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Society of Plastics Engineers — Student Chapter

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The UH Student Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) provides a forum for graduate students to interact with scientists and engineers from the local polymers industry.  We invite professionals for a bimonthly seminar series so students can gain perspective about the challenges, opportunities, and career paths in industrial polymers research. Thanks to the support of the local SPE chapter, our students can attend the annual SPE Polyolefins conference at no cost. Furthermore, we offer several fellowships to recognize student research accomplishments and leadership in our SPE chapter. More information about SPE is available at www.4spe.org.

Currently, we have more than 20 student members from the departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Engineering. If you are a graduate or undergraduate student at UH and you would like to join our organization, then please contact one of our officers:

Jonathan Peñaranda

Jonathan Peñaranda
Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering
jjpenarandamora (at) gmail.com
President

Jialin Qiu

Jialin Qiu
Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering
jialinqiu10 (at) gmail.com
Treasurer

 

Recent & Upcoming Seminars:

Seminars are in the large Mechanical Engineering conference room, unless otherwise noted.

  • Prof. Vivek Sharma (University of Illinois at Chicago) - August 30, 2017
  • Baker Hughes Facility Tour - April 6, 2017
  • Jingwen Zhang (ExxonMobil Chemicals) - March 21, 2017 (2-3 pm)
  • Rafael Verduzco (Rice University) - February 14, 2017 (2-3 pm)
  • Peter. Lauzo (Peal Processing Inc) - April 28, 2016
  • David Truong (University of Houston) - March 10, 2016
  • Adeline Mah (University of Houston) - March 10, 2016
  • Wenyue Ding (University of Houston) - March 10, 2016
  • Dr. Matthew Dixon (Biolin Scientific) - December 10, 2015
  • Guozhen Yang (University of Houston) - Nov 17, 2015
  • Dr. Alexander Norman (Exxon) - Oct. 2, 2014
  • Jason Clark (Total) - Sept. 18, 2014
  • Experimental Methods Part 2 - July 24, 2014
    • Saeed Ahmadi Vaselabi (Ion Beam Lithography)
    • Indranil Mitra (Scattering Techniques for Soft Materials)
  • Experimental Methods Part 1 - July 10, 2014
    • Abhijit Patil (Electron Beam Lithography)
    • Carmen Pascente (Unit Operations for Microelectronics Patterning)
  • Dr. Pal Arjunan (Director, Trelleborg Chemicals) - April 24, 2014
  • Dr. Michael Smith (Momentive Chemicals) - March 27, 2014
  • SPE Student Exchange (TAMU) - Feb. 26, 2014
    • Research presentations from TAMU students
  • Dr. Corina Sandu (Baker Hughes) - Jan. 2014
  • Dr. Rajen Patel (Dow Chemicals) - Dec. 2013
  • Prof. Rafael Tadmor (Lamar University) - Nov. 2013
  • Blackwell Plastics Plant Tour - Oct. 2013
  • Arnab Chakraborty (Process Systems Enterprise) - Oct. 2013
  • Student Presentations - Aug. 2013
    • Abhijit Patil, Weiye Zhu, Rahul Pandey, Maria Vorontsova
    • Shu Wang, Umeasiegbu Chinedu, Carmen Pascente
  • SPE Student Exchange (TAMU) - Jan. 2013
    • Research presentations from TAMU SPE officers
  • Ginusha Perera (University of Houston) - Nov. 2012
  • Prof. Lou Madsen (Virginia Tech) - Nov. 2012
  • Suchanun Moungthai (University of Houston ) – June 2012
  • Dr. David Hansen (SBC Polymers Consulting) – May 2012
  • Dr. Tirtha Chatterjee (The Dow Chemical Company) – Apr. 2012
  • Dr. Dana Breed (The Dow Chemical Company) – Nov. 2011
  • Dr. Manu Rego (Dow Elastomers) – Sept. 2011
  • Mr. Thomas E. Bell (Managing Director/Owner - S & T Group LLC) – Aug. 2011
  • Dr. Phillip D. Hustad (The Dow Chemical Company) – Apr. 2011
  • Laura B. Weaver (The Dow Chemical Company) – Feb. 2011
  • Dr. Kenneth Anderson (The Dow Chemical Company) – Jul. 2010
  • John L. Hammond, Jr. (Baker Petrolite Polymers) – Jun. 2010
  • Dr. David J. Lohse (ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.) – Apr. 2010
  • Dr. Toshio Suzuki (Kuraray America) – Feb. 2010

 

Recent News

  • Indranil Mitra is awarded the SPE South Texas Scholarship (2014)
  • Carmen Pascente & Anupam Aich receive SPE Student Research Awards (2014)
  • Congrats to our new officers — Jialin Qiu and Jonathan Penaranda — and many thanks to Vivek Yadav and Mohammad Safari for their service!!!

 

Acknowledgements:

We thank the Society of Plastics Engineers for the following equipment:

  • Attenuated total reflectance accessory
  • Dip coater