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.

2016 Award Recipients

The SPE International Award
Sponsored by SPE Engineering Properties and Structures Division

Dr. Samuel Kenig

International Awards 2016 RecipientDr. Kenig is dean of engineering and head of gradual studies in plastics engineering at Shenkar College in Israel. In his PhD research (1968-1972), he was the first to study, model and simulate the complete injection molding process. His thesis was the inspiration for many commercial software packages that simulate the injection molding process. Before joining academia, Dr. Kenig served in various industrial R&D positions.

In 1974, he joined the Research Authority of the Israel Ministry of Defense, where he held various positions in the Materials and Processes Division and in 1986 became managing director of the Division, a position which he held until 1991.

In 1992, Dr. Kenig established the Israel Plastics & Rubber Center (IPRC) Ltd., aimed at advancing the technical and scientific infrastructure of the plastics & rubber industries. IPRC became an effective and highly acclaimed R&D institute in Israel and abroad. Dr. Kenig served as the managing director of IPRC till May of 2014.

Concurrently with his industrial activities Prof. Kenig was involved in academic affairs for more than 30 years. During his work with the MOD and IPRC Dr. Kenig supervised (jointly) 6 M.Sc. and 4 Ph.D. students in the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

In 1994, he established the Department of Plastics Engineering at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and was appointed the department head. Under his leadership the Department became the major source of plastics engineers in Israel and currently has more than 40 graduates a year. Since its inception more than 450 students graduated with a B.Sc. in plastics engineering.

Dr. Kenig became a full professor in 2000 and in 2007 was appointed dean of the engineering faculty. In 2009 he established the M.Sc. degree at Shenkar and was appointed head of graduate studies in plastics engineering. Since 2009, more than 40 M.Sc. students have graduated from the program.

In 2010, Dr. Kenig established a joint Ph.D. program with the department of plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell. Since then 6 Ph.D. students have graduated from the joint program.

Since 2000, Dr. Kenig has been involved in R&D activities related to polymer nanocomposites. This work led to numerous publications and 4 major Patents. The patents were commercialized by Nanto Ltd. (Italy), where corrosion resistant paints containing functionalized nanoclays have been developed and are sold under the trade name of "Nanto Protective Paints". In addition fire retardant polymers based on nanoclays currently sold under the trade name "Nanto FR" and "Nanto FR Paints".

Since 2005, Dr. Kenig has been involved in R&D related to superhydrophobic coatings. His research led to joint research program with UMass Lowell leading to numerous publications and a Patent. The results are applied as icephobic coating in military applications.

Prof. Kenig is the author of more than 150 papers and 16 Patents and has delivered more than 120 lectures in International Conferences. He has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engieers (SPE) since 1969.

Business Management Award
Sponsored by the Detroit Section of SPE and SPE Automotive Division

Frank Macher

Business Management 2016 Awards RecipientFrank Macher is chairman and CEO of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP). A recognized expert in strategic and business planning, advanced technologies, product development, and manufacturing processes and operations, he has more than 45 years’ experience in the automotive industry.

Prior to CSP, Mr. Macher was CEO and president of Collins & Aikman; chairman and CEO of Federal-Mogul Corporation; and president and CEO of ITT Automotive. He also spent 30 years at Ford Motor Company where he held several key executive positions, including vice president of the Automotive Components Group, an $11-billion operation and the predecessor to Visteon.

During his tenure at the Automotive Components Group, Mr. Macher expanded the company’s electronics operations on a global basis. He also established five joint ventures in China, including Yan Fang, now a $7.5 billion entity partnered with Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation.

During the early part of his career, Mr. Macher was involved in a number of automotive plastics innovations, including the first:

  • Polyethylene fender liner on the Lincoln Town Car (early 1970s)
  • Two-shot, rear tail lens molding process (developed with Farrell Corp. and fellow Ford employee, Larry Westin in 1972)
  • All-plastic, one-piece instrument panel on the 1975 Cougar passenger car
  • E-Beam cured paint for plastic instrument panels in 1975 (with Ford coworker Norm Brennan)
  • Blow-molded polyethylene fuel tank on the 1979 Mustang
  • Tubular cross-car beam designs (working in conjunction with Ford’s William Caldwell) that provided stiffness, structure, and reduced noise/vibration/harshness (NVH) for modular instrument panel systems, enabling single assembly for just-in-time (JIT) sequencing operations.

Mr. Macher earned a BSME from Kettering University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He was honored with the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and in 2006 was recognized by Automotive News as Supplier All-Star of the year. He currently serves on the boards of Martinrea International and General Products, and has served on the MIT Leaders of Manufacturing Board, Stanford Industrial Manufacturing Advisors, and the Board of Trustees for Kettering University.

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

Dr. Tim Osswald

The Fred E. Schwab Education Award 2016 RecipientDr. Tim Osswald is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Originally from Cúcuta, Colombia, he received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of polymer processing. He spent two and one half years at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Aachen, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.

Dr. Osswald received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, as well as the 2001 VDI-K Dr—Richard-Escales-Preis. In 2006 he was named an Honorary Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and in 2011 he was named Honorary Professor at the National University of Colombia.

Dr. Osswald teaches polymer processing and designing with polymers and does research in these fields, in particular in the areas of fiber orientation, fiber density and fiber length distributions. His fiber research relates to composites as well as to the paper industries.

Dr. Osswald has published over 200 papers, the books Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers (Hanser, 1996, 2003, 2012), Polymer Processing Fundamentals (Hanser 1998), Injection Molding Handbook (Hanser, 2001, 2007), Compression Molding (Hanser, 2003), Polymer Processing Modeling and Simulation (Hanser 2006), International Plastics Handbook (Hanser 2006), Plastics Testing and Characterization (Hanser, 2008), Understanding Polymer Processing (2010) and Polymer Rheology (Hanser 2015). His books have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian.

Professor Osswald is also the series editor of Plastics Pocket Power (Hanser, 2001), which currently includes six books, is the editor for the Americas of the Journal of Polymer Engineering and the English language editor for the Journal of Plastics Technology. Professor Osswald has been consulted by several industries, is one of the co-founders of The Madison Group, and is in the on the technical advisory boards of several companies.

The Research/Engineering Technology Award
Sponsored by SPE Extrusion Division

Dr. Gregory Campbell

Research/Engineering Technology Award 2016 RecipieGregory Campbell was raised on the coast of Maine and finished his education with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Maine. In 1968, he joined General Motors Research Laboratory as a research engineer and became senior staff research engineer in 1978. During his 13 years at General Motors Research Laboratory, he contributed to the solution of a number of critical research programs relating to the corporate change from almost exclusively metal construction to a larger and larger fraction of the car being plastics.

In 1984, Dr. Campbell became a chemical engineering faculty member at Clarkson University. During his tenure at Clarkson he held several administrative positions including department chair, chief information officer, and dean of engineering. His research focused on polymer processing and property interrelationships in extrusion, injection molding, blown film, electronic resists, foams, liquid crystalline polymer, and fuel cells. He also was the Director of the Extrusion and Mixing Consortium at Clarkson for 8 years.

Dr. Campbell has published over 170 research papers and directed 27 graduate students. From 1991 to 1995 he was treasurer and a member of the executive committee of the International Polymer Processing Society. From 2001 until the present he has served on the board of the Extrusion Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers and in 1994 became a Society Fellow. He was elected SPE Honored Service member in 2011. He served as an SPE Councilor for two terms and was on the SPE executive committee for three years. He has also served on a number of SPE committees and was treasurer for one year.

Dr. Campbell has retired from Clarkson and now lives in Maine.