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New polymer engineering center holds industry consortium conference

September 2001 EPIC/PEC conference

Prospective consortium members and industry leaders from as far away as Japan gathered on the engineering campus in late September to learn about the new Engineering Polymer Industrial Consortium (EPIC), a university-industry-government collaboration to advance knowledge of polymer engineering and processing. This consortium provides a formal means for the Polymer Engineering Center (PEC) and its industrial collaborators to develop a research agenda, share expertise and resources, validate research outcomes, educate a preeminent workforce, and facilitate two-way transfer of technology.

Professor Tim Osswald, PEC Director, and Assistant Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng, Associate Director, hosted the group of about 40 prospective members, who heard presentations by experts on technology transfer, university-industry relations, and polymer research at UW-Madison. "The meeting provided us an excellent opportunity for us to hear first-hand feedback about research going on in the consortium," said Turng. "The EPIC faculty was able to interact with current and prospective consortium members. We're looking forward to the growth of the consortium, and we urge companies involved in polymer design and manufacture to contact us."

Now 10 faculty members comprise the Polymer Engineering Center at UW-Madison. Their expertise and research interests include traditional, composites to "smart" materials for sensors, conventional to innovative processes, rheology and viscoelasticity, DOE and quality control, process monitoring and automation, CAD/CAE/CAM, geometric modeling and rapid prototyping, polymer films and nanofabrication, as well as advanced modeling, simulation and Internet-based tools for design and manufacturing. These efforts have collectively advanced the understanding and technology of a wide range of polymer and polymeric composite manufacturing processes.

For more information on EPIC and PEC, visit EPIC or PEC, or contact Osswald (608/263-9538, or Turng (608/262-0586,


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