2024 Election for SPE Board of Directors

Candidates for Board of Directors

2024 Candidates for Board of Directors - Luyi Sun, Ph.D.

2024 Election for SPE Board of Directors

Luyi Sun, Ph.D.


SPE Director Nominee


University of Connecticut
10 years 1 month

  • Professor
     - Present — 5 years 1 month

  • Associate Professor
     - 5 years 1 month

Texas State University
Assistant Professor
 - 4 years 1 month

Total Petrochemicals
Sr. Research Engineer
 - 3 years 2 months

Texas A&M University
1 year 7 months

  • Associate Research Engineer
     - 2 months

  • Assistant Research Engineer
     - 1 year 6 months

The University of Alabama
Postdoctoral Research Associate
 - 6 months

SPE Positions Held

  • Joined SPE in 2005
  • SPE Engineering Properties & Structure Division
    • Board of Directors (since 2010)
    • Technical Program Chair for ANTEC® 2011, Boston, MA
    • Winning Communication Excellence Award (special recognition) (2016)
  • SPE South Texas Section
    • Board of Directors (2010)
    • Organization Committee Member for International Polyolefins Conference (2008-2023)
  • Fellows Election Committee (2016-2021)
  • Member, New Technology Forum Committee (Oct 2017-Jul 2020)
  • Founder and Faculty Advisor of the SPE Student Chapter at Texas State University (2009-2013)
  • Faculty Advisor of the SPE Student Chapter at UConn (since 2013)
  • Elected to be an SPE Fellow (2016)
  • Elected to be an SPE Honored Service Member (2018)
  • Winner of the Composites Educator of the Year, SPE Composites Division (2018)


The University of Alabama
Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D. Chemistry

The University of Alabama
M.S. Chemistry

South China University of Technology
Graduate Studies, Materials Science and Engineering

South China University of Technology
B.S. Polymer Chemical Engineering


I have served in various leadership positions in SPE, such as the Division Chair of the Engineering Properties & Structure Division. Besides, I served as the president of the Chinese American Society of Plastic Engineers from 2013 to 2016 and the vice president of the Chinese American Chemical Society Southwest Chapter from 2011 to 2013. At the University of Connecticut, I served as the director of the Polymer Program from 2018-2021. I have organized over 60 symposia at various national/international conferences. I think my previous experience and skills qualify me for a leadership role in SPE.

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