Plastics Educator of The Year


2016 Plastics Educator of the Year – Professor Tim A. Osswald

Professor Osswald has written 12 books in the plastics field, four of which are textbooks: Understanding Polymer Processing, Polymer Processing – Modelling and Simulation, Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers, and Polymer Rheology. Professor Osswald is the faculty advisor to the Student SPE Chapter. He is also faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Theta Tau.

Consolidated Papers Foundation Chair sponsored by the Mead Witter Foundation
Honorary Professor at
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Honorary Professor – National University of Colombia (2010)
• Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (2008)
• Honorary Professor – University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2006)
• Chaired Professorship: K.K. and Cindy Wang Professor (2005-2015)
• Journal of Polymer Technology, Chief Editor (2004-present)
• Nominated as the first American member of the International Alliance
of Polymer Technology Professors (2002)
• Recipient of the VDI-K Dr.-Richard-Escales-Prize (2001)
• Journal of Polymer Engineering, Editor for the Americas, (1999-present)
• Hanser Publishers, Advisory Board, (1998-present)
• Journal of Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Editor — Plastics
• NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991-96)
• Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (1987-89)

2014 SPE Milwaukee Educator of the Year – Dr. Majid Tabrizi

Dr. Majid Tabrizi currently teaches at University of Wisconsin – Platteville (UWP)and he is the Director of the Center for Plastic Processing Technology. He has previously taught at University of Northern Iowa and University of Kerman.

He currently runs the:

  • Plastic Program at UWP.
  • Middle school and high school students program which contains 43 modules. This program has received national attention and has been written about in the Thermoforming Quarterly.
  • Plastic Technology program, a SPE-UWP program designed to prepare the high school teachers for teaching plastics in the curriculum. 80% of the teacher participants have incorporated the plastics in their educational program.

He has worked in industry as Research Director for Iowa Laser Technology.
He has done research for the Iowa High Tech Council, National Science Foundation, Department of National Resources and the Department of Energy.
He has provided specialized industrial training for John Deere, 3M, Generac,Loud Speaker Components, Cuba-City Machine, Plastic Ingenuity, Print Corporation and AST Corporation.
He is an advisor to the UWP Student Chapter of SPE.
He has authored many article especially on plastic education at UWP.


Jeff Thielke named “Milwaukee SPE 2013 Plastics Educator of the Year”

At the Milwaukee Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Education / Career Night, Wednesday April 17, 2013, at Waukesha County Technical College, Mr. Jeff Thielke will be honored as the first recipient of the Milwaukee SPE Plastics Educator of the Year Award.

Mr. Thielke has been teaching for over 29 years, currently he teaches technology education classes at the Germantown School District, Kennedy Middle School and has taught Middle school for 12 years and high school for 17 years. He has taught Project Lead the Way classes as well as Gateway to Technology classes. As an associated member of the Milwaukee SPE, he has taught plastic technology in his classrooms as well as written curriculum for Wisconsin Manufacturing Plastics Youth Apprenticeship and Manufacturing Plastics Technical Training Program. He has written articles for several publications including The PLTW Journal, Teaching Today, Bright Ideas and the Milwaukee SPE Newsletter. He has spoken several times including Wisconsin Technology Education Association Conference, Society Of The Plastics Industry Seminar and Milwaukee SPE seminars. He also will help other teachers in other districts get started in teaching plastic technology in their technology classes.

Mr. Thielke has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology Education and a Masters in Vocational Education. He is married with children and coaches and teaches wrestling.