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February 12, 2015

Professor Spontak elected to the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences

spontak-2511.croppedProfessor Richard Spontak has been elected to the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA). The NTVA is the Norwegian equivalent of the National Academy of Engineering. Its objective is "to promote research, education and development in the fields of natural sciences and technology, and also stimulate international cooperation within these fields to the benefit of Norwegian society and industrial development in Norway."

Professor Spontak's research interests include polymer morphology and phase stability, multifunctional and nanostructured polymers, blends and networks, and application of microscopy techniques to polymer science and engineering. The primary research focus of his Polymer Morphology Group (PMG) is to employ, and in some cases develop, complementary chemical, processing, microscopy and scattering techniques to control and probe structural characteristics of nano/microstructured polymers and polymer (nano)composites.

In 2012 Dr. Spontak was selected to receive the Lars Onsager Professorship and Medal at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, both in the United Kingdom. Fellows are the highest grade of membership of most professional or learned societies. 

Dr. Spontak is also an Alumni Fellow of Penn State University. At NC State, he was chosen to receive the 2005 Alumni Outstanding Research Award, the 2008 Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2012 Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award. He has also been named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor.

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