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AES received link to university library

AKRON, OHIO — Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P. and the University of Akron have signed a two-year deal for the university to manage a Global Information Center for AES at its world headquarters in Akron.

Access to the university's resources was one reason AES said it moved its headquarters from St. Louis to Akron. The firm makes thermoplastic elastomers.

Under the agreement, the University of Akron will set up a satellite library on the sixth floor of AES headquarters. AES employees electronically can access UA's libraries of more than 3 million books, trade journals, audio-visual materials, government documents and other items.

Roger Durbin, associate dean of libraries at UA, called the agreement ``a novel idea and an appealing collaboration for the university to share resources with an industry leader.''

U.S. News & World Report on March 18 ranked the University of Akron's Polymer Science program second in the United States. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst placed first.

PMMI starts group to target education

ARLINGTON, VA. — The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has launched an Education and Training Foundation.

The foundation initially will administer several PMMI programs, including the Partners in Education and Competitive Research Grant programs and the Claude S. Breeden Fund.

In addition to helping students enrolled in packaging-related programs at U.S. universities, community colleges and trade and technical schools, the foundation will provide the resources and expertise to develop new school programs and expand existing ones.

PMMI has provided the foundation with initial funding, but the Arlington group also is seeking donations from outside sources.

Chemists honor Baer with polymer award

WASHINGTON — The Washington-based American Chemical Society has given Eric Baer, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the Paul J. Flory Education Award, its top honor in polymer chemistry.

Baer, who is Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering at CWRU, founded the university's macromolecular science department.

Under Baer's leadership, the department grew to become one of the foremost accredited programs in the United States, with annual research support of $6 million. He also has helped other schools develop polymer programs.

Degree is Michigan's 1st for vehicle design

WARREN, MICH. — Michigan's first bachelor's degree in vehicle design is being created by Central Michigan University, Macomb Community College and Megatech Engineering Inc., a Warren design firm and a division of automotive molder Becker Group Inc., based in Sterling Heights, Mich.

The bachelor of science degree will give students advanced technical training. Designers take concepts created by artistic stylists and, using input from engineers, develop working designs.

General courses for the degree will be taught at Central Michigan's six sites in metropolitan Detroit. CMU is based in Mount Pleasant. Technical courses will be taught at the newly formed Megatech Academy in Warren.

The four-year degree is intended to build on an associate's degree from Macomb Community College, also in Warren, or on a similar two-year program.

The bachelor's degree also is available to high school graduates who have not completed any post-graduate automotive design course work.

Megatech Engineering President Patrick Kirby created the team that developed the program.

16 college students win PPA scholarships

GREER, S.C. — The Plastics Pioneers Association, a Greer-based organization of industry leaders with long records of service, has awarded $1,500 scholarships to 16 U.S. college students.

The group of recipients is the largest since PPA began its annual scholarship grants in 1990.

Amity trainee wins apprentice contest

FORT WASHINGTON, MD. — Shawn Hill, an apprentice at Amity Mold Co. of Tipp City, Ohio, took first place in the National Tooling and Machining Association Apprentice Contest.

Amity Mold makes injection molds for plastics, serving the appliance, automotive and home electronics industries.

Amity is a member of the Dayton Tooling & Machining Association. Hill, who lives in Huber Heights, Ohio, has worked there for four years.

Hill competed against 17 other apprentices, who had won regional contests, at the national contest held in May at National Aeronautics and Space Administra- tion's Lewis Research Center in Cleveland.

First runner-up was Jeffrey Irving of Haskell Machine & Tool Inc. of Homer, N.Y.

Second runner-up was David Mensinger of Hanson Mold in St. Joseph, Mich.