SPE South Texas Section   The Extruder Newsletter

May 2016

The Society of Plastic Engineers

Table of Contents

Polymers Center

President’s Message

Dear SPE-STX Members,

As we wind down another year, I’d like to say “Thank You” to all of those people who have come to our meetings, participated in the social outings, or volunteered time to help out our section. We’ve lost some members this year that we will miss dearly. We’ve also welcomed some new members that I look forward to seeing in the years to come.

It is comforting to know that what we have done over the last year as a section has positively affected the lives of so many people. The informational exchange and networking at our meetings, the educational opportunities provided by our conference, the student scholarships, and grants provided to universities all result in benefits that will last well beyond this year.

As we take a break for couple of months, I hope everyone takes the time to enjoy this summer with their friends, families, and co-workers. We look forward to seeing you again at our Kick-Off event in the fall.

Best regards,
Kevin Alexander


In The News


Congratulations to the Texas A&M Team

The Texas A&M team, Trifusion Devices.....uniquely strong and low cost 3D printed orthopedic devices for amputees, came in first in the Rice Business Plan Competition on Saturday, winning over $350,000 and they get to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Rice Business Plan Competition has the most lucrative business plan competition in the world with the largest monetary prizes (>$1.5 million) so it is quite an honor.

They were competing against some very good teams so it took very good presentation skills, a good business plan, a strong team of experts (business & technical), and a unique product differentiation, based on the carbon nanotube 3D printed/microwave annealed technology developed in A&M's material science program, to win.

Good Attendance at Student Awards Dinner

Our Student's Awards Dinner was held at The Spaghetti Warehouse on May 10. Eight students presented their award-winning ideas awarded to them at The 2016 Science Engineering Fair of Houston.


Breakfast Bunch Meeting

When: June 7, 2016
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.


Sumitomo Corporation

1st Gross: Rick Keszeg, John Militante,
Fred Kramer, and Doug Horton
1st Net: Terry Bonnel,
Mark Frankland, and Dave Kohtz
Ladies Longest
Drive: Debbie Banta
Longest Drive:
Jason Yang
John Militante

Our Frank Padula Memorial Golf Tournament Raised Over $8,000 in Support of Our Student Sections for 2016-2017

May 9 was a great day for our golf outing rain date and the course was in perfect shape. 71 golfers, enjoyed golf, lunch, and dinner.

There were plenty of door prizes included many gift certificates from restaurants (Fuddrucker’s, Chili’s, Buffalo Grille, Skeeter’s, The Union Kitchen), two Top Golf gift cards pluse gift cards from Amazon and Home Depot.

Insulated cups, a large putting green, golf towel, golf balls donated by Ingenia and Consolidated Polymers, a great golf bag donated by Solvay, Tile key finder, shirts donated by BASF and a 32-inch TV were also given away.

The TV was won by Frank Padula’s grandson whose amazed look caused a standing ovation. It was a great outing.

Thanks Goes to Our Sponsors

Sponsors included Bamberger Polymers, Consolidated Polymers, Cal Thermo, Hugesen Enterprises, C&W Packaging, Ingenia Polymers, CW Brabender, Premier Specialty Plastics, Tarquin Polymers & Colors, Resin Distribution, Laudadio Polymers, Plantgistix (United DC), Ametek, Houston Polybag, Solvay, KTN and Birch Plastics. Thank you to all of them.

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Texas A&M


Join the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers on LinkedIn. Click on the above link and you will be directed to group page. LinkedIn serves as another communication tool for SPE-STX.

LinkedIn is a free web site for professional networking with over 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

LinkedIn enables discussions and networking between SPE-STX members and those related to the plastics industry. LinkedIn compliments the current SPE-STX web and membership to LinkedIn is free.

News Highlight
LinkedIn SPE-STX group currently has over 375 members as of 2014. To date, the tool has been used primarily to promote and discuss SPE-STX meetings.

Members are also notified of meetings from board members plus email blasts sent by SPE International.

As always, both the monthly newsletter and SPE-STX web site are the leading sources of information on SPE-STX activities.

Thermo Scientific

SPE South Texas was a Special Awarding Agency at the 2016 SEFH

The 2016 Science Engineering Fair of Houston was held in February at the University of Houston Athletic/Alumni Center, Main Campus. The major objective of the SEFH Poster Design Contest is to encourage students to think about science and engineering in an artistic way, and to integrate imaginative interpretations of the substance of science and engineering.

