Plastics Professor Earns Second 'Who's Who' Honor

Published 03.21.2006

Faculty & Staff
Polymer Engineering

Kirk M. CantorKirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be honored for the second time in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

Cantor's biography will appear in the 10th edition of the book, to be published later this year, and also appeared in the book's ninth edition, published in 2005.

Teachers who are honored in the book have been nominated by a former student. Students listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students," "Who's Who Among American High School Students Sports Edition" and "The National Dean's List" are invited to nominate a former teacher who has contributed significantly to their success and growth.

Cantor has taught at Penn College since 1990. He holds a doctorate and master's degree in polymer science from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.

Prior to teaching at Penn College, Cantor was an aerospace engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility, where he specialized in materials engineering and engineered high-altitude, scientific balloon projects.

He has been principal or co-principal investigator on grant-funded projects totaling more than $1.7 million. Cantor has authored a book, "Blown Film Extrusion: An Introduction," which will be released later this year by Hanser Gardner Publications, as well as several book chapters. He has published 23 articles, developed animations for two videos, published four interactive software titles, and presented more than 40 in-plant and industry-training seminars.

Cantor received Penn College's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and has earned such team honors as the NASA Group Achievement Award as a member of the Catastrophic Failure Investigation Team in 1986, and the Ben Franklin Academic Partner Award as a member of Penn College's Plastics Manufacturing Center in 2001.

More than 30 full- and part-time faculty members at Penn College will be profiled in the 10th edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

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