TRFA Announces Winner of Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award
The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) has announced that Krishna C. Etika of Texas A & M University's College of Engineering is the winner of its first Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award. Etika, who is a doctoral candidate in the university's Materials Science and Engineering Program, submitted "Utilization of Clay-Carbon Nanoparticle Synergy for Enhancing Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Composites." Formal presentation of the award will be at TRFA's 2010 Annual Meeting September 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas.
TRFA initiated the award for student researchers to encourage and recognize advances in the science & engineering of thermosetting polymers. In addition, the association believes the award can provide the recipient with visibility and exposure in the industry. The annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award consists of: a $500 cash award and an award plaque; an invitation to present the paper at the TRFA annual meeting with complimentary registration; a one-night accommodation for the winning student at the TRFA meeting's hotel/venue (valued @ ~$200) with an additional travel allowance of up to $500; and posting of the winning paper on TRFA's website.
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