LOWELL, MASS. — The Plastics Institute of America plans to update and expand its Directory of Polymer Science and Engineering Programs by May and do an industry survey of research needs.
The effort will fill ``major voids'' in the plastics industry, and is an attempt to complement other trade associations, said PIA Executive Director Aldo Crugnola.
The association also plans to sponsor eight courses on administrative and business issues for plastic industry executives. The University of Massachusetts at Lowell will be a co-sponsor. The organization also plans mailings to members on research fellowships and technology scholarships. Since 1962, PIA has awarded 358 fellowships and, since 1990, the association has awarded 92 scholarships.
The directory update will include for the first time courses at the undergraduate and technical school levels, Crugnola said. Previously, the directory focused on university research, he said. It also will be available on CD-ROM and in text form.