SPE South Texas Section   The Extruder Newsletter

March 2017

The Society of Plastic Engineers

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President’s Message

Dear SPE-STX Members,

It looks like the groundhog got it wrong again this year. It certainly seems like spring is here! We had great weather and a record-breaking turnout for the Polyolefin Conference at the end of February. Thank you to all the volunteers who put in all the time and hard work to make the conference a success! It’s because of our volunteers that the South Texas Section is able pull off such a large event; which results in thousands of dollars being funneled into scholarships to educate the next generation of plastics engineers.

The beautiful weather is a great reason for our members to come participate in our next event. Our annual golf outing is coming up in April. I’d urge our members to reach out and invite a non-member to come and participate. We are not charging more for non-members to encourage participation. Information on signing up for the golf outing follows this message or you can find it on our section website at www.spe-stx.org.

Best regards,
Kevin Alexander

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2017 SPE SOUTH TX STUDENT SUPPORT GOLF OUTING

Frank Padula Golf Outing

Monday April 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Walden on Lake Houston
18100 Walden Forest Dr.
Humble, TX 77346
832-445-2115

Schedule
10:30 Registration
11:00 Lunch
12:00 Shotgun Start

Cost:
Foursome: $600 - Includes golf game, golf cart, range balls, deli Lunch, beverage for four peopleIndividual Golfer: $150 - Includes golf game, golf cart, range balls, deli Lunch, beverage carts and stations during play, open bar, buffet dinner, and door prizes.
$25 - Lunch or Dinner Only

Anyone with questions regarding registration please contact:
APRIL HIX
281-798-6821
aprilhixgfl@yahoo.com

or

JANELL HELTON
713-503-6729
jdhelton@comcast.net


 

Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting

When: April 4, 2017
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.


 

AkKzoNobel

Arkema

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2073302&trk=hb_side_g

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.

BASF

Baoding Lucky Chemicals

Students Participating at This Year's Conference Experienced Industry Insight

From the students who volunteer to the scholarships awarded, their experience will no doubt help them in their career. At this year's student dinner, which was held on Sunday evening, several SPE leaders talked to the students about their insight into entering the workplace.

Student dinner

2017 Polyolefins Conference Student Poster Winners

This year's poster winners ended with a tie for second place. Congratulations to all. First prize was $500, Second Prize was $400 (2), Fourth Prize was $300


Joseph Baker (Texas A&M University)
Zinc Bromide Concentration Effects on PEEK Degradation Under HP/HT Conditions


Edith DeLeon-Quiroz (Texas State University)
Transesterification of cis-2,2,4,4-Tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol (CBDO) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) polymers for high performance applications


Shaoyan Mou (University of Houston)
Surface modification for proppants via atom transfer radical polymerization


Jacob Frazer (Texas State University)
Soft Tempting of Conducting Polymers for Enhanced Electronic Properties

2017 Polyolefins Scholarship Recipients

There were seven $1,000 scholarships awarded. Thanks to the sponsors of the scholarships and congratulations.


Polymer Materials and Additives Division
Arnaal Al Shenawa (University of North Texas)


Polymer Materials and Additives Division
Joseph Baker (Texas A&M University)


Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division
Heedong Yoon (Texas Tech University)
Read the Letter of Recommendation


Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division
Benjamin Blandford (Baylor University)


FlexPack Division
Edith De Leon-Quiroz(Texas State University)

 


SOUTH TEXAS Section
Oromidayo Afolabi (Lamar University)


SOUTH TEXAS Section
Vivek Yadav (University of Houston)

 

Brabender Technologie

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/.

BYK

This year set new records for attendance at the largest polymer conference dedicated completely to polyolefins.

For more than 40 years, the SPE International Polyolefins Conference has provided a premier, value-packed event - a place for you to advance your knowledge, network with colleagues, and hear and learn about new technologies, ideas and industry trends.

With over 700 attendees, 67 exhibitor booths, 80+ technical papers, 5 Plenary speakers, a Sunday afternoon tutorial, 2 networking socials, and an annual student poster competition, the 2017 Polyolefins Conference was a hugh success.

Thank you to all volunteers who made this possible.

Brabender CWB

Modified resin for high-performance composites

Sarawut Rimdusit and Isala Dueramae

Abstract

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

Read more.

 

Carter Day


Program Calendar

Date
Event Title
Event Specifics
Topic
Location
Time
04/17/17 2017 SPE South TX Student Support Golf Outing Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament Golf Outing Walden on Lake Houston 10:30 Registration
11:00 Lunch
12:00 Tee Times
05/09/17 Awards Banquet Student Presentations and Awards      
09/09/17 Kickoff Event Houston Cougars Tailgating Party and Game Social TDECU Stadium  

CMR

Section Officers

President – Kevin Alexander
KwaTech LLC
281.701.7792
kevin@kwatech.com

Vice-President – Dell Doyle

President/Chair-elect – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
Peal Processing Inc.
281-560-3358
lauzopa@gmail.com

Secretary – Ryan Reese
Dover Chemical
330.343.7711
rreese@doverchem.com

Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
Chemtrusion Inc.
713-675-1616
ebourbonais@Chemtrusion.com

Committee Chairpersons

Awards –Edgard Chow
Kuraray America, Inc.
800.423-9762
edgard.chow@kuraray.com

Education – David Hansen
713.248.2273
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

Housing – Iman Bahrani
281-802-5392
iman.bahrani@omya.com

Membership – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Newsletter –Dell Doyle

Public Interest – Dave Hansen
713.248.2273
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

Technical Program – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby
713.469.2394
Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com

Golf Outing – April Hix

Board Members

Kevin Alexander
281.701.7792
kevin@kwatech.com

Steve King
281.851.0503
steven.king@solvay.com

Iman Bahrani
281-802-5392
iman.bahrani@omya.com

Bill Diecks
281-381-1264;
bill.diecks@comcast.net

Terry Vermaas
281.381.5755
tvermaas.aic@swbell.net

David Hansen
281.346.0143
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

David Grice
C and K Plastics / Valley Extrusions
281 352-6761
dgrice@candkplastics.com

Dell Doyle

Ashley Raines
281-913.8122
ashley.raines@EGCcomponents.com

Tom Walsh
President, Walsh Consulting Services, Inc.
281-493-2344
t.s.walsh@earthlink.net

Chuck Crosby
713.469.2394
Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com

Web Content/Section Coordinator

Suzanne Biggs – 713.829.9226
suzbiggs@comcast.net