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BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 24, 2016: During the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2016, SPE will honor the newest Fellows of the Society—members who have made outstanding contributions in plastics science, engineering, or management.

ANTEC 2016, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, will take place May 23-25 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Candidates for the Fellows honor must be sponsored by an SPE Division or Special Interest Group. The SPE Fellows Election Committee considers eligible candidates on the basis of a personal history as well as written sponsorships from two SPE members. Only 321 members, counting the newest inductees, have been elected Fellows since the honor was established in 1984.

Biographical details on the award recipients appear in the attached document. Photos can be downloaded from

The honorees are:

---Dr. Rong-Yeu Chang, chairman and CEO of CoreTech System (Moldex3D) Co. Ltd.

---Dr. Bharat Chaudhary, principal research scientist at The Dow Chemical Company.

---Dr. Stéphane Costeux, R&D fellow at The Dow Chemical Company.

---Tom Dunn, managing director, Flexpacknology, LLC.

---Dr. Mridula Kapur, materials science fellow at The Dow Chemical Company.

---Dr. Masaya Kotaki, general manager of Kaneka US Material Research Center.

---Dr. David Kusuma, VP product development and worldwide R&D at Tupperware Brands.

---Dr. Stephen McCarthy, distinguished professor, University of Massachusetts—Lowell.

---Roger Reinicker, now a consultant after a 41-year career at BASF Corp.

---Dr. Luyi Sun, president of the Chinese American Society of Plastics Engineers.

---Dr. Costas Tzoganakis, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo.

---Dr. Karen Xiao, extrusion technology leader, Celgard, LLC.

Prospective ANTEC attendees can register online at


SPE’s Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC®) is the largest, most-respected, and well-known technical conference in the plastics industry globally. For over 70 years, ANTEC has successfully expanded from U.S. into Europe, India, and the Middle East with further expansion to global locations in 2015 and beyond. Each event features technical and business presentations on new and evolving technologies, panel discussions, as well as tutorial sessions. Networking events and student functions provide attendees with ample networking opportunities with experts from the largest industry segments.

SPE is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help individuals involved with the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 70 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among all plastics professionals, including scientists, engineers, and sales, management, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics. For more information, please visit