Composites Industry Leader to Receive Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award

11 February 2007

Joseph Plecnik, whose many accomplishments include the analysis and design of the world's first and largest free standing composite stacks, will be awarded the third Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award by the Western Chapter of the American Composites Manufacturers Association.

The Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Corrosion and Composites Industry was created to recognize exceptional achievement in the invention, promotion and growth of the industry. The award is presented every other year at the Technical Conference on Construction, Corrosion and Infrastructure at Harras, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

In addition to the world's first free standing composite smoke stacks, Plecnik's accomplishments include over thirty years teaching, design and consulting experience; the design of the first fibreglass down lead pipes; and the design of the first composite tanker truck to obtain USDOT approval. He has conducted countless research projects in the composites field and authored more than one hundred journal articles, government and industrial reports.

""I am extremely honoured to receive the Cassis award,"" said Plecnik. ""Not only has Dr. Cassis made very significant contributions to the composites industry, but he is also is an individual I deeply respect for both his knowledge and character.""

Plecnik graduated from Youngstown State University in 1969 with a degree in Engineering, and later earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Ohio State University. He then completed additional research at the University of Maryland, Catholic University of America and George Washington University. Plecnik is currently a professor at the Structural Composites Laboratory at California State University in Long Beach, California.

""Dr. Plecnik meets with ease each and every one of the listed criteria and then some,"" said Larry Hurst, chair of the Awards Committee. ""On a personal note, he is also a very good man of high moral character.""

The Dr. Frank A. Cassis Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Corrosion and Composites Industry was first awarded to its namesake, Dr. Frank A. Cassis, on April 24, 2003, at the 2003 Technical Conference on Construction, Corrosion and Infrastructure, which Cassis founded nearly 30 years ago. The next award will be given in 2009.

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