The Cleveland Section would like to recognize our two longest standing members – Dr Eric Baer and Mr. Nick Hotujac – both of whom joined the SPE in the 1950’s, before most of our members were born!
Dr. Eric Baer is the Distinguished University Professor of the Center of Layered Polymeric Systems at Case Western University. In addition, Dr.Baer has advised many top polymer scientists. Dr. Baer joined the SPE to gain applied knowledge and professional development and he recommends the SPE for all plastics professionals as “it is a wonderful platform for networking with colleagues in the U.S. and around the world.”
Mr. Nick Hotujac is owner and founder of Kennick Mold and Die Inc of Cleveland OH. The firm was founded in 1956 and Mr. Hotujac became the sole owner in 1970. Mr. Hotujac served in the Marines in WWII and studied mechanical drawing and mechanical design at East High School in Cleveland. He served as an SPE board member for many years and found it to be a very positive experience. Mr. Hotujac joined the SPE as his business grew, partly to learn more about mold making and to develop both technical and commercial contacts – “you never know where or when an SPE colleague will be able to help you, or you will be able to help them”.
Please congratulate both of these gentlemen for their long and successful careers and best of luck to them and their families.
Bryan K. Smith Director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate
Bryan K. Smith is director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He assumed this position in 2011 and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the space missions assigned to the center with an annual budget of approximately $425 million.
Glenn is engaged in research, technology and flight systems development in support of the nation’s space propulsion, space power, space communications, microgravity sciences and materials development programs.
Prior to this appointment, Smith served as chief of Glenn’s Systems Engineering and Analysis Division, which provides systems engineering expertise for Glenn projects, and Chief Engineer for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, which provides independent testing and analysis of NASA’s high-risk projects.
Next Meeting: March 9, 2020
3180 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44333
New Member – first meeting Free
Reservations must be in by noon on Fri., March 6 and can be made to Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your company affiliation and dietary restrictions.
Detectable Plastic and Rubber, Food Contamination Control
February Program Recap
John Collins joined Eriez Magnetics in 2005 as Manager of the PolyMagqbusiness and was the Plastics & Rubber Industry Market Manger. John is now focused solely on PolyMagqAdditives which impart Metal Detectability, Magnetic Susceptibility and X-Ray contrast into polymers, used by food processors worldwide, to prevent plastic contaminated foods from entering the marketplace.
New SPE Student Chapter at Case Western Reserve University
The Cleveland section is pleased to announce that we now have an official student chapter – the Case Western Reserve University student chapter of SPE. As of late January, the students have established their chapter and have completed all the necessary paperwork and registration with the National organization and have a governing body.
Student leaders consists of Alison Kennedy (Chapter President) and Nathan McMullen (Student Organization Liaison and Communications Chair). The Cleveland Section plans to host a speaker at a student meeting yet this season.
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
February 10, 2020
Crist, Keely, Sovis, Meade, Potter and Raleigh
Section is currently in the black, but that can change based on upcoming income and expenses
Final quarter pass-through from National is expected yet this season
2020-2021 budget is beginning to take shape, with new income needed to replace income from CAD event last Fall
Counselor – no report
Membership – reported provided prior to meeting
House – venue for dinner for April Smart Shape tour in planning
Craig and Guojun have reached out to the two most senior members of SPE-Cleveland for brief interviews via emails. They will write an article regarding these two members in the March edition of the Newsletter to encourage more professionals to join SPE.
Technical Programs –
POLY-MAG 2-10-20. G Zhang or our technical program chair to introduce the speaker
SMART-SHAPE 4-13-20 Brittany has confirmed the tour date
Steve Blazey of LyondellBasell will speak at the CASE event on 4-10-20.
Members agreed to donate $100 towards food that will be served after the event.
Case student chapter has been successfully set-up.
Last year’s scholarship winner will be encouraged to apply for this year’s award
Sovis and Meade proposed that Cleveland section support two Plastivan events (Science Center and Twinsburg schools) yet this season. Board will make a decision on this proposal during Feb 17 conf call
Board to consider new date for May awards dinner to better coincide with recipient’s availability, in order to receive award
2020 NE Ohio Science Fair to be held March 10, 2020 with Mede and Raleigh attending
Division Topcon support –
Meade is in touch with Injection Molding Div regarding our support for their Nov 5-6,2020 Topcon in Cleveland.
Venue and dates have been set with National to handle registration
Questions regarding theme, section support, sponsors and papers needed as well as financial terms for our section remain to be answered
Remaining Business –
Board Member Terms. Board Member election – spring 2020