Congratulations to the University of Akron, which this year is celebrating 100 years of polymer education. Back in 1909, Charles M. Knight, a professor at Buchtel College, realized that young Akron rubber companies like BFGoodrich Co. would need well trained workers to keep growing. So he set up a rubber chemistry laboratory and began teaching a related course -- the Chemistry of India Rubber -- the next year. Today Akron's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is the nation's largest. To celebrate, the university and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society will sponsor a black-tie optional dinner on May 4 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The keynote speaker will be John D. Ong, former chairman of BFGoodrich.
Akron's 100 years of polymer education
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