients in fresh water.

Polymer Engineering alumna to be part of Boeing Technical Fellowship

The Department of Polymer Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Sayata Ghose (PhD 2004, Isayev) on her selection to be a part of the Boeing Technical Fellowship program as an Associate Technical Fellow effective January 2019.

Bounce, University of Akron are proving to be productive partners

Crain's Cleveland Business - Associate Professors Hossein Tavana, Abraham Joy and graduate student Kaushik Mishra are joining the ranks of UA researchers who are collaborating with The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) at Akron's Bounce Innovation Hub. Assistant Counsel & Project Manager Elyse Ball noted that Chelsea Monty, an assistant professor in chemical & biomedical engineering, hopes to commercialize her research in 2019.

December Safety Focus: Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

December's Safety Focus is the Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program. We must eliminate the use of mercury thermometers in the labs. CPSPE Operations/Safety will provide an exchange for your mercury thermometers at no cost to the research group while supplies last.

PPG Research Team Fellowship offers a wealth of knowledge and experience for undergraduate student

PPG has partnered with the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to offer Research Team Fellowships for undergraduate STEM students pursuing a Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. These fellowships provide opportunities for students to gain valuable polymers experience and receive scholarship funds, which can have a major impact on their current studies and future careers in polymers.