Fellow of the Society

Fellow of the Society candidates must be sponsored by an SPE Division or Special Interest Group and elected by the Fellows Election Committee on the basis of their professional record as well as written sponsorships from at least two SPE members.

Application Deadlines:

  • Electronic submission of completed application: October 1
  • Information as requested by Fellows Election Committee Chair: November 1
  • Committee report forwarded to the Executive Board for endorsement: January
  • Presentation of Fellows certificates and pins - at ANTEC®

Submission Guidelines and Application:

359 members have been awarded this prestigious title since it was introduced in 1984.

Fellows Election Process


2023 Fellow of the Society Recipients

We are proud to introduce the newest Fellows of the Society. These three SPE members are honored for their outstanding contributions in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities. 2023's Fellows of the Society honorees, with their SPE Division and Section affiliations, are:

Dr. Vivek Rohatgi, Pipe Resin & Applications Technical Service Manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical
Nominated by the SPE Oklahoma Section
Vivek Rohatgi is the Pipe Resin & Applications Technical Service Manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical. He has a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He  has 24 years of industry experience in polymer processing, applications development and commercialization.  He is active in several industry organizations including the American Gas Association (AGA), ASTM Committee on Piping Materials, Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). He currently has 18 US patents, 24 Journal & Conference Papers and 3 Book Chapters.  He is a big Buckeyes football fan!
Dr. Uday K. Vaidya, Chief Technology Officer, IACMI-The Composites Institute
Nominated by the SPE Composites Division
Dr. Uday Vaidya is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (UT-ORNL) Governor's Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing. Vaidya serves as the Chief Technology Officer for IACMI-The Composites Institute.  Vaidya has over three decades of experience in engineered plastics and composites. Vaidya serves as the Editor in Chief for Elsevier’s Composites Part B : Engineering journal.  Vaidya is the author of two books- 'Composites for Automotive, Mass Transit and Truck' and ‘Advanced Composites – Innovation and Experiential Learning.  Vaidya serves as the Education Chair for SPE Composites Division and has advanced student’s engagement in SPE since 2004.

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