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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. He 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. Professor Osswald teaches polymer and polymer composites processing and designing with polymers and polymer composites and researches in the same areas, in particular in the area of fiber orientation, fiber density and fiber length distributions. Professor Osswald has published over 300 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, 2017), Polymer Rheology (Hanser 2015) and Discontinuous Fiber Reinforced Composites (2020). 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 6 books, is the Editor of Polymer Composites, Editor for the Americas of the Journal of Polymer Engineering and the English language Editor for the Journal of Plastics Technology. Professor Osswald serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of several industries, is one of the co-founders of The Madison Group, and is part of a Commission to create a Science Ministry in Colombia.
Lynzie Nebel is an Upstream Quote Engineer for Cytiva, managing the product costing for custom upstream hardware equipment for bio processing. Throughout her career, Lynzie has gained experience in the automotive, appliance, medical, pet, and micro injection molding industries.
Lynzie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Behrend in 2008. She has been a member of SPE since 2004 and has been involved in her local section, holding many positions including past President. Lynzie also sits on the Injection Molding Division and is the former secretary for the SPE Foundation board. She is currently the Vice President of Member Engagement on the Executive Board for SPE. In 2015, Lynzie was part of Plastics News' inaugural class of "Women Breaking the Mold," and was named one of the group's "Rising Stars" in 2018. She is also on the Industrial Advisory Board for Penn State's Plastics Department.
Amanda Nicholson received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron. She is experienced in educating both industry professionals as well as students on injection molding processing thanks to her work at the Polymers Center of Excellence in Charlotte, NC. It was there that she was able to apply her training from the AIM Institute, Paulson and RJG in the processing of a wide variety of experimental thermoplastic resins. In addition to hands-on injection molding experience, Amanda has the expertise needed to perform accurate molding simulations to support customers in the development of a tool or optimizing processing conditions. These types of simulations are critical to a cost and time effective product launch. Amanda is currently a Senior Project Engineer, CAE/Simulation with The Madison Group where she uses MoldFlow to help customers turn their design vision into a manufacturable product.