HATTIESBURG – A
polymer science professor at The University of Southern Mississippi
has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2005 Society of
Plastics Engineering Fellow Award.
Dr. Joshua Otaigbe will receive the award during the
63rd Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) May 1-5 in Boston. The
award is the highest honor SPE bestows upon an individual to honor
his or her contributions in the fields of plastics, engineering,
science, technology or in the management of such activities.
"This is a very prestigious and important award
to me because the award is subject to a rigorous peer review,"
Otaigbe said. "To be recognized by my peers in this way is
Of the 20,000 professional members of SPE worldwide,
only 1 percent (227) are SPE Fellows.
Otaigbe was also recently awarded Chartered Scientist
(CSci) status in recognition of his extensive contribution to the
scientific and engineering communities. He was proposed for this
award by the Institute of Materials (U.K.) and was subjected to
rigorous peer review as part of the award process. The Science Council
of the United Kingdom has given its approval to only 100 Charter
awards to date. Otaigbe is also a fellow of the Institute of Materials
"Dr. Otaigbe has a global reputation," aid
Dr. Robert Lochhead, chair of the Department of Polymer Science.
"He already is a Presidential Fellow, recognized by the president
of the United States for his scientific work, and this is another
well-earned award for Dr. Otaigbe. We are proud and privileged to
have him here at Southern Miss."
Otaigbe lives in Hattiesburg with his wife, Dr. Laura
Otaigbe, and three children, Florence, Ann and Daniel.