Schaumburg, Ill. — Three college students picked up scholarships at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Thermoforming Conference in Schaumburg, held Sept. 26-28.
The SPE Thermoforming division announced these scholarships:
Vincent Chee, a senior at Rutgers University, received a Memorial Scholarship. He plans to graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in applied sciences engineering, with a concentration in packaging.
As a co-op at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Chee has supported new product launches and strategic initiatives. During the summer of 2015, he interned with Mondelez International Inc., a snack food company. He is trying to increase PET bottle recycling at Rutgers.
Chee plans to get a master's degree in plastics engineering.
Austin Howard, a sophomore at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., earned a Memorial Scholarship. He is studying mechanical engineering. His first exposure to thermoforming was interning at Vantage Plastics Inc. in Standish, Wis., during his senior year of high school. His primary duties was to assist the design of thermoformed products, as well as extruding raw material.
He is a member of SPE and leads Kettering's thermoforming team.
Currently, Howard is an intern at Nexteer Automotive Corp. in Saginaw, Mich.
Logan Tate, a student in Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., won the Bill Benjamin Scholarship. He is not a typical undergraduate student, having earned a bachelor's degree in physics last year from Lock Haven University.
At Penn College, Tate is the SPE student chapter president. He is employed by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.
Tate expects to graduate in 2018, and hopes to become a leader in the plastics industry.