SPE Announces HSM Award Recipients for 2021

Contact: Chris Barry, cbarry@4spe.org, 203.740.5414

DANBURY, CT—December 14, 2020: SPE recently announced the 2021 recipients for its prestigious Honored Service Members (HSM) Award. The SPE HSM program started in 1992 with 347 members named Honored Service Members since the program was launched.

The following professionals received the SPE HSM Award for 2021:

Adrian Merrington, Business Quality Leader, Trinseo
Nominated by the SPE Detroit Section

Adrian Merrington, B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., M.R.S.C., C.Chem., C.Sci., has a passion for education and research, particularly in the areas of plastics, plastics recycling and plastics sustainability. He is a Business Quality Leader at Trinseo with responsibility for compounds and blends and part of the company’s sustainability closed-loop initiative. He has been Principal Investigator on multiple projects and is author of numerous papers and presentations. He has written four book chapters. He is also listed in Who's Who in Plastics and Polymers. He has been a member of SPE since 1994 and has been active in both the Detroit Section and Recycling Division Boards. He is past-President of both Detroit Section and the former mid-Michigan Section, being amongst those members instrumental in the merger of the two. He has been Councilor and Technical Chair for the Recycling Division. He was the 2010 Sustainability Division Outstanding Member and the Detroit Section 2017 Outstanding Member. He has served at the international level on the Sections Committee. His vocational interests include football (soccer) where he has been a coach since 2004 and a referee since 2018; football (American) where he was a former college player and now avid watcher. He also enjoys photography and travel. He is galvanized by the support of his wife, Liane, and sons, Ian and Lucas.

Robert Weiler, North America Sales Manager and Product Line Manager for Non-Halogen Flame Retardants, Amfine Chemical Corp
Nominated by the SPE Akron Section and Vinyl Plastics Technical Division

Robert earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He began his vinyl plastics career with Diamond Shamrock and Interstab Chemicals/Akzo Nobel. He was plant manager at Alside/Associated Material. Robert has also served as Business Manager for PVC Heat Stabilizers at Akcros Chemicals. Most recently Robert is North America Sales Manager and Product Line Manager for Non-Halogen Flame Retardants at Amfine Chemical Corporation. Robert has authored five publications on PVC compounding and stabilization and has co-authored several others. He is a past president of the SPE Akron Section, past TPC Chairman for the SPE Vinyl Plastics Technical Division, in which he is current Chairman. Robert also served on the Board of the SPE Non-Halogen Flame Retardant Materials Special Interest Group.

The 2021 SPE HSM Awards recipients will be honored at ANTEC® 2021, taking place virtually March 22-April 9, 2021.

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