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polymer composites by increasingdispersion and interactions with thepolymer matrix," says Inglefield. "Intheir native form, carbon nanotubesdon't interact well with organicgroups on most polymers. However,I've been able to introduce function-ality through the acid oxidation ofthe pristine nanotubes, increasing dis-persion in the polymer matrix. I'vealso worked on the functionalizingnanotubes with metal nanoparticles,which increase conductivity andimprove their function in specializedelectronic applications. Carbon nan-otubes can also be aligned in a mag-netic field for anisotropic conductivi-ty in polymer matrices via magneticnanoparticles. I'm investigating acombination of these techniques forenhanced conductivity at low load-ings for specialty electronics applica-tions to preserve polymer propertiesthat otherwise can be negativelyaffected by high reinforcement load-ings."David Inglefield holds a BS in bio-chemistry from Virginia Tech. Sincegraduating in 2009, he has worked asa graduate research assistant under hisundergraduate and graduate researchadvisor, Dr. Timothy E. Long,pro-fessor of chemistry and associate deanof Strategic Initiatives, Department ofChemistry, College of Science atVirginia Tech..DME Company,Madison Heights,Michigan, USA, a manufacturer ofmold technologies, has announcedthat three students enrolled in plas-tics-related studies have been selectedto receive $1000 scholarships: KevinBackoeferof Penn State Erie, TheBehrend College, majoring in plasticsengineering technology; DeanMarinchekof Shawnee StateUniversity, majoring in plastics engi-neering technology; and BrianRupnow of the University ofWisconsin-Stout, majoring in plasticsengineering, manufacturing engineer-ing "DME is committed to advancingtraining and education within theplastics industry," says DME presi-dent Dave Lawrence. "Our scholar-ship program is designed to enhanceeducation in plastics-related fields.We are excited to reward these excep-tional students with scholarships toenhance their education and thefuture plastics industry workforce."DME has awarded more than 20scholarships and grants totaling morethan $20,000 in the past three yearsas part of its Plastics University pro-gram. More information, includingdetails about future scholarships, isavailable at www.dme.net/education..The Materials Research Laboratory(MRL) at the University ofCalifornia-Santa Barbara(UCSB)has received nearly $20 million inrenewed support from the U.S.National Science Foundation(NSF)to carry out distinctive research andeducation programs over the next sixyears. The NSF's Materials ResearchScience and Engineering Centers(MRSEC) are a flagship program thatsupports a national network of cen-ters of excellence in materialsresearch. "We are delighted with therenewal, which recognizes ourachievements in research and educa-tion. This could not have come aboutwithout the dedicated participationof students, staff, and faculty," saysCraig Hawker, director of the MRL.The announcement coincides withthe 20th anniversary of MRL's launchat UCSB, which has been continu-ously supported by the NSF since1992. UCSB says, "The NSF supportwill advance MRL research in materi-als that could result in new paradigmsfor energy-efficient microelectronics,and for the creation of adhesives andcoatings inspired by marine bio-organisms. A third research focus ison magnetic and thermoelectricnanomaterials, or highly efficientheat-conducting materials that couldbe used in the next generation ofrenewable energy technology."Further, the MRL encourages K-12www.4spe.org | OCTOBER 2011 | PLASTICS ENGINEERING |33George W. Thorne1924-2011George W. Thorne, who served asSPE President in 1991-1992, diedon August 14, 2011, in Florida. Amember of SPE since 1964, Mr.Thorne served as South FloridaSection President in 1982-83 and asVice Chairperson of SPE's 1982NATEC (National TechnicalConference). He was Chairperson ofthe InternationalCommittee from1985 to 1989,and joined theSPE ExecutiveCommittee in1986; he wouldsubsequently holdthe positions ofSociety Treasurer(1987-88),Second Vice President (1988-89),First Vice President (1989-90), andPresident-elect (1990-91) prior tohis elevation to the Presidency.A gregarious and affable gentle-man, George Thorne was born inLondon, England, on March 2,1924. At the age of 14, he began hiscareer in plastics as an apprenticetoolmaker. During World War II in1942, he entered the British RoyalAir Force and served in the Bomberand Coastal Command.Mr. Thorne joined IndustrialPlastic Products in Miami Lakes,Florida, in 1973, and became thecompany's president. During hiscareer, he installed plastic-manufac-turing equipment and trained techni-cians throughout the world-inNorth America, South America, Asia,and Africa. He was also active inmanagement and consulting inEngland, Argentina, India, andMexico. Mr. Thorne sold IndustrialPlastic Products in 2006.In addition to his decades-longmembership in SPE, Mr. Thorne wasa member of the Plastics Pioneersand the Plastics Academy of America.George W. Thorne is survived byhis wife Veronika and his daughtersTatiana Grotendorst and ValerieHediger and their families.

and undergraduate education"through innovative programs aimedat students, teachers, and juniorresearchers that have served as modelsboth nationally and internationally.Teacher-training programs housed atthe MRL prepare educators to teachabout science and engineering, foster-ing curriculum design delivered tolocal classrooms." www.mrl.ucsb.edu..Dow Solar,a business unit of TheDow Chemical Company,has beenawarded a $12.8-million, three-yeargrant-as part of the SunShot initia-tive of the U.S. Department ofEnergy(DOE)-to fund a programto dramatically reduce the cost ofbuilding integrated (BIPV) solarproducts. The program's goal is toensure that solar power is a viablesource for the U.S.'s power needs andeconomic growth, and acceleratewidespread solar adoption, Dow says,adding, "The DOE grant will helpfund a $22.4 million program thatbrings together leaders from across theentire solar value chain, includingsolar solutions providers, national lab-oratories, universities, leading elec-tronics companies and national homebuilders to create a new solar technol-ogy that reduces total installationcosts and provide reliable, low-costsolar energy to residential consumers.""We are confident that theDepartment of Energy's support ofour proposal to use a holisticapproach targeting all key pointsalong the solar energy value chainwill enable transformational systemcost reduction for BIPV. This pro-gram has the potential to makerenewable solar energy much morecost effective and significantlyincrease adoption rates," says DaveParrillo, director of Research &Development, Dow Solar. "There istremendous potential to increase theutilization of BIPV by incorporatingsolar functionality directly into abuilding material. The DOE grantprovides essential funding to furtherreduce barriers in solar adoption byfocusing on the entire value chain."In response to the DOE's FundingOpportunity Announcement,"Extreme Balance of SystemHardware Cost Reductions," DowSolar says, it assembled a team of34| PLASTICS ENGINEERING | OCTOBER 2011 | www.4spe.orgindustryNEWS and NOTESCONTINUEDPublished By John Wiley & Sons Plastics Engineering offers many exciting print and online advertising opportunities to connect directly with your target audience. Plastics Engineering magazine and PlasticsEngineering.org present an unparalleled and exclusive opportunity for you to market and sell to the top people in the global plastics industry. Plastics Engineering magazine has a circulation base of 34,000 people in 80 countries who share a common passion: plastics.Some of our advertising options include:??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????www.plasticsengineering.org??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????www.plasticsengineering.orgDiscover the Latest News in the Plastics Industry.ADVERTISE IN Plastics EngineeringSOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS