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NSF grant to boost partnership for plastics industry

Tim A. Osswald

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Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng

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Led in part by the Polymer Engineering Center, the state's plastics industry will benefit from a $600,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help enhance sustainable economic growth. The grant, aimed at fostering partnerships between university researchers and industry, will be led by the UW Polymer Engineering Center and the Wisconsin E-Business Institute. They will work with the state, other University of Wisconsin System campuses, the state's technical colleges, and the state's plastics manufacturing industry.

At a time when original equipment manufacturers are increasingly outsourcing to suppliers in foreign countries, the grant is designed to help Wisconsin increase its competitive advantage in global markets.

Wisconsin ranks 10th in the nation for employment in the plastics industry, totaling more than 53,500 jobs, and 12th in the nation for plastics shipments, totaling $9.9 billion in 2001.

Professor Tim Osswald and Assistant Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng serve as co-directors of the Polymer Engineering Center, which will lead the department's efforts as part of the grant. Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Raj Veeramani, director of the Wisconsin E-Business Institute and a faculty affiliate in the department, will also help lead the effort.

The grant, from NSF's Partnership for Innovation Program, will be used for research, education and outreach activities to drive innovative plastics product development, foster collaborative innovation networks through e-business, and enhance industrial competitiveness through technology transfer of new polymer materials, processes and tools.

 


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