Society of Plastics Engineers / Cleveland Section
VOL 65 NO 1
Doug Biela, Market Manager, Rotational Molding from NOVA Chemicals will provide the presentation and the evening is hosted by the Akron Section.
The presentation by NOVA Chemicals will include an overview of the production of polyethylene from raw materials through conversion and will cover how NOVA Chemicals is leveraging their resources to promote sustainability and support the plastics circular economy. The company recently announced enhanced long-term sustainability commitments, furthering their mission to be the leader in innovation that enables its customers to deliver plastic products that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer.
Doug Biela is the Rotational Molding Market Manager for NOVA Chemicals, a leading producer of polyethylene in North America. In his 20-year career in the petrochemical industry, Doug has held a variety of operational and commercials roles including Operations Leader and Commercial Support Team Leader. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Doug lives with his wife and children in the Pittsburgh area.
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn3180 W Market St
5:30 pm arrival/networking
6:00 pm dinner
6:30 pm dinner
7:30 pm program
New Member – first meeting Free
Please submit your reservation by noon on Friday, Sept. 6 to email@example.com or call Gary Taylor at 330-419-4380. Be sure to include the company affiliation of each attendee including dietary restrictions.
Cleveland SPE Members,
As a major industry in the world, there are many on-going challenges for the Plastic industry. For the industry to survive and thrive, the industry relies on every member of SPE. As one of SPE’s local chapters, the Cleveland division is planning a very exciting upcoming season. In addition, the Section will be involved with several regional and national events in the
coming two years.
It’s my honor to serve as the Section President for the 2019-2020 season. I am looking forward to seeing you at our local events and hope that I can depend on your support.
Dr. Zhang received his PhD degree in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in 2014. He then joined A. Schulman as an R/D engineer in September, 2014. As of August 2018, A.Schulman became part of LyondellBasell and Dr. Zhang now works as a product application development engineer in masterbatch solutions in the APS (Advanced Polymer Solution) segment at Lyondellbasell. Dr. Zhang joined the SPE in 2012 and joined the Cleveland board in 2016.
1st Place Winner: Stephen Sun, Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, OH.
“Polymer Based Modification on Peristaltic Locomotion of a Modular Mesh-based Robot”.
2nd Place Winner: Carly Justice, Firestone High School in Akron, OH.
“Recycling Plastics in Lightweight Concrete: Reducing Global Waste”.
3rd Place Winner: Charles Pafford, Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, OH.
“Materials and Design Optimization for Fused Deposition Modeling Application of Vehicle Suspension Parts.”
2019/2020 SPE Scholarship Winner – Teegan Smith
Shawnee State College in Portsmouth Ohio, Associates Degree in Plastics Engineering and Computer Aided Design.
In Attendance (all via teleconference):
D. Crist (House), J.Sovis (Treasurer), B. Opalko (Secretary), D. Meade (President, Education), R. Raleigh (Past President, Awards), J. Blayne (Councilor), G. Zhang, R. Keeley (Programs), T. Waddle
Officers for 2019/2020:
Sovis routed the report prior to the meeting, and members approved it. Members are concerned about the finances in the future, and there was agreement that if the future events of CAD and RETEC do not bring in enough funds that PlastiVan funding may be eliminated. Members were reminded that the Councilor must attend 2 meetings in person per year.
Members agreed to pay out the award money to students that did not attend the Awards Dinner, but the members also agreed to consider requiring attendance in the future to receive the award money.
At the recent career counseling event at CASE, 9 students attended with 3 of them provided feedback to R. Raleigh in appreciation.
Members agreed that it would good to get another speaker from industry to speak at CASE in the Fall/Winter time period.
Potter and J. Blayne will attend the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) event at CASE on 6-14-19. Industry representatives will be there, and it will be a good networking event for the students. The CLE section will have a booth.
Keeley routed the 2019-2020 event calendar prior to the meeting. There is still interest in a Sherwin-Williams tour, and we need to get a firm date from M. Ghosh.
The Extrusion Minitec will be in October 2020. J. Blayne emailed C. Martin concerning this event, with no response so far. CASE is interested in hosting the conference, with Dr. Gary Wnek as the new contact (although Dr. Maia will be kept in the loop).
The Injection Molding Div. Minitec with be November 10-12, 2020. D. Meade has contacted 7 venues, and has received 3 bids. He will forward these onto the IM Div.
Mulholland, a well-respected industry veteran in the world of color, would like to have a PlastiVan event with a CLE high school in coordination with the Color and Appearance Division RETEC (Sept. 23-25, 2019). The CAD will fund the PlastiVan, but we need to find a participating high school.
Crist (House), J.Sovis (Treasurer), B. Opalko (Secretary), D. Meade (President, Education), R. Raleigh (Awards), J. Blayne (Councilor), R. Keeley (Programs), C. Potter (Communications), T. Waddle
Sovis distributed the financial report, noting that Bond #1 comes due on 7-22-19, with the best current rate of 2.2%. Members discussed liquidity, etc. and agreed to re-invest the bond. Members approved the report.
Sovis distributed the 2019-2020 Budget. J. Sovis estimated that 12 people will attend the CAD Conf., and we will realize a rebate on this. There was some discussion about the national SPE approving the section charging members of the section an extra $5 in addition to the current $10/yr. on dues. National has been requested to approve the change. Some edits to the budget:
We need to put in the CASE event.
We should combine the Misc. Expense and Board Mtg. rental to be $100.
Members approved the edited budget.
Our existing Web Designer is still in on board with us and his fee will remain the same. He offered improvements to the website and newsletter. M. Ghosh needs to provide an update on social media exposure. Members approved increasing the advertising rate by $10 for each sponsorship level.
Councilor: no report
House: no report
Nie to step aside, T. Waddle to assume leadership of the committee. We need to personally sell the value of CLE Section of the SPE to leaders of local companies. In addition, MAPP may have siphoned off potential members.
Ohio University is sending 20 Student Ambassadors to contact the CLE Section on Sept. 15-17th. These are the top engineering students at the school.
Members noted that the Board Chair for Programs should be the President for 2020-2021.
Members agreed that, in the future, we should ask the tour host to sponsor the meal.
Extrusion Mini-Tec (October 2020):
Dr. Schiraldi is our contact at CASE. Charlie Martin agrees with the CASE tie-in for this event. CASE would like this to be a 2 –Day event, with a full day devoted to their R&D efforts.
Injection Molding Conference (November 2020):
No established program yet, and we need to get this started. Venue has not been chosen. J. Blayne will contact S. Montgomery.
CAD RETEC (September 2019):
Mulholland wants us to find a local school for the Plastivan, and tie this into the RETEC. D. Meade will contact Lake Ridge Academy about this. Plan B will be Beachwood High School, G. Zhang will contact them.
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