The Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc. was chartered by the State of Michigan on August 21, 1942, at which time the Society consisted of 120 members in good standing. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists and engineers engaged in the development, conversion and applications of plastics. It is truly an international society since a significant number of its members reside outside the United States.
The objective of the Society is “…to provide and promote the scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics.”
The Society of Plastics Engineers, recognizing that students of today are tomorrow’s plastics professionals, has shown an interest in student members since the establishment of the Student Member grade in 1960. The first Student Chapter was founded that year at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts. Since that time, 127 schools have chartered SPE Student Chapters. The purpose of a Student Chapter is to supplement that student’s formal education and enhance their professional development. Educational institutions offering a polymer curriculum are encouraged to form an SPE Student Chapter as is the case now at Texas State University. The Society remains firm in its commitment to support a strong Student Member program.
Benefits of SPE Student Chapter membership includes:
- Addition to the email list for updates on SPE sponsored events and news.
- Becoming eligible for scholarships through the SPE endowment.
- Opportunities to network and meet with other professionals in the industry.