Anthony Neubauer, fellow of Dow Chemical Co., was nominated by the Extrusion Division for his expertise in the co-rotating and counter-rotating twin screw mixers and extruders, gear pumps, melt filtration technology and pelletizer die design. He invented and commercialized melt filtration technology to disperse and distribute high molecular weight gels to acceptable levels, with negligible pressure rise with time. He also developed technologies to improve the properties of polyethylene film and pipe. He is the lead engineer for a patented twin-screw extrusion process called Bluewave, that produces aqueous polyolefin dispersions used in the packaging, carpet, coatings and personal care industries.
Masahiro Ohshima of Kyoto University in Japan, was nominated by the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division, for his research in the fields of foam processing and supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted polymer processing. According to SPE, Ohshima was the first person to experimentally prove the existence of an influence region surrounding a nucleated bubble, using a high-speed video, than correlating the results to foam nucleation and growth models in microcellular plastics using environmentally save blowing agents, like carbon dioxide. His recent work focuses on nanocomposite and nanocellular foams.
Irvin Poston, former head of General Motors Co.'s technical center, was nominated by the Detroit Section for his groundbreaking accomplishments to bring plastics into automotive, for body panels and structural applications, among others. Poston developed processes and materials for sheet molding compound, leading to applications such as front supports, doors and body panels. He also developed thermosetting polyurethane for bumper fascia and a reaction injection molding process to make fenders for the SportOmega in 1981, which lead to future fascia and exterior trim applications made by RIM.
Ashkisk Sukhadia, general manager of polyethylene applications for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP, was nominated by the Engineering Properties and Structure Division, recognizing his major contributions on the processing engineering and structure property behavior of PE materials. In one blown film development, he used bubble kinematics to scale up the processing structure-property analysis of film production, so that small-scale studies could be expanded to full-scale commercial production.
Sassan Tarahomi, advanced engineering manager for materials at International Automotive Components Group, was nominated by the Detroit Section, for his contribution to the packaging and automotive industries. He designed and commercialized a new tooling technology that is widely used in packaging that involves the manufacturing of small caps and enclosures, used in the production of child-proof, tamper-evident and tamper-proof closures and caps for the pharmaceutical industry. In automotive, he invented and let engineering and design for the 2002 Ford Thunderbird's removable hard top. Tarahomi also developed an energy-absorbing system for vehicle front and read fascia to absorb head-on and read-end low-speed collisions, without the need to replace the components.