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ASM Meeting

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sustainability and Materials Science:
an MS&T ’10 Preview

Marsha Bischel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

  Phone: 717.898.2294

to be held at
Armstrong Manor
2025 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
The Manor is 1.5 miles North of Rt. 30 on PA 501
  6:00: Social
  6:30: Dinner
  7:30: Speaker

Dinner: Choice of entrée (indicate your choice when you register)
Braised pork chops OR Bruschetta chicken
Served with: Spinach salad with warm bacon dressing, Rice pilaf, Green beans with almonds, and Dessert.
Cost: Members & guests: $20, Retirees: $20, Students:$10

Reservations: Deadline: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Click on Reservations menu to register, or
 phone: Steve Baumann at Alcoa Mill Products   (717) 393-9641 ext:1889


Sustainability and Materials Science:
an MS&T ’10 Preview

Please join us as Marsha Bischel shares an extended version of the presentation she will be delivering at the Materials Science & Technology conference later this month.

The trials and tribulations of
using post-consumer waste as a raw material:
A case study of one manufacturer’s adventures in
the world of recycling

Global sustainability initiatives designed to decrease our collective environmental footprint are increasing the emphasis on the recycling and reuse of materials. As a result, manufacturers are faced with additional pressures to use post-consumer materials in their products; however, these material streams are frequently contaminated, and may have unknown provenance and composition. Manufacturers using such materials must take extra precautions with regards to identifying potentially toxic or hazardous components, and may need to invest in equipment that will allow them to screen out any debris or contaminants, and determine the composition of the material. These additional steps often add cost and complexity to the manufacturing process. This case study will address the systems designed by one manufacture to address and eliminate the risks are associated with post-consumer materials.

About our speakers

Marsha Bischel, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at Armstrong World Industries, Building Products Division, whose current responsibilities include overseeing materials-related analyses of new materials, and assessing materials-issues related to sustainability initiatives and product stewardship. She is also involved in educational outreach, regularly performing science demonstrations in local schools. Marsha has a BChE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, an MS in Materials Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph. D. in Materials Science from the University of Delaware. Marsha is Vice Chair for the South Central PA Chapter of ASM International; she also coordinates the chapter’s science fair program each spring.

September's outing

at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game in the picnic grounds was a success. Unfortunately more members could not make this event, which provided a comfortable atmosphere for pleasurable and technical discussions. The concensus of those in attendance is that we should do this again next year.

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