Epstein joins Western Plastics Pioneers hall of fame
BUENA PARK, CALIF. (Aug. 27, 1:35 p.m. ET) -- The Western Plastics Pioneers has inducted manufacturing engineer, lecturer, author and newsletter editor George Epstein into the organization's hall of fame.
courses on plastics composites and adhesives began in the 1950s at the University of California, Los Angeles
and were recognized as the first of their kind in the world.
also has lectured at seven centers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
was a focal point both for instituting an Air Force program that led to use of advanced composites in 80 percent of global-positioning-system structures and creating an Air Force manufacturing problem prevention program.
He held positions with the Aerospace Corp. from 1966-1991.
The materials guru is a fellow of both the Society of Plastics Engineers
and the Society for the Advancement of Material
and Process Engineering
, a past president of SPE's
Southern California chapter and a past vice president of SAMPE
also has received man-of-the-year recognition from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s
Regarding the hall of fame, Epstein
said: "I am indeed much honored to receive this recognition from my peers."