Friday Features - May 23, 2014

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Friday Features
May 23, 2014

Student News

Students present at nation's largest plastics processing technology conference

Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville students attended the Society of Plastics Engineers’ American National Technical Exhibition and Conference 2014, and presented three papers and a poster in the conference.

ANTEC was held in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 28-30. It is the largest scientific conference in the United States dedicated specifically to the plastics and plastics processing technology.  More than 2,000 scientists, engineers, managers and students from all over the world including China, India, England, Germany, Canada, South America and the Middle East, attended the conference and presented hundreds of technical presentations in 40 different areas of plastics research, advance materials and material evaluation and applications.  The National Plastics Exhibition hosted more than 100 exhibitors and gave the participants demonstration and training of the latest and most advanced materials, processing and testing equipment offered around the world.

“In today’s global environment and international business, an understanding of the diverse social and cultural values is an important educational lesson, which has been expressed and emphasized by politicians, experts and businesses nationally and locally,” said Dr. Majid Tabrizi, UW-Platteville industrial studies professor. “The participation of students in such an advanced technical conference and interaction with some of the most intelligent scientists, engineers and students of different countries has a profound effect in their understanding of the education.  The participation in the ‘Student Speed Interview Section’ provided the students with an access to the world market. Over half of the students who participated have been offered a job or internship in their field in some on the largest and most advanced corporations.”

Students who attended the conference were Teng Yang, an industrial technology management major from Oshkosh, Wis.; Bryce Blackbourn, an industrial technology management major from Shullsburg, Wis.; David Davis, an industrial technology management major from Saukville, Wis.; Andrew Hornick, an industrial technology management major from Bartlett, Ill.; Terrance Perfect, an industrial technology management major from Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Chia Kong, an industrial technology management major from Oshkosh, Wis.; and Kevon Tabrizi, a biology major with a plastics minor from Platteville. Dr. Majid Tabrizi accompanied the students. Dr. Majid Tabrizi, Kevon Tabrizi, Blackbourn, Yang and Kong presented their papers at the conference and participated in the poster session.

“Students have realized that U.S. manufacturing today is a part of the global community,” said Dr. Majid Tabrizi. “They had the chance to attend presentations on a wide variety of topics, gain international exposure and network with the presidents and managers of many companies from around the country and around the world.”

During the conference, the UW-Platteville plastics program was notified of their nomination to receive $35,000, donated by the Society of Plastics Engineers. 

Photo: UW-Platteville students are pictured with former president of the Society of Plastics Engineers-Milwaukee, Wayne Vander Zanden.

Students awarded UW-Extension Ideadvance entrepreneurial grants

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and its partners have selected 12 UW faculty, staff, students and affiliated companies to receive up to $25,000 each through the Ideadvance Seed Fund, including two University of Wisconsin-Platteville students. The UW-Platteville awardees are HealthPet, led by Jonathan Geissler and Paddle-Kicker, led by Ashton Brusca. The grants also include business mentoring to help awardees develop a strategic business model for ideas and technologies generated at UW campuses. UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) created the $2 million seed fund, which launched in February. Read more about the Ideadvance Seed Fund on the UW-Extension website.

Campus News

Toastmasters International club to debut at UW-Platteville

A Toastmasters International club is forming at UW-Platteville. Toastmasters International is a global organization dedicated to communication and leadership development. Members focus on improving their speaking and leadership skills.

A Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting, open to faculty, staff and students, will take place Thursday, May 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in 136 Doudna. At the demo meeting, participants will see a Toastmasters meeting in action, learn about the self-development opportunities membership can provide and speak with Toastmasters members from across Wisconsin about how they have benefited from membership.

Questions about the meeting or Toastmasters International can be directed to Stephanie Dolejsi, club sponsor, at


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