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SPE awards ANTEC '92.

Dr. Richard H. Boyd, SPE International Award

Dr. Richard H. Boyd, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, distinguished professor of chemical engineering, and adjunct professor of chemistry, University of Utah, is the winner of the 1992 SPE International Award (sponsored by the New York Section). Dr. Boyd's multiple titles reflect his diverse interests in research and teaching of polymer science. These range from basic theories of macro-molecular conformation and relaxation processes to the practical goals of predicting the mechanical and electrical properties of multiphase systems from those of the components.

Dr. Boyd is perhaps best known for his pioneering efforts in the application of computers to calculations of the molecular mechanics of polymer chain conformational energies. Methods he developed from first principles are used to calculate the chain configurations and kinetics underlying dynamic mechanical behavior and dielectric responses. His algorithms have just begun to be applied to biomolecular dynamics. His work on relaxation processes in crystalline polymers, particularly using dielectric spectroscopy, is internationally recognized and has provided fundamental information and understanding on motions in crystalline and semicrystalline polymer systems. He has also made significant contributions to polymer thermodynamics and to the understanding of polymer degradation.

Dr. Boyd earned a BSc in chemistry from Ohio State University in 1951 and a PhD in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955. He then joined the Du Pont Co., where he conducted research on relaxation processes in crystalline polymers and simulations of molecular mechanics of polymeric molecules and processes. He taught at Utah State University from 1962 to 1967, becoming professor of chemistry. When the University of Utah began its Materials Science and Engineering program in 1967, he joined that institution as professor of chemical engineering, and was instrumental in establishing the curriculum and recruiting faculty for the polymer program.

Dr. Boyd is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and he received its High Polymer Physics Prize in 1988. A member of the American Chemical Society, he received its Utah Award in 1986; he has also been on the editorial board of Macromolecules. Dr. Boyd is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and has held visiting professorships at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He was on the Advisory Committee, Chemistry Division, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories from 1988 to 1990, and he is currently on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tripos Co.

Dr. Maurice Hiles, John W. Hyatt Award

The winner of the John W. Hyatt Award (sponsored by Hoechst Celanese) for service to mankind through the use of plastics is Dr. Maurice Hiles, chairman, Technology 2000, Inc., and president, Advanced Polymer Alloys, Inc., Munroe Falls, Ohio. Dr. Hiles collaborated on research into the mechanical implications of heel strike, which showed that the shock waves traveling through the musculoskeletal system during walking and running are dramatically higher than expected at the skin surface, but remarkably attenuated when they reach adjacent bone. The "wear and tear" syndrome literally affects millions of people--causing or exacerbating lower back pain, degenerative joint disease, scoliosis caries, spondylolysis, migraine, and arthritis; it is particularly severe for hemophiliacs, and may lead to lower limb amputations and even death in diabetics. The extent of the affliction motivated Dr. Hiles's further research into the energy dissipation properties of the soft tissue of the human calcaneal fat pad, which disclosed a structure very similar to an interpenetrating polymer network. This led to his synthesis of the first commercial simultaneous interpenetrating network.

That two-element polyurethane elastomer was capable of dissipating more energy volume/volume than any other known material. Its worldwide manufacture into inner soles and heel inserts has brought relief to millions of sufferers.

Dr. Hiles, a British citizen, earned a PhD in polymer science from the University of London, and was professor of biomaterials science at the University of Akron from 1980 to 1983. He holds eleven important U.S. patents and numerous overseas patents, primarily covering energy-absorbing compositions, and he has published and lectured worldwide on medical and technical topics.

Dr. Imrich Klein, Fred O. Conley Award

Dr. Imrich Klein, president of Scientific Process & Research, Inc., Somerset, N.J., and winner of the 1992 Fred O. Conley Award for Plastics Engineering/Technology (sponsored by the Detroit Section), is a pioneer in the use of computer simulation in extrusion and molding technology. He holds ten patents covering novel extrusion methods and devices, and is the author of two books, Computer Programs for Plastic Engineers and Engineering Principles of Plasticating Extrusion, both sponsored by SPE, that are used as textbooks in colleges and universities.

