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Nandika D’Souza, professor in the Mechanical and Energy Engineering Department, was recently named as a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). She was one of five receiving this honor at the Annual Technical Conference in Cincinnati in April 2013. Only 289 members of an organization whose membership has ranged from 15,000 to 35,000 worldwide have been elected to this prestigious status since it was established in 1984.
Sponsored by an SPE Division or Special Interest Group, candidates for Fellow must be Senior Members of the Society for six years. The Fellows Election Committee considers eligible candidates on the basis of a personal history as well as written sponsorships from two SPE members.
D’Souza is head of the Polymer Mechanical and Rheology Laboratory, and her research interests are in interactions and properties of heterogeneous materials, blends, alloys, composites and nanocomposites. Her teaching and research primarily focus on mechanical properties, fracture, transport phenomena, viscoeleasticity, rheology and polymer characterization.
Along with being a SPE member, she also is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, UNT Renewable Bioproducts Cluster and UNT Renewable Energy and Conservation Cluster. Her previous honors are the 2008 UNT College of Engineering Research Award, 2003 NASA Faculty Fellowship Program, 2000-2002 UNT Developing Scholar Award, 1998 UNT Outstanding Service on Behalf of National Medal Winners and the 1994 Vinyl Division Thesis Award from the International Society of Plastics Engineers.