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Southern Miss to Host World Renowned Symposium in New Orleans PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 08, 2010
Contact Beth Taylor - 601.266.5170   

In the midst of Super Bowl celebrations and Mardi Gras parades, New Orleans will play host to one of the world’s most venerable seminars in the polymer and chemical engineering industries.

The Waterborne Symposium, sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, brings together more than 150 chemical and polymer scientists to discuss the newest research and technologies for a variety of industrial companies. It will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza Feb 10-12.

Northrop Grumman, G.E. Aviation, Sherwin-Williams, Dow Chemical, and Boeing will all be on hand for the latest information on coatings – or paints – which are environmentally friendly.

“This is the lead coating symposium in the world, so named by several scientific journals,” said Dr. Robson Storey, symposium chair and professor of polymer science and engineering in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at Southern Miss.    

“There was a time when all paints and varnishes were put on with solvents. However, we now have developed all sorts of paints which use water deliveries and are cleaner and safer for the environment,” he said.

Southern Miss has sponsored the Waterborne Symposium in New Orleans for the past 37 years bringing industrial leaders from around the world to the Crescent City. Researchers at Southern Miss are internationally recognized for their work in polymers, including coatings and composites. Many of those researchers have partnerships with leading industries such as Northrup Grumman, which – according to the U.S. Department of Labor - is the third largest employer in the metro New Orleans area.

While the Waterborne Symposium is a technical meeting, it is also an opportunity for Southern Miss researchers to form new partnerships with industrial sources. Three Southern Miss faculty researchers will make presentations: Dr. Daniel Savin, Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, and Dr. Kenneth Mauritz. The event is also an opportunity for students to connect with potential employers. In fact, nearly two dozen students will make poster presentations showcasing their individual research.  

 For more information, contact Laura M. Fosselman, symposium coordinator at 601.266.4475.

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