By Liz Crumbley
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 07 - October 8, 1998
The Virginia Tech Polymer Materials and Interfaces Laboratory (PMIL) held its 20th Anniversary Industrial Affiliates Review September 20-22, with more than 70 industry representatives attending to learn about current polymer research and education initiatives at the university and opportunities for research and industry interaction.
Among the 50 industries participating in the review were AlliedSignal, Arco Chemical, Ashland Chemical, Bayer, Boise Cascade, Cookson Fibers, Dow Chemical, Dupont, Eastman Chemical, Eastman Kodak, Exxon Chemical, F&S Inc., Hercules, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Michelin, Phillips Petroleum, Proctor & Gamble, Shell Development, and 3M.
PMIL is an inter-disciplinary research center with 23 faculty members and 116 graduate students working out of six departments--chemical engineering, chemistry, engineering science and mechanics, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and wood science and forest products.
Founded in 1978 by professors Garth Wilkes of chemical engineering and James McGrath of chemistry, PMIL has become one of the largest and most productive polymer-materials research centers in the world.