SPE announces ACCE scholarship winners

Two students will receive $2,000 each at this year's Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition, Sept. 15-16 near Detroit.

Two graduate students will each receive a $2,000 (USD) scholarship check from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive and Composites Divisions at this year's SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), September 15-16. The scholarships will help underwrite research in composites for ground transportation.

Gregorio Manuel Vélez-García, originally from Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.), and Zeba Farheen Abdul Samad, originally from India and a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (Urbana, Ill.), were selected from the pool of qualified applicants by SPE ACCE committee members and will report the results of their findings during next year’s tenth-annual SPE ACCE. 

Vélez-Garcia will use his scholarship for development work on a new method for predicting fiber orientation in fiber-reinforced, injection-molded thermoplastics, while Abdul Samad will use her scholarship to continue her work on aromatic thermosetting copolyester (ATCP) / carbon fiber composites.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the automotive composites industry. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America and who represent transportation OEMs and tier suppliers; composite materials, processing equipment, additives, and reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers.

For more information about the SPE ACCE, visit the Composites’ Division website at www.4spe.org/communities/divisions/d39.php, or the Automotive Division’s website at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm , or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.