Michelman’s Fiber Sizing & Composites Team Welcomes Three IACMI Interns

CINCINNATI, OH (July 7, 2018) – Michelman is proud to be mentoring three talented interns this summer as part of IACMI’s 2018 internship program. Ms. Rebecca O’Toole, Mr. Patrick Jung, and Ms. Bailey Millett, are learning from Michelman’s Fiber Sizing & Composites team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville researching new applications for the company’s line of Hydrosize® Fiber Sizings.

The IACMI internship is an integral part of the institute's mission to develop the advanced manufacturing workforce for the growth of composites in the wind, automotive and compressed gas storage sectors. The IACMI interns are learning from mentors to gain hands-on experience with composites research and production in the above named sectors; as well as design, modeling, and simulation; and materials and processing.

“We are so proud to be a part of this important program.” said Mr. Steve Bassetti, Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman. “Mentoring these talented college professionals through projects that are critical to the success of not just Michelman, but the industry overall, is an opportunity we value. Rebecca, Bailey and Patrick have been phenomenal assets to the team, and certainly have bright futures ahead of them.”

“Michelman’s interns are engaging with both industry and academia throughout the summer, actively learning about the differences and similarities in research atmospheres, while better understanding how collaborations such as this can be optimized to accelerate the commercialization of new innovations,” said Joannie Harmon Heath, IACMI’s Workforce Manager.

This is the third year of the IACMI internship program, and with the 2018 intern class, the internship program has placed more than 75 students at internship locations. Eight IACMI members and two regional partners are hosting interns this summer at facilities across the U.S. IACMI member hosts include DuPont, Ford, Vartega, TPI Composites, RMX Technologies, Local Motors, Michelman, and Arkema; and regional partner hosts include the Composite Prototyping Center and Composites Recycling Technology Center.

About Michelman

Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging and paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.

About IACMI-The Composites Institute

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation's energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate innovative research and development in the advanced composites field. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The National Manufacturing USA Institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from IACMI's partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.