Shiro Matsuoka, former head of the Department of Plastics Research and Engineering at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., has won the Society of Plastics Engineers' top honor, the 1995 International Award, SPE announced. Matsuoka and other award winners will be honored May 9 at SPE's annual Technical Conference in Boston.
Matsuoka's work in thermo-mechanical properties of polymers has been used in submarine cable design, micro-electronics packaging and telecommunications applications.
SPE of Brookfield announced the other award winners:
John W. Hyatt Award for service to mankind, to Robert S. Langer, professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Engineering and Technology Award, to George S. Nalle Jr., president and founder of Nalle Plastics Inc., based in Austin, Texas.
Education Award, to Stephen A. Orroth Jr., professor of plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Business Management Award, to Frank R. Nissel, president of Welex Inc., an extruder manufacturer in Blue Bell, Pa.
Research Award, to Gerhard Wegner, professor and director of the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.
SPE also named two winners for unique and useful products: A composite air intake manifold in the 1995 Cadillac Northstar V-8 engine, made by Freudenberg-NOK at its Manchester, N.H., plant; and a disposable, full-face oxygen mask made by Respironics Inc. of Murrysville, Pa.