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SPE Awards ANTEC '93.

Dr. Donald R. Paul, SPE International Award

Dr. Donald R. Paul, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Polymer Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, is the winner of the 1993 SPE International Award (sponsored by the New York Section). Dr. Paul has made significant contributions as a researcher, educator, advisor, leader, author, and editor. His research has focused on important issues of miscibility, compatibilization, property relationships, and toughening. He has taught polymer science and engineering to approximately 1600 university students and supervised the research of more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory, and he has written more than 300 research papers. Dr. Paul has provided leadership and advice for educational institutions, industry, government, and professional organizations. He co-edited a two-volume book, Polymer Blends, that anticipated and guided the tremendous growth experienced in that area in the 1980s. Since 1986, Dr. Paul has been editor-in-chief of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research.

Dr. Paul is a member of SPE, AIChE, ACS, the International Congress on Polymers in Concrete, the Council for Chemical Research, the North American Membrane Society, and the National Academy of Engineering. Among the numerous awards he has received, SPE has honored him with the International Research Award in 1982 and the International Education Award in 1989.

Dr. Thomas R. Tice, John W. Hyatt Award

The winner of the John W. Hyatt Award (sponsored by Hoechst Celanese) for service to humankind through the use of plastics is Dr. Thomas R. Tice. Head of the Controlled Release Division of the Southern Research Institute, Dr. Tice is internationally recognized for his research in microencapsulation and controlled release. In particular, he has been a leader in the field of injectable, long-acting microspheres made with biodegradable polymers. These microspheres are designed to release pharmaceuticals and vaccines at precise, preprogrammed rates for weeks or months. He holds several patents in this area.

Dr. Tice is the co-inventor of injectable, biodegradable microspheres designed to release luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone peptides (LHRH) at a continuous rate for one month following a single intramuscular injection. The release is controlled by the biodegradable polymeric excipient of the microspheres, poly(lactide-co-glycolide). This formulation was commercialized in Europe in 1986 for the treatment of prostate cancer. Soon these LHRH microspheres will be indicated for other hormone-dependent cancers and conditions. This formulation is significant because it was the first parenteral, microsphere drug-delivery formulation placed on the market to deliver a peptide. A comparable product, based on Dr. Tice's patent, is marketed in the U.S. No other microsphere delivery system is on the market.

Glenn Beall, Education Award

Glenn Beall, the president of Glenn Beall/Engineering, Inc., has been named the winner of the 1993 Education Award (sponsored by the Newark Section in memory of J. Harry DuBois, SPE President, 1948-49). Mr. Beall has been involved in the preproduction engineering of plastic products since 1957. A Bradley University graduate, he worked for General Electric and Abbott Laboratories before forming Glenn Beall/Engineering in Gurnee, Illinois, in order to concentrate on plastic product design and development. Mr. Beall is a Fellow and a Distinguished Member of SPE and a member of SPI, The American Mold Builders Association, the Association of Rotational Molders, and the British Plastics & Rubber Institute.

Mr. Beall has conducted nearly 600 seminars and lectures for SPE and other organizations, academic institutions, and companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It has been estimated that over the years, his seminars have attracted more than 20,000 attendees. Mr. Beall was Chairperson of SPE's Education Committee from 1980 to 1982. He has received numerous awards and recognitions from SPE, SPI, and the Association of Rotational Molders; has published articles in PE, Plastics Design Forum, Plastics Technology, Plastics/Kunststoffe, Plastics Machinery & Equipment, Design Engineering and the Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry Journal; he also holds 35 plastics-related patents.

Dr. Ronald K. Eby, Research Award

Dr. Ronald K. Eby, the R.C. Musson Professor of Polymer Science and Ohio Eminent Scholar, The University of Akron, is the winner of the 1993 SPE Research Award (sponsored by Miles Inc. and the Southern California Section). Dr. Eby has made many outstanding contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the physical structure and useful properties of plastics and fibers. In doing so, he has developed concepts, methods of measurement, methods of analysis, and data that now have wide impact and use.

