PCI Awards 2015–16 Scholarships

The PC Symposium, presented by PCI and the Powder Coating Research Group, offered in-depth presentations and panel discussions.

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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), based in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, named its 2015–16 scholarship recipients and recognized the worthy students at the PC Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. The PC Symposium, presented by PCI and the Powder Coating Research Group, offered in-depth presentations and panel discussions led by top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes and an array of industry engineers and formulators. The scholarship recipients participated in the symposium to grow their connections for the future.

PCI’s Materials Technology Committee administers the scholarship program and works with PCI staff to promote and solicit scholarship applications from students and educational institutions. The scholarship fund continues to grow and attract bright new talent to the industrial coatings technologies, including polymer science, manufacturing and engineering. The PCI 2015–16 Scholarship Program awarded $10,000 collectively.

The following students were awarded scholarships this year: Ozlem Kubra Akdogan is a polymer engineer currently pursuing her master’s degree in polymers and coatings at Eastern Michigan University. Atman Fozdar holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indus University in Ahmedabad, India. He’s currently pursuing his master’s in polymers and coatings technology at Eastern Michigan University, where he is president of the Polymers and Coatings Advanced Materials Club, which provides a networking platform for students to connect with professors, industry leaders and experts. The third recipient, Milena María Garay Tovar, is a chemist with specialized training in material design and ten years’ experience in quality management and R&D of coatings and polymers at Colombian industry. Tovar holds a Master of Science in polymers and coatings technology and is a current student at Eastern Michigan University.

The Powder Coating Institute established a scholarship fund for students pursuing studies in powder coating technology. These scholarships are awarded annually to deserving student researchers. The criteria for the awards include: relevance to powder coating technology, comprehensiveness of the university program, future goals, unique qualifications and a letter of recommendation from an adviser. 

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