Stay tuned for next year’s conference: TPO 2022 on October 2 - 5, 2022

Conference Committee Members

Conference Co-Chairs

Neil Fuenmayor

nfuenmayor (at)

John Haubert

jhaubert (at)

Bill Windschief
Advanced Innovation Solutions

bwindschief (at)


Technical Program Chairs

Dr. Norm Kakarala

Inteva (Retired)

nkakarala (at)

Dr. Alper Kiziltas

Ford Motor Co.

akiziltas (at)

David Helmer
General Motors

dhelmer (at)


Sponsorship/Exhibit Co-Chairs

Dr. Sassan Tarahomi, Alterra Holdings
Phone:  +1.201.887.7635
starahomi (at)

David Okonski
General Motors

Director Emeritus: Bill Windschief, Advanced Innovation Solutions
Phone: +1.248.535.2595
bwindscheif (at)

Conference Registration: Karen Rhodes-Parker, SPE
Phone: + x3
karen (at)


2021 Technical Program Sessions & Co-Chairs

Materials Development
Co-Chairs: Mark Jablonka, Dow; Peter Glenister, LBI; Catherine Wilson, Ford Motor Co.

Surface Enhancements
Co-Chairs: Dr. Rose Ryntz, Ryntz & Assoc.; Jeff B. Christ, Ford Motor Co.; Jim Keller, Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC

Interior Applications & Laminating Adhesives
Co-Chairs: Dr. Pravin Sitaram, Haartz; Hoa Pham, Fruedenberg Performance Materials; Austin Wagenhals, Ford Motor Co.

Lightweighting of Polyolefin Parts
Co-Chairs: Mike Shoemaker, Borealis Compounds; Dr. Nadeem Bokhari, Sumitomo Chemical; Normand Miron, Audia

Process Developments & Simulations
Co-Chairs: Mike Cuneo, Washington Penn Plastic Company; Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow; Matt Sprouse, Washington Penn Plastic Company

Applications for Bio-Based Materials
Co-Chairs: Dr. Alper Kiziltas, Ford Motor Co.; Akshay Trivedi, Lear Corporation; Drew Geda, Hyundai Motor Group

Enablers for Plastics Recovery and Reuse
Co-Chairs: ; Susan Kozora, IAC Group; Mike Balow, Auxin Consulting; Dr. Suresh Shah, SPE Fellow

Innovations in Plastics for Future Mobility

Co-Chairs: David Helmer, General Motors Company; Andrew Sanders, Borealis Compounds;  Frank Schumann, Trinseo, LLC.


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