October 2019
A publication for the members of the SPE – South Texas Section
of Plastics Professionals

President’s Message



I was so glad to see and talk to many of you that attended our September social outing at the Astros Baseball game. It would have been even better if the Astros also showed up to play, however it was only their second home-game loss for this season.

As indicated before, SPE-STX is trying some new things to extend our ability to raise scholarship funds. The Sporting clays event scheduled November 13th is such an event and I hope each of you attends and possibly sponsors a team. It will be a great gathering with prizes and friendly competition, but it only works if you participate. Please see registration and sponsorship details on our website Event Page.

In December we’re planning a meeting at Dave and Busters (Date TBD) We’ll plan both a technical talk along with fun, food and games for all to participate.

I’ll close by asking each of you to help the organization. The old motto “many-hands make for like work” comes to play. SPE-STX has many ways to participate, volunteering for the Polyolefins annual conference, being a coordinator for many of the Universities we support (Texas Tech Coordinator is open), golf outing chairperson, and serving on the board. More information can be found on our website.

Peter Lauzon, President

Large Attendence at Our Kickoff Social at Minute Maid Park

Dollar Hotdog Night was great but the Astros lost 21-7 Against the Oakland A's. Astros go into the playoffs with the best record in baseball. Go 'stos!





Registration is now open for the Polyolefins Conference 2020

February 23-26, 2020
Hilton Houston North, Houston Texas
12400 Greenspoint Dr. Houston, TX 77060

Multiple Conference Programs Are in The Works

The SPE South Texas Section, the SPE Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division, the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division, Engineering Properties and Structural Division, and the Flexible Packaging Division are organizing technical sessions for the 2020 SPE International Conference.

Register today






Mark your calendar and join us for the first SPE-STX Sporting Clays Shoot Fundraiser this November

Sporting clay shoots are played like golf events. Each participant shoots at targets and mark their scorecards with either a “hit” or “miss” mark. Participants shoot from different stations similar to golfers playing 18 holes.

November 13, 2019

9:00-11:00 Corporate-sponsored games and warm-up
11:00-12:30 Registration and quick lunch
12:30-1:00 Safety talk and get to starting to first station
1:00-4:00: Tournament
4:00-6:00: Dinner and prizes

Meals included and provided by Jerry Mikeskas BBQ & Catering

Lunch: Pulled pork sandwiches and fixings (grilled chicken alt)
Dinner: BBQ brisket and sausage (grilled chicken alt)

$180 (Playerwill be placed on a team)
$720 (Corporate team of 4 players)

Register Here
Sign up today!

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.

Westside Sporting Grounds
10120 Pattison Rd.
Katy, TX 77493

Visit the Westside Sporting Grounds Website


Transient modeling of viscosity

Amir Moshe

The viscoelastic behavior of polymer melt is a significant factor during
rheological characterization and should be taken into account during
analysis and viscosity modeling.


South Texas SPE 2019-2020 Board Meeting

Minutes of the Meeting of the South Texas Board of the Society of Plastics Engineers – 9/09/2019

The SPE-STX BOD meeting was held at the Houston Technology Center. Dinner to follow.

In–person attendees
Peter Lauzon, President
Steve King, Past President
Tom Walsh, Secretary

Teleconferenced attendees
Janell Helton
Dell Doyle, Vice President
John Wagner, Member at Large
Richard Keeler, Treasurer
Iman Bahrani

Opening: Peter Lauzon opened the Board meeting at 6:03 PM.

Agenda-Approval of Minutes

Councilor Report:



Monthly Meeting Schedule









ASTROS Game - 9/10/2019


Minute Maid Park



Technical Talk - 10/24/2019


Dave & Buster’s



Sporting Clays Event


Westside Sporting Grounds













2020 Int’l Polyolefins Conference





Golf Outing - 3/24/2020













Sporting Clays Event



Board Membership

Awards Committee

Housing Committee

New Business

Next Meeting



Plastics Information: Check It Out


Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library on McKinney has resources on plastics and polymers. Check out their catalog. 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.

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 here.


Calendar of Events

November 13 Sporting Clays Event Westside Sporting Grounds All Day
December Technical Talk/Social Dave & Busters  
February 23-26 Polyolefins Conference Hilton Houston North All Day


Board of Directors

Need to contact one of us?

Section Officers

Peter Lauzon

President Elect
Iman Bahrani

Past President
Steve King

Vice President
Dell Doyle

Tom Walsh 

Richard Keeler

Robert Portnoy

Members at Large
David Hansen
Robert Portnoy
Clifford Lee
Chris Jorgenson
Monica Rodriguez
John Wagner
Preston McDaniels
Pau Arjanan
Matt Zwick

Committee Chairpersons

Awards Committee Chair –
Kevin Alexander
KWA-Tech, Inc.

Golf Outing
Ryan Reese
Dover Chemical

Education Committee Chair –
David Hansen
SBC Consulting

Ryan Reese
Dover Chemical

Membership Committee Co-Chairs
Chuck Crosby
Braskem Americas

Tom Walsh
Walsh Consulting Services

Newsletter –
Iman Bahrani
Omya, Inc.

Technical Program
Dell Doyle
Dow Chemical

Young Professional Chair

Polyolefins 2017 Chair –
Robert C. Portnoy
Portnoy Technical Services LLC

Board Members

Steve King

Kevin Alexander
KWA-Tech, Inc.

Iman Bahrani
Omya, Inc.

Bill Diecks Retired

David Hansen
SBC Consulting

David Grice
C&K Plastics

Dell Doyle
Dow Chemical

Tom Walsh
Walsh Consulting Services, Inc.

Peter Lauzon
Peal Processing


Web Content/Section Coordinator

Janell Helton
Houston, TX 77084