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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!

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.

SURE: Sustainable Practices in Central New York

Join expert faculty, researchers, & practitioners from Syracuse and beyond as we explore Sustainability Practices employed in Central NY. Presentations at SURE 2014 will highlight new environmental services and job opportunities that are being developed in the Central New York area.

Visiting the Harbor Brook Combined Sewer Overflow Treatment Wetland Pilot Plant is just one of the exciting opportunities during SURE 2014.

On Thursday October 2nd, Dr. Brad Allenby, Sustainable Enterprise Partnership Fetner Sustainability Fellow and Professor at Arizona State University, will kick-off the conference with remarks on “Industry, Urban Management and Sustainability.”

On Friday, October 3rd, discussion panels will cover topics including “Sustainability Initiatives at Higher Educational Institutions,” “Carbon Footprinting & Climate Action Planning,” and “Green Infrastructure Projects & Evaluations.”

Following these panels, attendees will tour the ESF Gateway Center Green Roof, the Harbor Brook CSO Treatment Wetland Pilot Plant, and the Onondaga Lake Clean-Up & Visitors Center. Explore the full conference schedule online!

Consider attending this conference if you are interested in learning about science, policy, technologies and the growth of sustainability practices in New York State and beyond.  Register online today to save your spot! We hope to see you on October 2nd & 3rd!

 

New Beginnings

I enjoy wishing students and colleagues a “happy new year” on the first day of classes. It’s even more fitting on a glorious fall day like this year’s first day of classes (not that there is ever reason to complain about the weather in Syracuse!).

The bikes are back on campus for the new fall semester!

The bikes are back on campus for the new fall semester!

Here at ESF, we are embarking on not only a new academic year but also the installation of our new campus president, Dr. Quentin Wheeler. A web page devoted to President Wheeler’s inauguration outlines the events including a Presidential Roast, an academic symposium, and a bioblitz at Onondaga Lake. The centerpiece event is the formal Inauguration Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12th in Hendricks Chapel. I hope you will join the ESF College Community – in person or from afar – as a new era unfolds.

Join us, too, for one or more of the College’s new and ongoing outreach programs. Programs serve K-12 students, professionals, students at other colleges/universities, and other lifelong learners from communities of practice and scholarship near and far. Last year, ESF Outreach staff enjoyed working with the College’s faculty, staff, alumni, students, and off-campus collaborators to serve over 4,000 participants in a diverse range of credit and non-credit educational programs.

Along with ongoing programs such as ESF in the High School, Professional and Field Engineer short-courses, Summer Session, and SPARE (solar power installation training), explore these additional opportunities for 2014 – 2015:

  • The 6th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium will be held at the Brookhaven National Laboratory May 12-13, 2015.
  • The SUNY-ESF/RadTech Future of UV/EB Webinar Series kicks off August 27, 2014 with Lance Pickens, CEO and Founder of MadeSolid, who will present “UV 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.”
  • The Dale L. Travis Lecture Series begins Wednesday, September 24, 2014 with Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer, Director of the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Dr. Kimmerer’s talk is titled “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation.”
  • The RadTech International North America/SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program credit and non-credit short courses begin September 8th for ESF and visiting graduate and undergraduate students or professionals.
  • The SURE program’s first event of the year is “Sustainable Practices in Central New York,” a one and a half-day program held October 2 & 3, 2014 in collaboration with the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership. Join Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics at Arizona State University to learn more about the future of sustainability and industrial ecology.
  • The 13th Annual New York State Green Building Conference will be held at a new location: The Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool in Liverpool, NY.

All this and more! Visit us in ESF’s new Gateway Center, learn more on the web at www.esf.edu/outreach, or contact us at (315) 470-6817 or outreach@esf.edu.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Chuck Spuches
Associate Provost for Outreach

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.

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 launches new program to serve business and advanced manufacturing

Photo (L-R):  Robert M. Simpson, President & Chief Executive Officer, CenterState CEO; Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., President, SUNY-ESF; NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; and Dan Montoney, Chief Technology Officer / Owner, Rapid Cure Technologies, demonstrating a UV coating system startup.

Photo (L-R): Robert M. Simpson, President & Chief Executive Officer, CenterState CEO; Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., President, SUNY-ESF; NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; and Dan Montoney, Chief Technology Officer / Owner, Rapid Cure Technologies, demonstrating a UV coating system startup.

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), along with RadTech International North America, and other collaborators has launched a new program in radiation or energy curing, the Radiation Curing Program (RCP).  Supported in part by a  U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, the program is comprised of three online courses and an Advanced Certificate.  

 RCP prepares upper-level undergraduate and graduate students (along with practicing professionals) in the science and technology of energy curing such as ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing. 

 UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be cured as an alternative to traditional energy-intensive methods that create harmful emissions. In short, these processes entail ultraviolet energy from a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB to instantly cure/crosslink specially formulated chemistries, using less energy and at lower cost than conventional/incumbent methods.

Energy cured applications are part of your everyday experiences ranging from your morning cereal box, to your CD or DVD, magazine, credit card, cell phone, contact lenses, keyboard, driving your car, or just walking on your floor.  The advantages of UV & EB are well-documented–particularly when used with manufactured products that require fast processing and/or on substrates that are sensitive to heat. In addition, UV & EB are considered environmentally responsible since most or all of the solvents in traditional processes may be eliminated, thanks to the special capabilities of UV & EB curing.

The RCP program was developed by a team of academic and experienced energy-curing practitioners to reflect current and emerging industry-relevant content and applications.   Students matriculated at other campuses may use these courses as professionally-oriented upper-level electives focused on a specialized interdisciplinary application of chemistry, physics and engineering. Students from other campuses may register on a visiting (non-matriculated) basis during the academic year or Summer Session.  Participants may

  • Pursue one or more “500” level courses on a non-credit or credit basis.
  • Apply and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit (participants may register and work on one or more courses at a time)

Spring 2014 Schedule

  • Introduction to Polymer Coatings /February 3, 2014 – April 18, 2014 / Online
  • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies / February 17, 2014 – May 2, 2014 / Online
  • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety / February 17 , 2014 – April 18, 2014 / Online

Complete information is available at www.esf.edu/outreach/radcuring or contact

Dr. Charles M. Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
226 Gateway Center l One Forestry Drive l Syracuse, NY 13210
315.470.6810 (direct)  l  315.470.6817 (main)
cspuches@esf.edu (email)  l  www.esf.edu/outreach

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