Rakesh Gupta was named an Honored Service Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers for his long-term service to the society and profession.

Gupta, a George and Carolyn Berry Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University, was nominated for the award by representatives from the West Virginia/Southeast Ohio Section of SPE.

He has served this group in a number of capacities, including councilor. He was recognized for being a key player in the creation of the Plastics in Building and Construction Special Interest Group and for service as its chair. Gupta was also cited for establishing an annual Plastics Day at WVU, where students are introduced to career opportunities in the field.

“I have been a member of SPE since 1991,” Gupta said. “Being elected as an Honored Service Member is recognition both of technical accomplishments and service to the profession. I am grateful to the Society for this special status.”

SPE is the largest plastics professional society in the world with more than 14,000 members worldwide. Since its establishment over 20 years ago, only 312 members have been selected to receive this honor.

Gupta was recognized for the award at the society’s Annual Technical Conference in Las Vegas on April 27.



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