Since 1998, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®), leading global OEMs and Tier Suppliers, as well as the TPO supply chain have pooled their resources to create the SPE® Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Global Conference, a dynamic, interactive, and cost-effective learning experience. The show highlights the importance of rigid and flexible engineered polyolefins as well as a growing range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) throughout the automotive and in other forms of ground transportation.
The event has become the world’s leading automotive polyolefins forum and typically draws over 600 key decision makers and some of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation polyolefin applications, economics, and market trends. As such, it provides excellent networking opportunities with key members of the automotive TPO, TPE, & TPV supply chain, and the opportunity to learn about designing lighter, less costly automotive components using the latest technologies and applications for these versatile materials.
For several years, the Conference Committee has set aside a yearly scholarship fund from the Conference’s proceeds for applicants that are graduate students attending an approved college or university. The amount of the scholarship fund ranges from $2,500 to $5,000 USD. It is awarded to candidates doing undergrade/graduate research work on an independent project featuring rigid or flexible polyolefins that have utility or applications in mobility.
The development work must involve areas such as, polyolefin materials development, additive manufacturing, processing, painting, additives to enhance properties, bonding, catalysis, mechanical or chemical recycling of mobility components, flammability, electric vehicle applications utilizing polyolefin materials and applications relevant to mobility.
Student candidates interested in applying for our scholarship should fill out the application form and submit a one-page description of the proposed work, expected results and candidate’s credentials. All applicants must be in good standing with their colleges or universities at the time they apply for the scholarship.