Each year, SPE recognizes outstanding contributions to the plastics industry as part of its Annual Awards Program. All awards will be presented at ANTEC® 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, May 22, 2016.

2017 Award Recipients

The SPE International Award
Sponsored by the Automotive Division, Engineering Properties & Structure and the Division Detroit Section

Dr. Tadamoto Sakai

International Awards 2017 RecipientDr. Sakai is currently a Visiting Prof. of Shizuoka University (since 2007), an Executive Member of Japan Society of Plastics Technology (since 2009) and an Honorary Fellow of The Japan Steel Works (JSW) (since 2005). He joined JSW in 1964 and started as a machine designer and researcher for developing various polymer processing processes and equipment. From 1988 to 1991 he was appointed as Head of Hiroshima Laboratory of JSW and then from 1991 to 1997 Director of Board Members at JSW. From 1997-2005 he was an Advisory Board Member of JSW. His research/development fields have been related to all aspect of polymer processing.

While working at JSW he served Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Yamagata University, Shanghai Jio Tong University (China) and Prince Songkla University (Thailand) as a Visiting Prof. or Lecturer to teach polymer processing technology. After the retirement from JSW in 2005, he has been worldwide working as a technology consultant for the industry and a Visiting Prof. of Shizuoka University.

His achievements in R/D activities have been published as multi-authored books (40), oral presentations (more than 300), technical papers (more than 200) and patent (more than 70). Many of his oral presentations were presentations as key-note or plenary speeches at influential international conferences in the polymer processing fields of the world.

Dr. Sakai has been a Member of SPE for more than 30 years. He was nominated a SPE Fellow in 2003 as the first SPE Fellow from Japan and was awarded “Heinz Herman Award for Excellence in Twin Screw Extrusion” in 2006 from SPE Extrusion Division. Furthermore, he has been a Fellow of Japan Society of Polymer Science from 2011 and an Honorary Member of Japan Society of Polymer Processing from 2007.

The Fred E. Schwab Education Award
Sponsored by the Automotive Division and the Detroit Section

Dr. Ica Manaz-Zloczower

The Fred E. Schwab Education Award 2016 RecipientIca Manas-Zloczower is the Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professor of Advanced Materials and Energy in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and the Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University. She received BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute Jassy, Romania and a Doctor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Manas-Zloczower is the recipient of the 2017 SPE Fred E. Schwab Education Award and the 2012 George S. Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research awarded by American Chemical Society Rubber Division. She was elected and served as the President of the International Polymer Processing Society in 2011-2013. She is also a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and was elected to the Board of Directors of Extrusion Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers in May 2000. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Polymer Engineering 1999-2014 and serves on the Book Advisory Board for Hanser publisher.

Professor Manas-Zloczower's research accomplishments have been recognized through more than 80 plenary, keynote and invited lectures at national and international conferences and more than 100 invited seminars at various companies and universities worldwide. She has also chaired several sessions at national and international meetings. She presented the 2014 Plenary Technical Lecture for SPE(Society of Plastics Engineers).

Professor Manas-Zloczower's current research interests include modeling of mechanical properties for nanocomposite materials, high internal phase emulsions, structure and micromechanics of fine particle clusters, interfacial engineering strategies for advanced materials processing, dispersive mixing mechanisms and modeling, design and mixing optimization studies for polymer processing equipment.

Professor Manas-Zloczower has more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 100 published conference proceedings, and a number of book chapters and patents. She is the editor of the 2009 book “Mixing and Compounding of Polymers” published by Hanser.

The Research/Engineering Technology Award
Sponsored by SPE Extrusion Division

Mark D. Wetzel

Research/Engineering Technology Award 2017 RecipientMark Wetzel provided technical leadership for the DuPont in the area of polymer process development, scale-up and analysis before his retirement in 2016. He has over 37 years of experience in various areas that include: fundamentals of extrusion and compounding, extrusion and compounding process development, new product development through process innovation, and polymer nanocomposites and the safe handling of nanomaterials.

Since 1995, Mark has collaborated with many leading academics and practitioners in the polymer processing field with over 70 publications on extrusion process characterization, melting fundamentals, residence time distribution, polymer nanocomposites and process monitoring and control. Mark is an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and its Extrusion Division having served on it Board as Chair and Councilor. Mark was elected SPE Fellow in 2007.

Mark received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1978 and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1980.