About this episode

Plastics touch every aspect of life. Without plastics, much of what we depend on daily at work and home would disappear. Despite its prevalence, the moldable material doesn’t enjoy top-of-the-mind awareness, especially among the current generation of students. This episode of degrees that work. attempts to change that. The expertise of national experts is combined with the work of high school students engaged in a plastics project to illuminate the exciting nature and possibilities of the field. Visits to NPE 2009 in Chicago, the largest gathering of plastics professionals in the world, and to K’NEX Brands, one of the largest injection molders in the country, provide additional insight into a sector that offers ample, rewarding career opportunities for today’s students.

Featured Interviews

  • Michael Araten
    President & CEO
    K’NEX Brands
  • Dr. Kirk Cantor
    Professor, Plastics & Polymer Technology
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Bill Carteaux
    President & CEO
    The Society of Plastics Industry, Inc.
  • Dana Gier
    R&D Director Plastics Technical Service & Development
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Robert Grace
    Editor/Associate Publisher/Conference Director
    Plastics News
  • Dennis Gros
    President
    Gros Executive Recruiters
  • Greg Koski
    Principal
    Plastics.com
  • Todd Lorson
    Technical Education Teacher
    Loyalsock Township Senior High School
  • Julie McKenna
    Senior Development Specialist Plastics Technical Service & Development
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Erica Ocampo
    Development Specialist, Latin America Plastics Technical Service & Development
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Gerardo Peña
    Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology Student
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Craig Rockoff
    Student
    Loyalsock Township Senior High School
  • Nick Schmitt
    Plastics & Polymer Technology Student
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Tim Weston
    Associate Professor & Department Head, Plastics & Polymer Technology
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Tim Womer
    Chief Technical Officer
    Xaloy Inc.

Credits

  • Producer/ Director/ Editor/ Camera
    • Chris Leigh
  • Producer/ Writer/ Editor/ Camera/ Narration
    • Tom Speicher
  • Graphics
    • Kevin Jones
  • Music
    • FirstCom Music
  • Production Support
    • Timothy Cotter
    • Leah Mather
  • Animation
    • Christopher Legarski
  • Executive Producers
    • Elaine Lambert
    • Tom Currá

    Images/video courtesy
    • BASF Corp
    • David Shankbone
    • Demag Plastics Group
    • Hexion Specialty Chemicals GmbH
    • K’NEX Brands
    • Kuka Robotics Corp.
    • Martino Communications
    • Metabolix Inc.
    • NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org
    • NatureWorks LLC
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
    • Pittsburg State University
    • Plastics News photo by Bill Bregar
    • Teknor Apex Company
    • The NewsMarket
    • The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
    • University of Massachusetts Lowell
    • Western Washington University

    Special Thanks
    • John Bartolomucci
    • Elizabeth Biddle
    • Ing. Piergiorgio Biscuola
    • Julie Clees
    • Matt Corson
    • Marcel Dartée
    • Linda Fischer
    • Joe Geffre
    • Stacey Hampton
    • Larry Kauffman
    • Hollee Keller
    • Michelle Kirchman
    • Robert Malloy
    • Kevin McGrath
    • Gary McQuay
    • Cindy Meixel
    • Donald Praster
    • Todd Riley
    • Susan Stopper
    • K’NEX Brands
    • Loyalsock Township Senior High School
    • Martino Communications
    • Plastics News
    • SPI
    • The Rodon Group

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