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SPE Awards ANTEC '90


Dr. Frederick J. Karol, Senior Corporate Fellow at the Union Carbide Corp., is the winner of the 1990 SPE International Award (sponsored by the New York Section). An expert in polymerization catalysts, Dr. Karol has for more than 25 years made significant contributions in plastics engineering and technology, including research into the basic chemistry of organotransition metal catalysts; creative usage of fluidized bed reactors; the invention of the UNIPOL process; and the development and commercial success of linear low-density polyethylenes.

Dr. Karol is the only Senior Corporate Fellow in the Polyolefins Division of the Union Carbide Corp. This is the company's highest technical rank, bestowed in recognition of his roles as the principal inventor and investigator in catalyst research and development programs for producing low- and high-density polyethylene by the low-pressure fluid bed Unipol process. The process was also adapted to the commercial production of polypropylene, and Dr. Karol is developing and extending the technology for commercial application to other polymer systems.

Dr. Karol has recently developed, with the use of a different transition metal compound, another family of catalysts. This development furnishes a basis for greatly improving high- and linear low-density polyethylene products, as well as the process of producing them. He has published many papers on polyolefin catalysis, and has been awarded more than 40 U.S. patents. For his work on catalysts for the Unipol process, Dr. Karol was awarded the 1982 Thomas A. Edison Award for Creative Invention and the 1987 Award for Excellence presented by the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York, and he was selected as a Chemical Pioneer by the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) in 1988. Last year, he received the Perkin Medal, awarded by the Society of the Chemical Industry, and he was also the recipient of SPE's Fred O. Conley Award for Plastics Engineering/Technology.

Dr. George W. Graham, EDUCATION AWARD

Dr. George W. Graham, Professor of Plastics Engineering Technology, Pittsburg State University, Kansas, will receive this year's Education Award (sponsored by the Newark Section in memory of J. Harry DuBois, SPE President, 1948-49). Throughout his career, Dr. Graham has demonstrated a keen interest in contributing to the advancement of technical knowledge concerning plastics. His development of a computerized materials-retrieval system in 1967 helped order an extensive array of information concerning the properties of available plastics materials, thus facilitating the tasks of designers and manufacturers of plastic products.

Dr. Graham received a BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., in 1959, and his PhD from Kansas State University in 1976. Before joining the faculty at PSU, he worked as a materials engineer in the Micro Switch Division of Honeywell International, Freeport, Ill., from 1959 to 1971. When Dr. Graham began his teaching career at PSU in 1971, the university did not offer plastics courses. Today, students can choose from among 22 plastics course offerings, all of which require laboratory work. Eighty-six students pursue a major in plastics engineering technology; a master's degree in the subject is also available. The faculty includes three instructors and two graduate assistants. Dr. Graham has created several original and exclusive laboratory manuals for PSU's courses. As a result of his efforts, experts from the fields of plastics technology and manufacturing serve as an Industry Advisory Committee, offering guidance on the appropriateness of course materials to industry. The university's association with members of the Industry Advisory Committee and others in the professional and business ranks have enabled it to accumulate approximately a half-million dollars worth of processing and testing equipment. The high caliber of the academic program is evidenced by the fact that the ABET certified the program for a six-year period, instead of the usual four-year term. There is 100% demand for PSU's Plastics Engineering Technology graduates.

A member of SPE since 1962 and a Senior Member since 1967, Dr. Graham is also a member of the ASME, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Educators, and the certification committee of the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology. He has won numerous professional honors and awards. George Epstein, Senior Engineering Specialist, The Aerospace Corp., Los Angeles, is the winner of the 1990 Fred O. Conley Award for Plastics Engineering/Technology (sponsored by the Detroit Section). Mr. Epstein, who received his MS from MIT in 1951, worked in various R&D capacities for private firms before joining The Aerospace Corp. in 1966. Since then, he has received numerous commendations from the U.S. Dept. of the Air Force for his contributions in various areas of plastics engineering and technology.

