Phil Coats, a professor of the University of Bradford and director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Polymer Science & Technology, will receive the Society of Plastics Engineers' International Award at Antec 2018.
Bethel, Conn.-based SPE also announced that John Beaumont has won the Fred Schwab Education Award. Rajen Patel was named the Research/Engineering Technology award winner.
Antec will be held May 7-10, in conjunction with NPE2018 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center. SPE will honor its award recipients during the Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 6 in the Linda Chapin Auditorium at the convention center.
The International Award is SPE's top annual award, presented to honor a person's lifetime achievement. The award is sponsored by SPE's Detroit Section and the Automotive division.
Coates is a physics graduate of Imperial College in London. His PhD thesis was on solid phase deformation processing of polymers. At Antec, Coates will give the plenary speech on May 10, titled “Controlled Structuring of Polymers by Processing: Science, Technology and Applications.
The Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Polymer Science & Technology internationally known. It links research at the universities of Leeds, Bradford, Durham and Sheffield, England.
Coates is also director of the MeDe Innovation, the Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices under the UK's Engineering and Physical Research Council. He also directs a government-sponsored collaboration between the United Kingdom and China. He holds 12 patents, has published more than 300 papers in scientific journals and co-authored nine books.