Each year, SPE recognizes outstanding contributions to the plastics industry as part of its Annual Awards Program. All awards will be presented at ANTEC® 2019 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, March 18-20, 2019.
2019 Award Recipients
The SPE International Award
Sponsored by the Automotive Division, Engineering Properties & Structure Division and the South Texas Section
Dr. Sindee L. Simon is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and Whitacre Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include the physics of the glass transition, cure and properties of thermosetting materials, and materials behavior at the nanoscale, including polymerization reaction kinetics and thermodynamics. She has received numerous honors, including the SPE Research/Engineering Technology Award, the Mettler Toledo Outstanding Achievement Award from the North American Thermal Analysis Society (the highest award of the society), and Fellowship in SPE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society,and the North American Thermal Analysis Society. Dr. Simon obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Yale University in 1983 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University in 1992. She took over her current duties as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech in 2012
The Fred E. Schwab Education Award
Sponsored by the Automotive Division and the Detroit Section
Prof. Anil K. Bhowmick is a Professor of Eminence and former Head of Rubber Technology Centre and Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Dean (Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy), IIT Kharagpur. He was previously associated with the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, London School of Polymer Technology, London and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His main research interests are: Thermoplastic Elastomers and Polymer blends , Nanocomposites, Polymer modification, Polymer Technology, Failure and Degradation of Polymers, Adhesion and Adhesives. He has more than 550 publications in these fields, 35 book chapters and seven co-edited books. He was also co-editor of the special issue of Polymer and Composite Characterization of the Journal of Macromolecular Science (USA). He was the 2002 winner of the "Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers" award and 1997 winner of the "George Stafford Whitby" award of the Rubber Division , American Chemical Society for distinguished teaching & innovative research and 2001 K.M. Philip award of the All India Rubber Industries Association for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of rubber industries in India. He was also awarded NOCIL award 1991, JSPS award 1990, Commonwealth award 1990, MRF award 1989 and Stanton-Redcroft ITAS award 1989. He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Adhesion Science & Technology (USA), Journal of Applied Polymer Science (USA), Journal of Materials Science (USA), Polymers and Polymer Composites (UK), Polymers for Advanced Technology ( Germany ) , Rubber Chemistry and Technology (USA), Nano-Micro Letters ( China ) and Natural Rubber Research (India). Prof. Bhowmick was the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna. He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian National Science Academy. He is currently also the Chair Professor of Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Mark A. Spalding is currently a Fellow in the Materials & Parts Processing Group (MPP) in Midland. He joined Dow in 1985 after completing a BS degree from The University of Toledo (1979) and a MS and Ph.D. (1985) from Purdue University, all in Chemical Engineering.
Mark has held a number of technical positions in Corporate R&D, Polystyrene R&D, Plastics R&D, and INCLOSIA* Solutions. He is the author of over 130 technical publications. His expertise is in single-screw extrusion and related polymer processing technologies. He co-authored a book from Hanser Publications with Prof. Gregory A. Campbell with the title "Analysis and Troubleshooting of Single-Screw Extruders."
He has solved some of the most complicated extrusion problems at Dow customer’s plants by developing and applying sophisticated troubleshooting methods. These solutions have created considerable value to both Dow and to our customers. He has designed extrusion systems for most of Dow’s major customers for virtually every resin that Dow produces.
He is a Fellow and an Honored Service Member (HSM) of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).