Dr. Klein has published numerous technical papers, has contributed chapters to several books on plastics processing and computers, and is a well-known lecturer and instructor on extrusion topics, both in the United States and Europe. At his firm, which specializes in extrusion R&D, process development, and extruder screw design and construction, he is currently leading a team developing computerized methods for troubleshooting plastic processing lines and equipment design.

Dr. Klein earned a BS in chemical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 1956 and his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, in 1958 and 1959. Dr. Klein was a research engineer at Du Pont and at Esso Research and Engineering, and a senior research engineer at Western Electric, and he joined his present firm in 1968. He served on the SPE Technical Volumes Committee from 1966 to 1972, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, and is a member of the American Chemical Society, The Society of the Plastics Industry, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Henry H. Tschappat, Education Award

Henry H. Tschappat, professor and program director, Plastics Programs, College of Technology, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., is the winner of the 1992 Education Award (sponsored by the Newark Section in memory of J. Harry DuBois, SPE President, 1948-1949). Since Professor Tschappat joined the faculty and administration of Ferris State in 1982, the University has instituted a successful BS program, enrollment has grown from 54 to 225 students, the number of graduates from 17 AAS and two BS degrees to 53 AAS and 58 BS degrees, and the number of faculty from two to six. The programs are now housed in a dedicated 20,000-|ft.sup.2~ building holding $1 million worth of new equipment. During this period, the scope of the Plastics Program likewise expanded--from primarily serving the employment needs of local industry to serving those of regional and national companies. Professor Tschappat views working with students and inspiring them to make significant contributions to the plastics industry as his most important accomplishment.

Professor Tschappat attended Central Michigan University, earned a BS in business administration at Washington University, St. Louis, and did graduate work at the University of Illinois--Urbana and at the University of California at Los Angeles. He was instructor of plastics technology at Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill., from 1970 to 1982, and vice president and general manager of Elgin Molded Plastics Co., a custom molder.

A senior member of SPE, Professor Tschappat has served on the Boards of Directors of the Chicago Section, the Mid-Michigan Section, and the Plastics Education Foundation, and he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Section in 1991. Professor Tschappat also holds long-term memberships in the Industrial Relations Research Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Dr. James L. White, Research Award

Dr. James L. White, professor and director of the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Akron, and 1987 SPE Education Award winner, is the winner of the 1992 SPE Research Award (sponsored by BASF Corp.). Dr. White's research has significantly enhanced the understanding of many polymer processing operations, which has led to important improvements in those processes and their products. He has very recently published books on polymer engineering rheology and twin screw extrusion.

Dr. White, a leader in the mathematical modeling of processing operations, has applied these techniques to the analyses of injection molding, blowmolding, melt spinning of thermoplastics, blown film extrusion, and twin screw extrusion. He has studied polymer structure development during these processes and in rotational molding, and the fluid flow behavior of filled polymers and liquid crystal polymers. In addition to his recent books, Dr. White has published numerous technical papers, has contributed chapters to many polymer science tracts, and has edited several volumes of symposia papers.

Dr. White earned a BS in chemical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1959 and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware in 1962 and 1965. After employment as a research engineer at Uniroyal, he joined the University of Tennessee in 1967. There, he advanced to professor in charge of the Polymer Science and Engineering Program. He moved to the University of Akron in 1983 as professor of polymer engineering and has headed that department since 1984, becoming director of the Polymer Engineering Center in December 1989.