The South Texas Chapter of the Society of Plastic Engineers participated as a Special Awarding Agency. As plastic engineers, our objective was to look for projects where the participating students demonstrated creativity and originality on polymer related experiments. The judging took place on February 27 and the awards ceremony was held on February 28 at the Cullen Performance Hall located on the University of Houston Main Campus.

Judges included Edgard Chow, Pablo Garcia, Nelson Rodriguez, William Talbott, Astrid Torres and John Waheed. Eight awards were made to poster presentations in the following categories: Engineering/Physical Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry, Materials, Bioengineering, and Chemistry. The winning students were honored with an awards dinner held on May 10, 2016 at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Project Title
1st Place
Academy Of Science And Technology
Andrew Yu
Increasing Cutinase Activity
2nd Place
Clear Creek High School
Mark Kostjuhin
Evaluation of Different Techniques to Measure Viscosity
1st Place
Irons Junior High School
Angelina Lenz
PVA Protection
2nd Place
McCullough Junior High School
Esha Chakraborti
The Risks of Plastics
1st Place
Academy Of Science And Technology
Jenny Qu
Synthesis of a Novel Biocompatible Polymer
1st Place
Academy Of Science And Technology
Vidisha Ganesh
Synthesis of a Novel Biocompatible Polymer
2nd Place
Academy Of Science And Technology
Sreshta Margan
No More Needles!
3rd Place
Hightower High School
Lily Lam
Gulp! Gulp!


Labtech Engineering

As a service to our South Texas members, we post positions offered and those seeking positions on our South Texas web site. There are currently recent positions posted. Please feel free to send descriptions to Suzanne Diecks at suzbiggs@comcast.net if you are seeking a position or new employees. You reach the posting on the Resources page and click where it says, “The South Texas Section Employment Services (click here)”.

Lab, Production, Technician Jobs

Sales Job


Extrusion Operator

Laurel BioComposite

Plastics Information: Check It Out

Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library on McKinney has resources on plastics and polymers. Check out their catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org. If you are not near the McKinney location, you can arrange to pick up your books at your local branch.

The Fondren Library at Rice University has the most complete collection of books on plastics and polymers. This is also a prime resource for patent and trademark information, as well as other US Government documents. You cannot check out books there unless you join Fondren Library [$50], but you can arrange for books to be sent to your library by inter-library loan. Use their catalog at http://library.rice.edu/.

The next best place to browse is at the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston central campus. South Texas Section has donated many plastics books to this library. If you plan ahead, you can get a TexShare library card from a library where you are a member, which will allow you to check out books from any U of H library. Their catalog is at http://www.library.uh.edu/.


Nominations for The South Texas SPE Section Officers and Board Members Extended

We have extended the time to select our section officers and board members for 2016/2017. We would welcome any nominations from the members for potential candidates.

Self-nominations Are Welcome

The Section Nominating Committee will review the pool of candidates and present its selection to the membership for approval/disapproval by vote.

Please send any nominations to Kevin Alexander by Wednesday, June 15.

Thank you for your support of the STX-SPE section.


Modified Resin for High-performance Composites

Sarawut Rimdusit and Isala Dueramae


A simple and practical modification makes a new class of phenolic resin—benzoxazine resin—stronger and more resilient.

Read more.


Vanderbilt Chemicals

Program Calendar

Event Title
Event Specifics
09/10/16 Fall Kickoff Event UofH vs Lamar Social TDECU Stadium TBA
02/26/17 –
International Polyolefins Conference Various Subjects Polyolefins Hilton Houston North, Houston, Texas All Day

Section Officers

President – Kevin Alexander
KwaTech LLC

Vice-President – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers

Treasurer –Peter Lauzon

Secretary – Ashley Raines
EGC Critical Components

Councilor – Kevin Alexander
KwaTech LLC

Committee Chairpersons

Awards –Kevin Alexander
KwaTech LLC

Education – David Hansen

Golf Outing – Lynette Russo

Housing – Iman Bahrani

Membership – Justin Schmader

Newsletter – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers

Polyolefins 2013 Conference – Dave Hansen

Technical Program – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers

Young Professionals – Jason Mann

Past President – Mike Hedger

General Chairman 2015 Polyolefins Conference –
Chuck Crosby

Program Logistics – Iman Bahrani

Houston Science and Engineering Fair – Edgard Chow
Kuraray America, Inc.

Board Members

Steve King

Kevin Alexander

Iman Bahrani

Terry Vermass

David Hansen

Ashley Raines

David Grice
C and K Plastics / Valley Extrusions
281 352-6761

Mark Demark

Web Content/Section Coordinator

Suzanne Biggs – 713.829.9226