Baylor Mechanical Engineering Professor Wins National Educator Award

April 29, 2011

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A Baylor University mechanical engineering professor has been selected to receive a national award for building a new area of research on polymer composites at Baylor.

Dr. Walter Bradley, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for the 2011 Educator of the Year award. Bradley will be honored during SPE's annual conference in Boston on May 1.

"I was truly shocked when I found out I had received the award," Bradley said. "I have been building a polymeric composites research program here at Baylor and teaching one elective class per year called 'Engineering with Plastics,' but at this stage of development, I would not expect that I would be competitive for such a national award as 2011 Educator of the Year for SPE."

Bradley was nominated for his work in plastics engineering. He established and led the Polymer Technology Center at Texas A&M University for 10 years, and established and served as director of the Blow Film Consortium at Texas A&M for five years. Bradley also served as the director of the Composites Materials Division of the National Science Foundation's Research Center for Offshore Technology at Texas A&M for 10 years. More recently at Baylor, he developed an exciting new area of research on polymer composites using agricultural waste like coconut shells and coconut husks. Many of Bradley's former undergraduate and graduate students have gone on to successful careers in the polymers industry, which also was a factor in receiving the award.

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