Mr. Epstein established and monitored the Air Force-sponsored program that demonstrated potential weight-saving uses of advanced composites in components of major satellite systems. As a result of this technological breakthrough, virtually every U.S. satellite uses advanced composites in critical structures to save weight and improve performance. He also developed a conditioning treatment to improve the adhesive properties, especially at cryogenic temperatures, of an acrylic adhesive used for bonding metalized-Teflon thermal-control films to structural elements of satellites.

Mr. Epstein developed early structural adhesives that permitted bonding of metals and reinforced plastics for applications requiring operation at temperatures above 300[degrees]F. He also developed an elastomer-modified epoxy adhesive, initially used to protect strain gages during hydrostatic testing and later used in the assembly and sealing of such underwater applications as large aquariums. His recent solution to the shelf-life problem of epoxy-base adhesive rendered unnecessary the requalification of a cryostat in a critical satellite sensor system, thereby saving the U.S. Department of Defense an estimated $12 million. Mr. Epstein is a founder of SAMPE and a recipient of SAMPE's Meritorious Service Award. He has been long active in the SPE's Southern California Section, initiating symposia on various plastics-related topics, and has been a key committee member for numerous SPE Technical Conferences.

Dr. Costel D. Denson, RESEARCH AWARD

The 1990 Research Award (sponsored by the Mobay Corp. and the Southern California Section) will be awarded to Dr. Costel D. Denson, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. For over 20 years, Dr. Denson has conducted productive research in rheology, fluid mechanics, and polymer processing. His work has helped establish new directions for research in polymer processing and has helped develop new approaches to resolving difficult polymer-processing problems.

Dr. Denson wrote a pioneering paper on how to use the inflation of a thin polymer sheet as a way of measuring the extensional flow properties of molten polymers in the biaxial deformation mode for arbitrary deformation histories. In several valuable studies that followed, he further developed some of the ideas set forth in the first paper.

Dr. Denson's early papers contained the theory and experimental verification for flow in co-rotating intermeshing twin-screw extruders. He presented the first paper to provide a method for computing the power requirement for pumping in twin-screw extruders. He also presented the only paper to develop the theory for predicting the development of molecular weight and molecular weight distribution in screw extruders as a function of process conditions and geometry for condensation polymerization.

An outgrowth of Dr. Denson's study of the injection molding of structural foams, the most comprehensive of its kind, was the development of a novel model for predicting mass transfer rates and growth rates for bubbles in close proximity to each other in a viscosity liquid. This, in turn, led to the identification of a new dimensionless group as the ratio of the characteristic time for momentum transfer to that for mass transfer.

An international lecturer, Dr. Denson is a member of seven editorial boards, holds two patents, and has won numerous awards. He is a member of SPE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Rheology, and the British Society of Rheology.


Jon M. Huntsman, founder, chairman, and CEO of the Huntsman group of companies including Huntsman Chemical Corp., will receive the 1990 Business Management Award (sponsored by GE Specialty Chemicals). Mr. Huntsman oversees operations that employ more than 1500 people and manufacture over 3 billion lbs of petrochemical products per year at 19 sites around the world. His eight-year-old Huntsman Chemical Corp., headquartered in Salt Lake City, is the largest privately held chemical company in the nation and the world's leading manufacturer of polystyrene; it is also a major producer of both styrene monomer products and polypropylene. The HCC's Woodbury, N.J., facility has an annual production capacity of 325 million lbs, which distinguishes it as one of the largest polypropylene-manufacturing plants in the world.

With several other investors, Mr. Huntsman formed the Huntsman Container Corp. in 1970. Owing to Huntsman's entrepreneurial vision and creativity, the company introduced an innovative polystyrene clamshell hamburger container, which it has successfully marketed throughout the world. The firm has since established major plastics-packaging facilities throughout the world. The consolidated revenues of all Huntsman companies reached nearly $1.4 billion in 1988.

Mr. Huntsman's contributions to the funding of applied environmental research are evidence of his commitment to the preservation of the environment. Last year, he and his wife, Karen, donated $1 million to Utah State University for the establishment of an environmental research center, and pledged additional funding each year to establish similar research facilities at other universities. The centers will oversee research in the areas of recycling, improved air quality, degradability, and tree conservation.

