BUENA PARK, CALIF. (Aug. 27, 1:35 p.m. ET) — The Western Plastics Pioneers has inducted manufacturing engineer, lecturer, author and newsletter editor George Epstein into the organization's hall of fame.
His courses on plastics composites and adhesives began in the 1950s at the University of California, Los Angeles and were recognized as the first of their kind in the world. He also has lectured at seven centers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Epstein was a focal point both for instituting an Air Force program that led to use of advanced composites in 80 percent of global-positioning-system structures and creating an Air Force manufacturing problem prevention program. He held positions with the Aerospace Corp. from 1966-1991.
The materials guru is a fellow of both the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, a past president of SPE's Southern California chapter and a past vice president of SAMPE. He also has received man-of-the-year recognition from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s western region.
Regarding the hall of fame, Epstein said: “I am indeed much honored to receive this recognition from my peers.”
Epstein lives in Los Angeles.
Vishu Shah officiated at the Aug. 12 induction ceremony during a Western Plastics Pioneers' luncheon in Buena Park, Calif. The plastics industry in the West started the hall of fame in 1978; to date it has inducted 58 individuals.