SPE News - July 23, 2021

Plastics Engineering Highlights

Digital July/August Edition of Plastics Engineering Now Available
The July/August issue of Plastics Engineering is focused on high-performance materials used in transportation vehicles.

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Ready to Roll
Plastic Engineering’s Transportation Special looks at developments in materials and processes that make composites an option on more passenger vehicles.



New grades of established thermoplastics are targeting high-performing automotive components.

Have Pods, Will Travel

It’s not as flashy as space flight with Richard Branson, but the Virgin Hyperloop will provide super-fast ground transport between far-flung cities.

SPE Member Spotlight

Meet Ananya Ghosh
Meet SPE Member Ananya Ghosh, who is on the SPE Young Professional Committee. Her devotion to SPE and the plastics industry is multifaceted and deeply rooted. She is a self-proclaimed materials enthusiast and loves nothing more than to talk plastics! Says Ananya, “Right from the time I wake up until I go to sleep - plastic goods touch countless activities in my life.”

What's Happening Around SPE

SPE Thermoforming Division Announces Scholarship Winners

SPE’s Thermoforming Division recently named two winners of the Division’s scholarship program: Olivia Ferki, a graduate student and research assistant at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Isabella Gayoso, a junior at Penn State University. The Thermoforming Division will host both scholarship recipients at the Thermoforming Conference, taking place Sept. 20-21, in Grand Rapids, MI, in September.

Applications Now Available for 2022 SPE Honored Service Member and Fellow of the Society Awards

SPE Fellows are honored for their contributions in the fields of plastics engineering, science, or technology, or in the management of such activities and Honored Service Members are recognized for their long-term, outstanding service to, and support of, the Society and its objectives. Fellow and Honored Service Member applications are due October 1, 2021.

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ACCE Conference Scheduled for Sept. 8-10 in Novi, MI

The ACCE Conference—taking place September 8-10, 2021, at the Diamond Banquet & Conference Center in Novi, MI—is focused on the benefits and expanding importance of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks, and other ground transportation applications. ACCE, which will be live this year, draws speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

It’s much more than a “Plastics Race”… it’s SPE’s Plastics Olympics!

Think you’ve got what it takes to win a Gold/Silver/Bronze-colored plastic medal? Compete against your SPE colleagues and test your plastics knowledge by answering a wide variety of questions in our Plastics Olympics Competition! SPE’s Plastics Olympics, powered by QMe Tech, will be held for 4 days starting on Friday, September 24 and going through Monday, September 27.

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SPE News Story Ideas?

Know a member who is doing outstanding things in plastics or in SPE? Have you heard about or are part of a chapter that is making an impact or a difference in the industry? Let us know if you have any story ideas for SPE News! Feel free to contact Chris Barry at cbarry@4spe.org.

Upcoming Events

  • Applied Rheology Workshop Series — Workshop Part III

    Presented by Goettfert
    Tuesday, July 27
    Virtual Series (SPE Member pricing available!)

  • What’s New in Moldex3D 2021

    Presented by Moldex3D
    Wednesday, August 4
    Virtual Event (FREE to attend)

  • Medical Plastics to Help Save the World

    Hosted by SPE Medical Plastics Division
    Tuesday, August 10
    Anaheim, California


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