From left to right: Milena Maria Garay, Atman Fozdar and Ozlem Kubra Akdogan, PCI scholarship recipients.
From left to right: Milena Maria Garay, Atman Fozdar and Ozlem Kubra Akdogan, PCI scholarship recipients.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has named the recipients of its 2015-16 scholarships in the US.  

The scholarship fund was set up to grow and attract bright new talent to the industrial coatings industry, including polymer science, manufacturing and engineering.  They are awarded annually to deserving student researchers who have applied for this scholarship. The criteria for the awards include relevance to powder coating technology, comprehensiveness of the university program, future goals and qualifications. 

The following students were awarded scholarships this year:

  • Ozlem Kubra Akdogan, a polymer engineer currently pursuing her master’s degree in polymers and coatings at Eastern Michigan University.  
  • Atman Fozdar, pursuing a MSc in polymers and coatings technology at Eastern Michigan University. Atman is the president of Polymers and Coatings Advanced Materials Club (PCAM) at Eastern Michigan University.  
  • Milena María Garay Tovar, a chemist with specialized training in material design and ten years’ experience in quality management and R&D of coatings and polymers at Colombian industry, including project management.  Milena holds a master of science in polymers and coatings technology and is a current student at Eastern Michigan University.

‘It was a true privilege to present the PCI scholarships to these deserving, and very appreciative, students,’ said PCI’s executive director, Trena Benson. ‘They represent the future of our industry and what better way to support their goals.’

This story is reprinted from material from PCI, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.