Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (Two-day On-Line Short Course, presented by Prof. Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University)



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Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering

Presented by Prof. Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University 

June 8 and 9, 2020

A Two-Day Short Course, Web-Based Live Presentation

organized by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum


This two-day short course will be presented by a recognized expert in the field of Polymer Science and Engineering. The course is designed to introduce scientists, engineers, or other professionals to basic principles, terminology, and applications of polymeric materials.  No formal training or experience with polymers is assumed or expected. The course aims to offer a sufficient introduction to the field to give professionals a foundation on which to build deeper expertise rapidly. A course wiki site will be available with slides and selected readings, and will remain open to interactive discussions regarding clarification of concepts as well as a source for additional information on specific course topics. The combination of an excellent speaker, an affordable price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

Topics Covered

  • Introductions to polymer concepts and definitions
  • Property comparisons across materials classes
  • Polymer structure-property relationships; emphasis on engineering plastics and multi-functionality
  • Common characterization methods (thermal analysis, molecular weight determination, spectroscopy)
  • Fibers and composites
  • Adhesion between dissimilar materials
  • Basic mechanical properties (strength, stiffness, toughness, creep)
  • Overview of viscoelasticity and time-temperature dependence
  • Overview of rheology and basic processing methods (injection molding, extrusion) and newer processes (e.g., micro-layering, additive manufacturing)
  • Additives (flame retardants, anti-oxidants, others)
  • Resin selection and applications: short case studies
  • Sustainability considerations (recycling and re-use, etc.)
  • Emerging trends and new applications

Instructor Background

Gary Wnek is the Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering, and Professor and Chair of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Prof. Wnek’s research interests include polymers for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine, synthetic macromolecular constructs that mimic physiological functions, processing of polymer fiber/matrix composites, flammability mitigation of common polymers, and novel concepts for polymer packaging designs. He has authored or co-authored 200 publications and holds 34 US patents. Prof. Wnek earned his Ph.D. In Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1980 and his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1977.

Changes to Remote Attendance (details below)

  • No course paper handouts, no in-person attendance
  • Attendees will still have access to the on-line course wiki after the class
  • Interactive participation will still be possible with Q&A, etc.
  • Registrants will get course information for logging on using Zoom
  • Class size will be slightly larger due to venue size limits being removed
  • Registration deadline dates are changed to allow longer registration period. As always, registration may close early if maximum attendance is reached.
  • Due to decreased overhead costs the registration fees are much lower.
  • Course sponsors will have access to provide recorded/timed material during breaks between live lectures, and their presentations will be saved in the course wiki.

Practical Details

EVENT DATES: June 8 - 9, 2020

No physical location. Do not contact the previous venue about the course information, please.

New Reduced Pricing and Deadlines:

$150 early registration, ending Friday May 22

$200 regular registration, ending Monday, June 1

$300 late registration, if still available, after Monday, June 1.

Registration and payment required prior to course. No drop-ins allowed.

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Registration may be closed early if the course capacity is reached.

Additional instructions will be provided to those who register for the event.

Registration Details

(1) Begin the registration process by using the direct link in this advertisement, or by going to the main web page,, and clicking on "Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (Short Course)". After you have completed all the required information, click "Submit" at the bottom of the page. This will take you to a page where you can review your information, then click "Confirm Registration". If someone other than the attendee is filling out the registration form, please ensure that it is the attendee's name and contact information in the appropriate fields in the registration.

(2) You will be asked to choose to pay by Credit Card (via PayPal) or Check. We are requesting that all short course registrations choose the Credit Card option. Click on the "PayPal" icon. This will redirect you to the PayPal website where you can submit your credit card information and complete the payment process. A PayPal account is not necessary. If you do not have a PayPal account, or if you do not wish to use one which you may already have, do not use the "login" option at the PayPal website; select "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" instead.

If you must choose to pay by check, you will need to provide payment by mailing a check made out to “GGPF” in the appropriate amount. Contact David Olmeijer for further instructions at Your registration will not be considered complete until a check is received.

(3) If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID number will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to David Olmeijer at Please note that the conference registration fee covers the short course expenses and is not a tax deductible donation.

(4) An automated e-mail receipt will be provided as soon as you register and is usually sufficient for corporate reimbursement. If you require a hardcopy receipt, please contact us and one can be mailed to you.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by you: allowed until June 1 - you will receive a refund minus a fixed $50 administrative cancellation fee. You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time. No cancellations will be allowed after June 1. Registrants who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund.

Cancellations by GGPF: if for any reason GGPF has to cancel the class, you will be notified no later than June 1 and you will receive a full refund.

Thinking about Sponsoring this Event?

There are many advantages to sponsorship of this GGPF Event.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Bruce Prime at

Contact Information

For course content details, contact Lothar Kleiner (,

For registration difficulties, contact If you can’t reach the webmaster, contact Clayton Henderson (

For information on how to sponsor the event, contact Bruce Prime,


The Golden Gate Polymer Forum (GGPF) is a successful 40-year non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of polymeric materials and devices. We sponsor well attended monthly polymer forums, and annual symposiums or short-courses. The GGPF attracts scientists, engineers, and sales professionals (from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies), as well as academics, all of whom are interested in the study of and advancements in polymer science, materials, or engineering. GGPF events, in addition to providing a forum for cutting edge research and industry practices, allow for collaborative networking. The majority of our attendees are from the Bay Area, yet we attract people from out of state as well as international guests, thanks to our reputation in the industry as a premier and easily affordable educational forum. 

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