Society of Plastics Engineers Honors Newest Fellows.
Dr. George C. Martin was honored for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the fields of rheometry and rheology, and for commercialization of a variety of rheometers through the founding and leadership of the Rheometrics Company. A member of the Society since 1980, Dr. Martin is affiliated with the Rochester Section and the Polymer Analysis Division of SPE. He is a graduate of Purdue University (BS in chemical engineering) and the University of Minnesota (PhD in chemical engineering). He is professor and chair, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Syracuse University, New York. His sponsors, representing the Polymer Analysis Division, were Dr. Claudius Feger and George P. Schmitt.
Dr. Eldridge M. Mount III was recognized for discovering and commercializing a unique vacuum metallizing process for the enhancement of oriented polymer film surfaces; for developing a melting model for polymers on heated, moving, metal surfaces. He also developed and utilized basic technology for the extrusion and biaxial orientation of high output (7000 lbs/hr) film products; and developed unique product designs and fundamental technology concepts in the areas of shrink film and hermetic sealing of biaxially oriented film. A member of the Society since 1975, Dr. Mount is affiliated with the Rochester Section and the Extrusion Division of SPE. He has co-authored four books and has written and presented technical papers. He holds a BA in chemistry from West Chester State University and an ME and PhD in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Mount is a chemical engineer with Mobil Chemical Company Films Division, Macedon, New York. His sponsors were Philip Gately and Russell Gould of the Extrusion Division.
Dr. Piero V. Ronca has received this honor for implementing and advancing the use of thermal analysis methods for characterizing a wide range of polymers and processes; for optimizing materials and processes for the production of corona resistance wire enamels to withstand partial discharges in high voltage motors and generators. He completed a long-term research study to identify the mechanism of a catastrophic exothermic decomposition of one of the largest masses of a catalyzed liquid epoxy resin system; and developed and characterized semiconducting (electrically) compounds and coatings for the advancement of the grading and space discharge dissipation on high voltage insulted conductors. A member of the Society since 1969, Dr. Ronca is affiliated with the Ontario Section and the Polymer Analysis Division of SPE, besides being a leader in such international organizations as ASTM, IEC ISO, CSA, IEEE for the development of international standards on materials, processes and test methods related to polymers and composites. He holds three patents, has written several books, and has presented numerous technical papers. Dr. Ronca is a graduate of the Macromolecular Center -- NRC -- Institute of Pure & Industrial Chemistry, University of Genoa, Italy, (BSc in chemistry, DSc in industrial/polymer chemistry). He is consultant, MS&ET Consulting, Peterborough, Canada. Dr. Jesse M. Howard III and Dr. Alan Riga of the Polymer Analysis Division were his sponsors.
Jordan I. Rotheiser was acknowledged for designing and developing the first disposable thermoplastic intravenous fluid administration device that replaced reusable glass, rubber and stainless steel. This device became the industry standard for eliminating infection. He also designed the precision microdrip administration device that prevented the over-medication of countless numbers of infants. Mr. Rotheiser pioneered the design work in replacing steel street and floor sweeping and scrubbing machine housings with rotationally molded polyethylene. Other major design and development breakthroughs are an extensive line of all plastic wheels for lawn and garden products. He holds seven patents, and has presented and written technical articles and written several book chapters. Last year he wrote Joining of Plastics Handbook for Designers and Engineers (available through the SPE Bookstore). A member of the Society since 1960, Mr. Rotheiser is affiliated with the Chicago Section and the Product Design & Developmen t Division of SPE. He holds BFA and BSE degrees in industrial design and industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, and is president of Rotheiser Design Inc., Highland Park, Illinois. His sponsors were Glenn A. Beall and George Schmitt of the Product Design & Development Division.
Dr. Montgomery T. Shaw was recognized for his research in polymer rheology and processing, polymer blends, microcellular foams, electrorheological fluids, electrical cable insulation, and polymer recycling. Polymer Polymer Miscibility, co-authored with L.M. Robeson and O. Olabisi, is a seminal monograph on polymer blends. It was the first to include a description of the thermodynamics of polymer mixtures, techniques for characterizing polymer compatibility, methods for improving compatibility, and a comprehensive review of the composition and properties of many commercial blends. Dr. Shaw is also a noted polymer rheologist; his contributions include the development of models for relating rheological properties to molecular weight distribution, fundamental studies of the rheology of liquid crystalline polymers and electrorheological fluids. A novel rheo-optical instrument he developed permits the characterization in real-time of the structure of complex polymer fluids undergoing shear flow. In 1998 he was awa rded the Society of Plastics Engineers' Research Award. Dr. Shaw has presented more than 250 technical papers, contributed to 70-plus publications, and co-authored two books. A member of the Society since 1978, Dr. Shaw is affiliated with the Western New England Section and the Engineering Properties & Structure Division of SPE. He holds B.ChE and MS degrees from Cornell University and an MA and a PhD from Princeton University; he is professor, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Dr. Donald G. Baird and Dr. Robert A. Weiss of the Engineering Properties & Structure Division were sponsors.
Armand Winfield was honored for the design and development of low-cost (reinforced plastics) housing for developing countries; he also developed a technique for mass producing embedments in acrylic for electronic, biologic, medical, and art objects. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City purchased one of his embedded jewelry pieces for its permanent collection. In the late 1940s he developed a method of using plastics to make casts of the human body. This became widely used by museums and artists. In the early 1950s, as a new plastics products engineer, Mr. Winfield was responsible for a process that enabled cigarette lighters to include decorations such as floating fishing flies, ad messages, and the like. He probably single-handedly introduced plastics as an art form to the world. For his contributions to architecture, building and design, he is archived in the Smithsonian Institution, the National Design Museum, and The Cooper Hewitt. He holds seven patents and has contributed articles to numerous jour nals and magazines around the world. A member of the Society since 1955, Mr. Winfield is affiliated with the New York Section and the Product Design & Development Division of SPE. He holds a BS degree from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a consultant and director of TRIP (Training and Research Institute for Plastics) and Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His sponsors, representing the New York Section, were Harold Holz and G. Palmer Humphrey.
Dr. A. Nelson Wright was awarded this honor because of his invention of the surface photo polymerized process for deposition of thin polymer films for use in electric, electronic, medical, and other applications. He directed Research and Development and shared in patents describing the K-Mixer, system for compounding of vinyl and other plastics. He directed the research leading to the development of a transesterification process for production of vinyl plasticizers form post-consumer polyester waste. He is also responsible for directing the research leading to the development of a patented process for producing azelaic acid by a catalytic process from renewable natural resources. He holds 24 patents and has contributed to publications and books. A member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1981, Dr. Wright is affiliated with the Quebec Section and the Vinyl Division of SPE. In 1997 the Society of Plastics Engineers presented him with the President's Cup. He is a graduate of McGill University (BSc in c hemistry and PhD in physical chemistry). He has done postdoctoral work at Leeds University, England, and was a research associate at McGill University's chemistry department. Formerly a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Executive Committee, Dr. Wright is retired from Synergistics Industries Ltd. His sponsors, representing the Vinyl Division, were John T. Lutz, Jr., and Edward J. Wickson.