Mr. Huntsman has held numerous governmental, corporate, and civic positions. In 1970, he was appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to serve as associate administrator of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. During 1971-72, he served as special assistant and staff secretary to the President of the United States. A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance, Mr. Huntsman also holds a master's degree in business administration.

David S. Sheridan, JOHN W. HYTT AWARD

The winner of this year's John W. Hyatt Award (sponsored by Hoechst Celanese) for service to mankind through the use of plastics is David S. Sheridan, chairman and CEO of Sheridan Catheter Corp., Argyle, N.Y. Mr. Sheridan invented the modern medical catheter and numerous other devices that have helped improve people's health and alleviate their suffering. Some of his patented inventions include every type of catheter, flexible connectors for medico surgical tubes, an infant feeding tube, suture rib, and endotracheal tubes with improved proximal end connector units. He holds over 38 patents, all in plastics.

Mr. Sheridan's plants produce about 60 million catheters and related medical devices that are used in hospitals around the world. The disposable endotracheal tube, which delivers gases through the trachea to the lungs during surgery, is the main product of the $10-million business. Besides making major contributions to the Albany Medical Center (where the new Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center is named after him) and the Harvard Medical School, he has made significant contributions to the economic well-being of his hometown of Argyle by creating numerous jobs for members of the community.


James A. Woelfel of the Motor Wheel Corp., Lansing, Mich., will accept the Unique and Useful Consumer Plastics Product Award for their passenger car wheel produced for the 1989 automotive model year. The company's engineering efforts resulted in the first application of a production fiberglass-reinforced composite wheel for North American original equipment, which is expected to become a very significant growth market during the 1990s.

The composite wheel is guaranteed to be corrosion- and chemical-resistant, qualities that enable the wheel to retain its appearance for years, without the usual maintenance and care associated with steel and aluminum wheels. It also 30% to 50% lighter than mild-steel wheels and 10% to 20% lighter than cast-aluminum wheels. This translates to weight-reduction advantages of 2 to 10 lbs per wheel, contributing to improved passenger comfort and increased gas mileage.

Compression molding with matched metal dies led to the successful combination of high-strength SMC (at 50% fiberglass) and Goodyear's XMC (at 65% fiberglass) in a very consistent and uniformly molded part. Along with visual checking, a specially designed real-time X-ray imaging system is used to evaluate the consistency of this combination. Both lab and field testing have demonstrated that composite wheels equal or exceed the test requirements of other wheel materials. At reduced wheel weight, the wheels were found to be capable of achieving longer fatigue-test cycles than either steel or aluminum wheels. An important part of the wheel's quality assurance program is the use of a computerized process traceability system, which uses a bar-coded serial number that is molded into each wheel. The serial number can be traced from incoming materials to the final vehicle installation. Currently installed on a number of Dodge Shadow CSX vehicles, the wheel was also the SPE Automotive Division's Grand Award winner for 1989.


The Tennant Company, of Minneapolis is the winner of this year's Unique and Useful Industrial Plastics Products Award for its 530E Electric Scrubber. Battery-powered and pollution-free, this industrial cleaning vehicle is particularly suited for areas with limited ventilation and controlled climates. It comprises parts formed of ten different plastic materials in seven different processes. Included are compression molded structural members, cast urethane hose cuffs and connectors, a RIM nylon brush shroud, compression molded SMC brush arm and SMC fan housing, a thermoformed polyethylene brush scroll, thermoformed ABS brush access doors, compression molded ultra-high molecular weight PE bumpers and guides, rotomolded solution and recovery tanks of PE, disposable extruded PVC squeegee holders, extruded PE spline brush tubes, an injection molded polypropylene side brush back, an injection molded acetal brush drive plug, and a hood thermoformed of ABS with acrylic film. The designer and creator of the 530E is David W. Berg.
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Title Annotation:Society of Plastics Engineers annual technical conference
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Date:Apr 1, 1990
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