Category Archives: Radiation Curing Program – RCP

US DOL Visits Radiation Curing Program

We were proud to host our US Department of Labor program officer, Rochelle Layne, who recently conducted a Radiation Curing Program site visit. Thanks and congratulations to our instructional team and to some of our area business collaborators who demonstrated curing applications across a range of consumer and industrial products. ToUSDOL RCP SiteVisit learn more about the SUNY-ESF/RadTech International Radiation Curing Program (RCP) visit radcuring.com

Pictured here are (left to right), Dan Montoney, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Rapid Cure, Rochelle Layne, US DOL Employment and Training Administration, and Kevin Daley, Thomas Technology Group.

Dr. Tom Amidon / College Technology Educator of the Year

tomDr. Tom Amidon received the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s  2015 College Technology Educator of the Year award at the TACNY awards banquet on Monday, March 23rd.

Dr. Amidon, a professor in SUNY-ESF’s Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, has made his mark on the paper and bioprocess industries. After graduating from ESF with a doctorate in 1974, he worked for International Paper for 23 years, concluding his service as laboratory manager for the company’s corporate research center in Tuxedo, N.Y. He brought his research skills back to ESF in 2000 as chair of what was then called the Paper Science and Engineering Department.

While chair, Dr. Amidon led the development of a bioprocess engineering curriculum, which received accreditation under the chemical engi­neering rubric. He also helped develop a SUNY Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing that has been completed by more than 100 students over the past decade with the majority of them working at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Since stepping down as chair, Dr. Amidon has become co-academic adviser for a SUNY Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing of coatings, paints, and inks. This technology, which con­serves energy and reduces emissions, is rapidly growing in com­mercial applications.

While at ESF, Dr. Amidon opened up new a research area in paper science, evaluating novel approaches for the disassembly of woody materials with the aim of preserv­ing current profitable uses while making new raw materi­als available. He worked with the American Forest and Paper Association to develop a new research area called new forest-based materials. He is the U.S. expert in the area, and he has presented to House Science Committee staff and numerous international gatherings.

In New York state, Dr. Amidon has been an advocate for companies to adopt the “biorefinery concept”. He is leading a consortium of New York companies to com­mercialize green chemistry technology developed by the faculty and students of ESF’s Paper and Bioprocess Engi­neering program. This technology uses water and mem­brane systems to create a sugar solution from wood that can be fermented into biofuels, such as ethanol or buta­nol, or used to create biodegradable plastics and other products.

The Technology Alliance of Central New York was founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse. TACNY’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

New Year – New Opportunites

Dear Friends, Collaborators, and Participants –

The New Year is a time for reflection and planning, and an opportunity to personally thank each of you who honor us with your ongoing active partnership and support.

This past year, ESF’s outreach included educational programs and technical services that engaged the College with a broad array of constituents. ESF faculty, staff and students, along with our partners, continued to pursue a diverse range of programs and projects that include on- and off-campus, online, credit and non-credit, and formal and informal learning opportunities for professionals, elementary through high school students, ESF students, and lifelong learners. ESF’s outreach supports environmental, educational, social and economic development in ways that advance both the public good and the College’s mission.

ESF in the High School, a concurrent enrollment program, for example, entails formal partnerships between ESF and high schools in Rochester, New York City and throughout Central /Upstate New York. Last year this program enabled well over 600 students to experience college-level work and to explore STEM and related academic and career opportunities. ESF in the High School also provides high-caliber STEM professional development opportunities for participating teachers.

ESF’s several professional education conferences and workshops continue to engage participants from communities of practice and scholarship in geographical communities near and far. One ongoing four-day workshop hosted by the Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering academic program recently engaged participants from Canada and eleven states, including Texas!

Three professional educational programs last year benefited the Central New York Community by generating a combined economic impact of nearly $300,000.

One initiative, the Radiation Curing Program (RCP) represents a truly 21st Century business/academic/public sector collaboration and a fully distributed online instructional approach that serves professionals and students throughout the U.S. and around the world.

As we look ahead to this New Year, please explore with us an ever more exciting calendar of programs to be held here in Central New York, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and in our virtual world. And please join us in recognizing and celebrating all of our partnerships, including those with the NYS DEC, with Rick Fedrizzi and the U.S. Green Building Council, the SUNY Research Foundation, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (to mention just a few).

I believe that, together with our ESF faculty, staff, students and alumni, we all have an opportunity to truly fulfill ESF’s outreach and service mission and, in turn, to make positive educational, professional, and economic differences in our communities and in our world.
Please contact us with your thoughts and questions – we look forward to working with you.

I wish you a productive and enjoyable New Year.

Sincerely,
Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

RCP Spotlight: 5 Reasons You Should Take Introduction to Polymer Coatings

1)  Keep up with changing trends in advanced manufacturing.  More firms are adopting radiation curing techniques every day because they can be cheaper, higher quality, and more sustainable.  Introduction to Polymer Coatings will help you stay on top of rapidly developing trends.

2) Work towards an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing.  If you’re looking for new job or just a promotion, a certificate proving you know what you’re talking about certainly helps!

3) Learn the fundamental chemistry that makes modern polymers work.  Introduction to Polymer Coatings covers reaction kinetics, cross-linking agents, mechanical and optical properties, and many other fascinating dimensions of polymer coatings.  Isn’t science fun?

4) Further your understanding of current technologies and techniques used in the coatings industry.  Understanding these complex processes will help you develop, refine, implement, sell, and even use polymer coated materials.

5) Take the course from where ever you are, whenever you have time. Introduction to Polymer Coatings is entirely, completely online.

Take Introduction to Polymer Coatings starting February 2, 2015.

Learn more about the Radiation Curing Program’s graduate-level courses and register today!

Radiation Curing Program Recognized

The RadTech/SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program has been chosen by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) as the winner for this year’s James C. Hall Exemplary Credit Program Award.  The Radiation Curing Program was chosen among strong competition from across the State of New York.  CEANY cited our program’s close ties to real world businesses and it’s ease of accessibility to for both local and international students as distinguishing features of our program.  The Radiation Curing Program is designed to help both students and industry professionals capitalize on the exciting growth of radiation curing in the sustainable materials manufacturing field.  Thank you to all of the dedicated partners and staff that make the Radiation Curing Program exemplary!

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Dr. Robin Wright inducted into 3M’s Carlton Society

SUNY-ESF congratulates our friend and colleague Dr. Robin Wright, 3M Corporate Scientist, on his induction into the Carlton Society.  This honor was announced at the 51st annual 3M awards ceremony this year.

The Carlton Society is 3M’s technical “Hall of Fame” consisting of top 3M scientists who contribute to the company’s culture of innovation.  Members of this society are nominated by their technical peers and are considered world-class leaders in their field.  Check out this video from 3M about this distinguished society.

With his tremendous expertise in UV-curable coatings, we agree that Dr. Wright is a great addition to the Carlton Society.  Dr. Wright has used that expertise to advise and actively encourage the SUNY-ESF/RadTech Radiation Curing Program in serving and advancing the radiation curing field.  We thank Robin for his leadership and join the 3M and RadTech communities in congratulating him on this most deserved achievement.

Dr. Robin Wright (left) guards the SUNY-ESF/RadTech Radiation Curing Program’s Jim Boheim autographed basketball from his colleagues at the UV/EB East 2013 conference.

Explore the Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing with Lance Pickens

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Click on the image to check out one of MadeSolid’s innovative uses of UV radiation.

Recent market research indicates that 3-D printing is about to skyrocket, and ultraviolet radiation (UV) cured materials are poised to play a major role in this development.   Resins cured by UV allow creators to quickly fabricate 3-D printed products from high-quality materials.  Lance Pickens, Founder and CEO of MadeSolid, Inc, will share his inside perspective on this exciting technology to kick off the 2014-2015 Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing Webinar series.

Lance Pickens is a fast emerging visionary in 3-D printing.  He studied plastic and polymer chemistry at the University of Southern California and the Illinois Institute of Technology before founding his own company, MadeSolid, Inc.  Based in Emeryville, California, MadeSolid develops advanced materials for 3-D printers with a meticulous focus on superior mechanical properties and a commitment to user-friendly products.  Through an intrepid crowdsourcing campaign and the help of early beta users, MadeSolid develops products that give 3-D printer users access to advanced materials.

Lance will share his unique experiences and outlook for the role of UV curing as 3-D printing technology continues to accelerate. Join this exciting webinar for an inside look at developments in advanced materials for 3-D printing. Free registration is available online.  Check out the Future of UV/EB Webinar Series website for more details.

Join us for 2014-15 Future of UV/EB Webinar Series

2:00 p.m. August 27th, Online

Lance Pickens, 3-D printing visionary and CEO of MadeSolid, Inc., kicks off the 2014-2015 Future of UV/EB Webinar series. MadeSolid develops advanced materials for 3-D printers with a focus on superior mechanical properties and ease of use. Lance will recount developments in advanced materials for 3-D printing and share his perspective on the role of UV curing as 3-D printing technology continues to accelerate. Register for the webinar today!

Want to learn even more about radiation curing?

Register now for Fall Radiation Curing Program courses.  Radiation Curing Program courses are offered in a convenient and flexible web-based format at affordable prices, thanks to a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to SUNY-ESF and RadTech.

  • Introduction to Polymer Coatings – Online
    September 8, 2014 – November 14, 2014
    Register here.
  • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies – Online
    September 22, 2014 – December 5, 2014
    Register here.
  • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety – Online
    September 22, 2014 – November 14, 2014
    Register here.

With questions contact Kate Wall, Program Coordinator, ESF Outreach (315-470-4871/6817)

ESF Outreach’s Radiation Curing Team to Present to National Association

Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for ESF Outreach, and Dan Montoney, Co-founder of Rapid Cure Technologies, have been invited to discuss the future of radiation curing technologies with the Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI).  ASERTTI is the national organization connecting energy research institutions to promote the economy and the environment. This presentation is a part of the “Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness” collaborative through the U.S. Department of Labor.

This segment will introduce ASERTTI leadership to the Radiation Curing Program, which helps both students and industry professionals prepare for emerging opportunities in sustainable advanced materials manufacturing. The Radiation Curing Program is a suite of three online courses that responds to current and emerging demand for ultraviolet and electron beam curing and related training and education. This national initiative is led by SUNY-ESF in partnership with RadTech International, North America and other regional and national partners.

Join the Radiation Curing Program this fall! Four online courses are available starting in September, including the introductory Principles of Energy Curing Technology course. Help write the future of radiation curing technology by registering online today!

SUNY-ESF to Offer New “Short-Course” in UV/EB Curing

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is preparing to add a new short-course in ultraviolet / electron beam (UV/EB) curing to its existing Radiation Curing Program (RCP). The RCP, a three course suite of online courses, is designed for current employees in radiation curing related industries, as well as those preparing to enter the field, who wish to pursue a documented graduate-level professional development in this area. The new short-course, entitled “Principles of Energy Curing Technologies”, builds on that participant base to engage sales and customer service representatives, marketing and business managers, and regulatory agencies in the rapidly growing field in a cost-effective and convenient way.

The online course is typically completed in 10-15 total hours, although to accommodate workplace and other demands, participants will have four weeks to complete the course requirements.  Active engagement will provide participants with a broad overview of the science, materials, equipment, and processes used in Energy Curing. Taught by several industry experts, the instructional team has designed the program to teach participants how to recommend a high-level course of action when presented with a problem that may be solved by energy curing technologies and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the equipment and curing technologies commonly used in the industry.

The RCP, including the Principles of Energy Curing Technologies course, is made available, in part, by a US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant. The inaugural offering of Principles of Energy Curing Technologies will run from May 19, 2014 through June 13, 2014. A second summer offering will run from July 7, 2014 through August 1, 2014.

For more information and to register for one or more of the Radiation Curing Program courses, visit www.esf.edu/outreach/radcuring.