SPE Scholarships in Honour of Steve Loud

30 April 2007

For the first time in its 7-year history, organizers of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) will bestow two scholarships of $2,000 USD each for graduate work in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation.

This year, the scholarships will be given in honour of long-time composites industry leader, supporter, and journalist, Steve Loud, formerly of Solana Beach, Ca. A Call for Scholarship Applications has been announced, with forms available for download at the address . A share of the proceeds from last year‟s SPE ACCE are funding this year’s scholarships.

Steve Loud, whom this year’s scholarships honor, spent his entire career working in various aspects of the composites industry. His wife Susan Loud said, “I think Steve could have easily worn the title of ‘Mr. Composite’. He was such a believer in the composites industry and did his best to support it and move it forward during his 43-year career.”

Born in Detroit, Loud grew up in nearby Birmingham, Mich. in a family that worked for the auto industry. He received a degree in Business from the University of Michigan in 1963 and began his career at Owens Corning in sales and marketing, where he stayed for the next 18 years. In 1981, Steve moved his family to California to become vice-president of Teledyne Ryan before starting his own company, Composites Worldwide. With his wife, Susan, he published award-winning print and online newsletters on high-performance composite materials and processes, and maintained the Composites News supersite on the Web. Steve died July 21, 2006.

Throughout his career, Loud was a member and supporter of a number of professional organizations and conferences. Both Steve and Susan were media sponsors and supporters of the SPE ACCE and Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, which for them “felt like coming home,” said Susan Loud.

Jointly organized by the Automotive and Composites Divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers, International, the ACCE has become one of the world’s leading fora for automotive composites, annually drawing attendees, sponsors, and speakers from four continents. The event provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the automotive composites industry. This year’s show will be held September 11-13, 2007 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich.

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