Michigan Tech’s Center for Environmentally Benign Functional Materials and its Sustainable Futures Institute have been awarded $1.7 million to develop structural foams that could be used in security applications. The research is being conducted by principal investigator Ghatu Subhash of the MEEM department and Co-principal investigators Gerard Caneba and David Shonnard, both of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
S. Jayson Ripke, who earned three degrees at Michigan Tech, with a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering before embarking on a career in the iron ore industry, will receive the University’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
When Frank Pavlis graduated from Michigan Tech in 1938, he was the first in his family to make it through college, graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Chemical Engineering.
That education enabled his highly successful career, which began in 1940 at Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Retiring in 1980 as its vice president for international/world trade, Pavlis now is giving back. His $2 million gift to the university will give selected students the skills in technological leadership that formed the underpinning of his own career.