A senior member of SPE, Dr. White has participated in several ANTEC and RETEC programs, and was Chairperson of the Engineering Properties and Structure Division in 1982-1983. Dr. White is active in many professional societies, both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a founding member of the Polymer Processing Society and was its president from 1985 to 1987, has served on the executive committee of the Society of Rheology and is now on its editorial board, has chaired several symposia for the American Chemical Society, and served on committees of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the Engineering Foundation, the National Material Advisory Board, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Dr. Denes B. Hunkar, Business Management Award

Dr. Denes B. Hunkar, founder and chairman of Hunkar Laboratories, Cincinnati, the 1991 winner of the Fred O. Conley Award, is the winner of the 1992 Business Management Award (sponsored by Miles Corp. and the Southern California Section). Dr. Hunkar used his many inventions in plastics processing control to develop Hunkar Laboratories into a prominent manufacturer of process controls, monitoring equipment, and computer-integrated manufacturing systems. The products, which range from hardware to complex software programs, are all produced in the U.S. and are supported by the company's technology and expertise in 23 countries.

Dr. Hunkar's pioneering inventions include the first electronic parison programmer for extrusion blowmolding (1958), the first multi-parameter process control for injection molding of thermoplastics (1970), the first methodology for internal surface cooling of blowmolded parts (1973), the equation of state for processing of and the first processing control for thermosets (1975-1976), algorithms for "on-cycle quality control" in injection molding (1982), the first on-line SPC program (1986), and SPC control technologies for injection molding (1987). In all, Dr. Hunkar holds ten U.S. and 32 international patents, some of which have been dedicated to public use to open these technologies to all plastics processors.

Dr. Hunkar earned diplomas engineer in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Hungary, Budapest, in 1955, and a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1964. A senior member of SPE, Dr. Hunkar is a founder of the SPE Blow Molding Division and has served on its Board of Directors. He is also a founder of the SPI Machinery Component Manufacturers Division and its current chairman and a member of SPI's national board of directors, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Among the outstanding honors Dr. Hunkar has received are the Small Business Man of the Year Award from the U.S. Commerce Department (1976), the President's E Award (1976), Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1980), and various awards from the states of Ohio and Kentucky and the city of Cincinnati.

Dirt Devil Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Consumer Product Award

This year's winner of the Unique and Useful Consumer Plastics Product Award, the Dirt Devil Upright Vacuum Cleaner, was designed and manufactured by Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co., Cleveland. The unit weighs only 15 lbs, has a powerful 7-amp motor, a built-in hose, carries its own tools, and, at a 78-dB noise level, is relatively quiet. Styling and ease-of-manufacture were design requirements. The latter was accomplished by eliminating fasteners and minimizing the number of components, and then utilizing a combination of snapfit assemblies. Only one screw is needed in the entire unit, and molded-in latches and hooks are used to snap it together on the assembly line.

For styling and performance, ABS is used for the handle, back and front panels, motor cover, base, and nozzle cover. Pedals, height adjuster, handle release, and lifter/roller are acetal. Rollers on the bottom of the machine, brackets, and rear wheels are made of polypropylene. The bag holder is polystyrene, and the hose inlet is high-density polyethylene. All parts are injection molded, except for the blowmolded hose inlet.

The design team comprises James Kopco, Craig Saunders, John Sovis, Paul Stephens, and Michael Wright.

Trilliant Home Power System, Industrial Product Award

The Trilliant Home Power Center, manufactured by the Square D Co., Lexington, Ky., is the winner of the 1992 Unique and Useful Industrial Plastics Product Award. The injection molded load center was designed by the company's HDC Team for easy installation and convenience. GE Plastics' Noryl|R~ PPO/HIPS was chosen for its light weight, strength, and insulation properties.

The system box features molded-in wire clamps, front mounting flanges for flush mounting to the front of studs, and recessed mounting holes for surface mounting. The reversible interior slides into place and locks with a single mounting screw. The plug-in circuit breakers, which are molded from filled thermoset polyester, have an indicator light for instant troubleshooting.

The HDC design team consists of Steve Ledbetter, Jeff Sharp, Jeff Buchanan, Terry Cassity, Mike Harris, Bob Cooper, Ron Reed, Allen Breeze, Steve Pollis, Greg Scott, John Winter, Matt Sortland, and Jerry Scheel.
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Title Annotation:Society of Plastics Engineers; annual technical conference
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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