To further our mission of education and outreach in polymer science, APTEC announces a new designation, APTEC Ambassador. Ambassadors are chosen for exceptional abilities to communicate to general and scientific audiences some combination of top-flight research, service to the community, or teaching.
Our first APTEC Ambassador is Tianyi Yu of Louisiana State University. On FRIDAY, 08 NOV 2019, Tianyi gave a Polymer Communication Seminar at Georgia Tech. As she won “Best Oral Presentation” at the 2019 APTEC Student-led Meeting, LSU and APTEC were clearly well represented.
Another aspect of our mission to educate students and link academic expertise to industry needs is the APTEC Research Fellow. Research Fellows perform research that is directly useful to industrial clients and is usually funded by grants from industry. In this way, students apply their research skills to science in an industrial setting while answering questions for industry in a cost effective manner.
APTEC's first two Research Fellows, sponsored by SEKISUI are Dylan Gilbert and Aliyah Dalier, both of Southeastern Louisiana University. Their research uses a single capillary viscometer to measure viscosity of polyvinyl alcohol in various solvents, to obtain hydrodynamic volume and determine which solvents are better for these polymers. This work was presented at the 2019 APTEC Student-led Meeting and as the work proceeds, a presentation is planned for the 94th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences.