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SPE Announces Scholarship Winners

  • Friday, 21st August 2009
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Two graduate students will each receive a $2,000 USD scholarship grant from the Society of Plastics Engineers – Automotive & Composites Divisions at this year’s SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE), to help underwrite research in composites for ground transportation.

Gregorio Manuel Velez-Garcia, a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Zeba Farheen Abdul Samad, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, were selected by SPE ACCE committee members and will report the results of their findings during next year’s tenth-annual SPE ACCE.

Velez-Garcia will use his scholarship for development work on a new method for predicting fibre orientation in fibre-reinforced, injection-moulded thermoplastics, while Abdul Samad will use her scholarship to continue her work on aromatic thermosetting copolyester (ATCP) / carbon fibre composites.

This is the third year SPE has offered these scholarships. In 2007, two awards were made in honour of journalist and composites-industry insider, Steve Loud who passed away in 2006.

The ACCE typically draws over 400 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries on four continents. Held annually in Detroit, the ACCE provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the automotive composites industry.


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