2016 Thermoforming Scholarship Recipients

Current Winners

VincentChee_2016ScholarWinnerThe Thermoforming Division Memorial Scholarship

Vincent Chee, Rutgers University

Vincent Chee, from Queens, NY, is currently a senior at Rutgers University. He is planning to graduate in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences Engineering with a concentration in Packaging.

As a packaging engineering co-op at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a major producer of medicines, Vincent has been supporting new product launches and strategic initiatives through the execution of cold chain solutions and package material evaluation.

In the past, Vincent has collaborated with major suppliers of plastic on a variety of productivity and quality improvement projects. During the summer of 2015, Vincent interned with Mondelez International, one of the world’s largest snacks companies. He learned the critical attributes of flexible films that affected a product’s shelf life and package integrity.

Vincent is actively looking for opportunities to increase the rate of PET bottle recycling within his school campus. He has completed a thesis on “Reducing Packaging Waste at PepsiCo” and has given a presentation at Rutgers University in 2014. He is a member of the SPE and NIPHLE. Vincent wants to continue his education by earning a Master’s Degree in plastics engineering. In the future, he hopes to be part an organization that is focused on sustainable material sourcing. Aside from school, internships, and plastic interests, Vincent enjoys cycling and playing badminton.


AustinHoward-2016ScholarWinnerThe Thermoforming Division Memorial Scholarship

Austin Howard, Kettering University

Austin Howard grew up in Alger, MI. Now a sophomore at Kettering University in Flint, MI, Austin is studying Mechanical Engineering. His first experience in the thermoforming industry was at a Vantage Plastics in Standish, MI, where he interned during his senior year of high school. His primary duty was to assist the engineering design of thermoformed products as well as extruding of raw material.

At Kettering, Austin has continued to work in thermoforming. He is a member of SPE and the leader of Kettering’s thermoforming team. The group is working on various projects including the production of an in-house thermoformed part made from recycled material.

Austin is now an intern at Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, MI. His experience in the plastic industry has helped him tremendously and he looks forward to furthering his education in conjunction with being an active SPE member.


LoganTate_2016ScholarWinnerThe Bill Benjamin Memorial Scholarship

Logan Tate, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Logan Tate grew up in Williamsport, PA.  He is currently an undergraduate Plastics and Polymers Engineering Technologies student at Pennsylvania College of Technology.  Although new to the plastics program, he is not a typical undergraduate student. In 2015, Logan graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Physics.

At Penn College, Logan is the SPE Student Chapter President. He is also employed by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC). Being able to gain valuable experience and knowledge at the PIRC has translated to higher confidence and leadership skills that he applies in classes and labs.  He is among a handful of students that has the opportunity to gain an education at an ABET-accredited plastics program, while also working for a globally recognized leader in plastics education and training.

Logan is expected to graduate in December of 2018. In the future, he hopes to combine his degrees and become a leader in the plastics industry. He strives to be at the forefront of innovation and progress.