Of special note are Dr. Eby's key publications concerning fluoropolymers and other semicrystalline polymers. He was the first to demonstrate that melting point varies linearly with the reciprocal of lamella thickness. He determined the crystal structure of the low-temperature phase of fluoropolymers after unsuccessful efforts by others over 40 years; demonstrated that the copolymer crystals are lamellar; demonstrated that comonomer units are incorporated in these crystals as defects; developed a model of the effect of lamella thickness and comonomer defects on melting temperature; used molecular modeling to analyze conformational disorders; developed a model of the order/disorder transformations; developed a model of the effect of comonomer defects on the high-pressure transformation; and demonstrated the existence of a critical point in the high-pressure phase. Other contributions include Dr. Eby's work on high-performance fibers.

Robert Ljungberg, Business Management Award

Robert Ljungberg, the president of Ultra Tool and Plastics Inc., Amherst, N.Y., is the winner of the 1993 Business Management Award (sponsored by the Union Carbide Corp.). Mr. Ljungberg started the company in 1964 with three employees; the present number is more than 400, occupying two production facilities with a combined space of 200,000 |ft.sup.2~. Gross revenues are approaching $22 million. The company's products range from mouthpieces for the National Football League to air conditioning housings for GM's Harrison Division. Mr. Ljungberg holds the U.S. patent for a stress brace used to guarantee the structural integrity of radiator tanks that are sold to automotive manufacturers.

In keeping with its dedication to offering customers competitively priced products manufactured on a timely basis, the company has implemented a Material Requirements Planning System (MRP), which defines manufacturing requirements serving to maximize operational efficiencies and minimize manufacturing costs. The company and its founder have received numerous awards, such as Small Business Person of the Year (1989), SPE Automotive Division Most Innovative Use of Plastics (1988), Top 100 Private Companies (1987-92, Buffalo), The Erie County Legislature Award, Vanguard Business Award (1987, from the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce), and the New York State Legislature-Business of the Year (1986).

Water-driven proportional chemical feed pump, Industrial Product Award

The water-driven proportional chemical feed pump, manufactured by Dosmatic U.S.A., Inc., of Lewisville, Tex., is the winner of the 1993 Unique and Useful Industrial Plastics Product Award. The device is installed in a water line into which chemicals are to be injected for a variety of applications. When water flows through the main piston drive mechanism, the piston automatically measures it in 950-ml quantities in one complete cycle. Except for the actuating springs, screws, and an external clamp, all parts are plastic. Molded undercuts and barbs permit 27 individual parts to be held together without the use of fasteners. Only one rubber sliding seal is used; three pistons, made from nylon, seal up against GE Plastics' Noryl to form a watertight seal. Fill made of Du Pont Teflon is also used to eliminate friction. Polyethylene with fillers is used to meet the requirements of flexibility and chemical resistance.

Explorer antimicrobial water purifier, Consumer Product Award

This year's winner of the Unique and Useful Consumer Plastics Product Award (sponsored by BASF Corp. Plastic Materials) is the Explorer antimicrobial water purifier, a product of PUR, Inc., of Minneapolis. The device permits manual purification of water--up to 1 liter per minute--from just about any fresh water source. All parts are noncorrodible; the use of metal parts is kept to an absolute minimum. The Explorer uses GE Plastics' Noryl 731, glass-filled nylon, talc-filled polypropylene homopolymer, Monsanto's Santoprene, polyurethane, woven nylon, silicone rubber, nylon monofilament cloth, polypropylene sintered porous plastic, and ABS. Most of the parts are injection molded; the body is coextruded ABS and Santoprene; check disks and containment screens are punched; the silicone hose is extruded and cut; the filter cage and resin tube are extruded.
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Date:Apr 1, 1993
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