Graduate Student Awards:
The Ohio Rubber Group has selected two students at The University of Akron to receive the ORG Graduate Student Award for 2013. PhD Candidates Joseph Scavuzzo (Polymer Science) and Kushal Bahl (Polymer Engineering) each received an award of $3000. Both recipients presented overviews of their research at the Spring meeting of the Ohio Rubber Group on April 16. Joseph gave a presentation on "Biomimetic Thermoplastic Elastomers," and Kushal gave a presentation on "Lignin - Carbon Black Hybrids: Towards Development of Energy Efficient Rubber Compounds." They were also presented with gratis student memberships to the ORG. (ORG membership is free to any interested student). Joseph and Kushal were both very grateful to the ORG for these awards, and look forward to meeting its members in person.
The ORG Graduate Student Award was created to promote the academic efforts of graduate students in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Each year with the assistance of the Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Departments, candidate students submit applications along with transcripts and letters of recommendation to the ORG Scholarship Committee. This information is then used to select a group of students for face-to-face interviews with the Committee. The very high caliber of the candidates makes the final selection very difficult, but the democratic process of voting is used to make the determinations.
**NEW** ORG Member Scholarship Award:
On August 22, Kelly Casanova was presented with the inaugural $2,000 Ohio Rubber Group Member Scholarship Award by Joel Neilsen, Chair of the ORG Scholarship Committee. Kelly is a Mechanical Engineer currently employed at Cooper Tire as a Tire Tread Compounder and is pursuing her Masters in Chemical Engineering at The University of Toledo. In attendance at the ceremony were P. Glenn Arbaugh, Director of Cooper's North American Technical Center, and Kelly's supervisor, Matt Snider, Manager of Compound Development.
Funds for the scholarships are provided by The ORG Endowed Scholarship Fund and from Ohio Rubber Group's fund raising events.
Our goal is to grow The Fund to a self-sustaining level. This goal has not yet been reached.
Donations are welcome and can be mailed to:
ORG Endowed Scholarship Fund
PO Box 341
Bath, OH 44210
Photos below were taken at The University of Akron on February 6, during a luncheon to recognize the 2013 scholarship winners.
Pictured above (L to R): Denise Kotz - DuPont, Joel Neilsen - Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co., Joseph Scavuzzo - Polymer Science, Dr. Coleen Pugh - Professor, Department Chair: Polymer Science, and Jon Karas - DuPont Performance Polymers
Pictured above (L to R): Denise Kotz - DuPont, Joel Neilsen - Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co., Kushal Bahl - Polymer Engineering, Dr. Sadhan Jana - Professor: Polymer Engineering, and Jon Karas - DuPont Performance Polymers
Pictured above (L to R): Dr. Mark Foster - Associate Dean for Programs, Policy and Engagement, Joseph Scavuzzo - Polymer Science, Denise Kotz - DuPont, Joel Neilsen - Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co., Jon Karas - DuPont Performance Polymers, Kushal Bahl - Polymer Engineering, Dr. Bob Weiss - Hezzleton E. Simmons Professor of Polymer Engineering, Dr. Coleen Pugh - Professor, Department Chair: Polymer Science, and Dr. Sadhan Jana - Professor: Polymer Engineering
Updates on Past Scholarship Winners: