LEOMINSTER, MASS. - Four Leominster-area students received scholarships and two educational institutions received money recently from the Society of Plastics Engineers' Pioneer Valley Section. Local SPE leaders made the presentations May 7 during a luncheon at the National Plastics Center and Museum in Leominster. About 125 people attended the lunch, held at the beginning of SPE's Annual Technical Conference in Boston.
The following monetary awards were presented:
$1,250 to the Leominster Center for Technical Education.
$1,250 to the Institute for Plastics Innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
$1,000 to Chris Smialek, a sophomore majoring in plastics engineering at U-Mass Lowell.
$1,000 to Amy Imbimbo, a high school senior who plans to attend U-Mass Lowell, majoring in plastics engineering.
$1,000 to Nathan Butler who will be a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., majoring in computer engineering.
$1,000 to Jennifer White, a freshman majoring in philosophy at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
NIST gears grants to form alliances
GAITHERSBURG, MD. - Polymer work will receive two of eight initial grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, based in Gaithersburg.
The money, channeled through NIST's new Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science, will be used to form alliances between industrial researchers and people in academia and government.
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Liquid Crystal and Optical Materials at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, will receive a grant to co-sponsor a workshop on structure formation in liquid crystals, polymers and their mixtures.
The Polymers Division of NIST's Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory will hold a workshop on the effects of humidity and temperature on the performance of polymers and composites.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois will use the money to hold a workshop on residual stresses during curing the thermoset composites.
GM's Bolander wins Lemleson award
WASHINGTON - William Bolander, a General Motors Corp. engineer, has won the first $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for excellence in creativity, invention and innovation.
Bolander is an automotive engineer with General Motors Powertrain Group. He holds nine U.S. patents for innovations associated with controlling engine and transmission functions. Before joining GM Powertain, he spent 10 years as a member of the team that developed GM's Saturn car.
In addition, Bolander helped develop the Cadillac Northstar engine's ``limp home'' technology that enables the car to be driven even after a complete loss of coolant.
The Lemelson-MIT Prize Program also named the two founders of Hewlett-Packard Co., William R. Hewlett and David Packard, as recipients of the first Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners were honored in March with a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
The awards are funded by inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy.
Paulson introduces training products
CHESTER, CONN. - Paulson Training Programs Inc. of Chester has introduced several new interactive training products.
Paulson offers an addition to its I-T Learning System library, titled Basic Injection Molding Machine Operations.
The training program is designed for entry-level employees, injection press operators, as well as materials and parts handlers.
Another new product is the I-T System Manager Software version 3.0. This is the ``operating system'' of the Learning System, which controls all facets of the system's operation, including the user interface, record keeping, reporting, scheduling and enrolling employees.
Paulson's I-T Learning System combines video, computer-generated animation, narration, text and interactive question-and-answer sessions.
Also from the company is a Health and Safety Series, based on guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workers learn how to avoid injuries and dangerous situations.
Technical skills class will be held in Pa.
ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The American Society for Training and Development will hold a Technical and Skills Training Conference & Exposition Sept. 14-15 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
More than 1,200 people are expected to attend. The conference and exposition is organized for those who design, conduct, evaluate or manage technical or skills-based training.
More than 50 concurrent sessions will feature the latest training techniques, case studies and research.
Registration costs $515 for ASTD members and $635 for non-members. To attend both the conference and join the association, the cost is $665.
For more information, contact ASTD in Alexandria, Va. at (703) 683-8100.
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The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., held a grand opening May 23 for its Center for Processing of Plastic Packaging. CPPP is part of the institute's Center for Manufacturing Systems. Member companies can use equipment at NJIT's Advanced Manufacturing Labora-tory. They also receive research and development support services, including prototyping and computer-aided design.
The Polymer Processors Association of Ohio has initiated a program to link Ohio schools and industry to attract skilled workers. PPA held a Polymer Industry Education Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. Representatives from about 30 schools and 20 plastics and rubber processors met in May. For information, contact PPA in Akron, Ohio, at (216) 665-4891.
A bit of injection molding history has come to Ferris State University. Bob and Lois Richmond of Rockford, Mich., donated a hand-operated Van Dorn Midget Molding Machine, made in the 1940s. The machine is being displayed in the lobby of Ferris State's Plastics Engineering Technology Building in Big Rapids, Mich.