Fellow of the Society

We are proud to introduce the newest Fellows of the Society. These four SPE members are honored for their outstanding contributions in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities. Candidates must be sponsored by an SPE Division or Special Interest Group and elected by the Fellows Election Committee on the basis of their professional record as well as written sponsorships from at least two SPE members.

Application Deadlines:

  • Electronic submission of completed application: October 1
  • Information as requested by Fellows Election Committee Chair: November 1
  • Committee report forwarded to the Executive Board for endorsement: January
  • Presentation of Fellows certificates and pins - at ANTEC®

Submission Guidelines and Application:

348 members have been awarded this prestigious title since it was introduced in 1984.


Fellows Election Process


2020's Fellows of the Society honorees, with their SPE Division and Section affiliations, are:

Mr. Roger W. Avakian has served the plastics and additives industries for 44 years. He retired from PolyOne in May 2019 as a PolyOne Fellow after 19 years. He had previously spent 20 years at GE Plastics in technical management roles. Roger helped develop the polymer blends Noryl GTX™ and Xenoy™ and the polymer additives Genox® EP and reFlex™. He has 84 issued U.S. Patents. Roger has led SPE’s New Technology Forum and the Non-Halogen Flame Retardant Technologies Special Interest Group. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 1973. Sponsored by the SPE Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division
Dr. Santosh Bawiskar has worked for over 20 years in areas of thermoplastic/thermoset elastomers product development, polymer compounding, reactive extrusion and post-reactor modification technologies. Prior to joining Dow in 2011, he worked for GLS/PolyOne Corporation in McHenry, IL where he held various positions in both R&D and Manufacturing. He holds a B.S. in Polymer Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (Pune, India), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Engineering from The University of Akron and an MBA from Clarion University. He has co-authored over 25 external publications and conference presentations, developed a simulation software for co-rotating twin screw extrusion and is a co-inventor of 21 patents/patent applications. He serves as a Board member for SPE’s Thermoplastic Elastomer Special Interest Group. Sponsored by SPE Extrusion division.
Dr. Kurt Koppi currently serves as the Applied Rheology and Die Design Technical Leader within Dow’s Core R&D organization. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota where his research focused on block copolymer fundamentals. His areas of expertise include polymer flow analysis, rheology, polymer processing, and product development including block copolymers, polyolefin based cushioning products, solar shingles, and microcapillary films. He currently serves as a board member of the SPE Applied Rheology Division. Sponsored by SPE Applied Rheology division.
Dr. Donggang Yao's role at the Georgia Institute of Technology is teaching and directing research in the broad area of polymer engineering. His ongoing research deals with precision molding, computational rheology, and process modeling. His work in polymer processing has resulted in over 200 publications in journals and conference proceedings. Currently, he is a board member in the Applied Rheology Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Previously, he served as chair for several technical committees related to polymer and composites for the Manufacturing Division and Materials Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has also served in editorial boards of several journals related to polymer engineering and manufacturing processes. Sponsored by SPE Applied Rheology division.