2024 Election for SPE Board of Directors

Candidates for Board of Directors

2024 Candidates for Board of Directors - Gary Wnek

2024 Election for SPE Board of Directors

Gary Wnek, Ph.D.


SPE Director Nominee


Case Western Reserve University
19 years 2 months

  • Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
    Jul 2006 - Present — 17 years 2 months
  • Associate Dean of Academics, Case School of Engineering
    Jul 2013 - Jun 2015 — 2 years
  • Faculty Director, The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME)
    Jul 2004 - Mar 2015 — 10 years 9 months

Virginia Commonwealth University
Founding Chair, Chemical Engineering
Aug 1996 - Dec 2003 — 7 years 5 months

Led the launch of a chemical engineering department in the then-new School of Engineering at VCU

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Associate Professor and Professor
1987 - 1996 — 9 years

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6 years 10 months

  • Associate Professor
    Jul 1985 - Jun 1987 — 2 years
  • Assistant Professor
    Sep 1980 - Jun 1985 — 4 years 10 months

SPE Positions Held

  • Member, Visionaries in Plastics Committee, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2021-2022
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, SPE Polymers, 2020


University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering
1977 - 1980

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
B.S. Chemical Engineering
1973 - 1977


I will be entering my 44th year as a polymer educator this fall, and have enjoyed a productive career spanning research, teaching, and service. I believe that I can bring considerable energy and a unique perspective to the role of an SPE Director. I have enjoyed recent participation on the Visionaries in Plastics Committee, and see many opportunities to grow the visibility and impact of SPE especially with younger scientists and engineers having careers in the plastics industry. A key priority would be to further energize and expand SPE student chapters. In addition to the technical content of broad interest, SPE can link professional and personal development opportunities to national and regional meetings along with webinars. Thanks for your consideration.

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