The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to four distinguished individuals during SPE ANTEC® 2015.

ANTEC 2015 will take place March 23-25, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL, U.S.A. and will be co-located with the NPE2015 international plastics show. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Sunday, March 22, at the 2015 Plastics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the Linda W. Chapin Theater of the OCCC.

Biographical details on the award recipients appear in the attached document. The awards and honorees are:

International Award: Dr. Richard J. Spontak

This is SPE’s most distinguished award and is presented to honor an individual’s lifetime achievement. Dr. Richard J. Spontak is an Alumni and Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Richard Spontak

Business Management Award: Charles A. Sholtis

Charles A. Sholtis is the Chief Executive Officer of Plastic Molding Technology, Inc. (PMT), a Texas-based manufacturer of small, precision-engineered, injection-molded components used in diverse industries. Under Charles’ leadership, PMT was named the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s 2014 Manufacturer of the Year and was recognized for its industry-leading sustainability initiatives and operational excellence.

Charles Sholtis

Education Award: Dr. Sarah E. Morgan

Dr. Sarah Morgan is a Professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi.  She joined The University in November 2002 after a fourteen year career in industrial R&D.  Her expertise is in the area of polymer surfaces and interfaces.  She was awarded the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize for 2010.

Sarah Morgan

Research / Engineering Technology Award: Dr. Sureshkumar D. Shah

Dr. Sureshkumar Shah has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry with General Motors and Delphi. His highest technical level was that of “Senior Technical Fellow.” He has received numerous honors for innovations in the use of plastics in automotive.

Sureshkumar Shah


About the Society of Plastics Enginees (SPE)

SPE’s Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC®) is the largest, most-respected, and well-known technical conference in the plastics industry globally. For over 70 years, ANTEC has successfully expanded from U.S. into Europe, India, and the Middle East with further expansion to global locations in 2015 and beyond. Each event features technical and business presentations on new and evolving technologies, panel discussions, as well as tutorial sessions. Networking events and student functions provide attendees with ample networking opportunities with experts from the largest industry segments.

The mission of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances.  SPE is active in educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic based-composite developments in the global transportation industry.  Topic areas include applications, materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design, and development. Visit