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We are excited to introduce the PSTC Webinar Series, an interactive way to stay connected, network with your colleagues and continue utilizing your PSTC membership all-year round.

Hosted by PSTC’s committees throughout the year, these free webinars will feature presentations on a variety of industry-related topics of interest to you, your company and your teams.

Take a look at some of our upcoming webinars in this year’s series below!


Webinar 3: “Switchable Adhesives for Multifunctional Interfaces”

Date: Wednesday, August 4
Time: 11:00 a.m. (CST) / 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Keynote Speaker: Michael Bartlett, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Macromolecules, Innovation Institute (MII), Virginia Tech

Michael Bartlett is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on soft multifunctional materials for deformable electronics and soft robotics, adaptive materials, and ‘smart’ adhesives. He received his BSE in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan in 2008 and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from UMass Amherst in 2013. After obtaining his Ph.D. he worked as a Senior Research Engineer in the Corporate Research Laboratory at 3M, as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, and was an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University before joining Virginia Tech in 2020. His research has resulted in publications, patents, media coverage, and awards including a DARPA Young Faculty Award and Director’s Fellowship, the Early Career Scientist Award from the Adhesion Society, a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and an Outstanding Faculty Award (student nominated). 

Abstract: Emerging and current applications ranging from consumer and medical products to soft robotics and wearable bio-monitoring devices demand strong adhesives which can be easily removed on-demand and subsequently reused. This requires new paradigms in adhesive science and engineering, resulting in the emergence of new classes of multifunctional switchable adhesives. I will introduce some of the key concepts and opportunities in this area and then discuss two approaches for switchable adhesive systems. First, I will present a framework for designing and rapidly manufacturing materials through kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting. I will introduce kirigami-inspired structures for adhesives and show how we can enhance adhesive across a spatially patterned sheet while tuning adhesion in different directions for high capacity yet easy release interfaces. Second, I will show how shape and rigidity tuning can be coupled to rapidly switch adhesion (~ 0.1 s) across a wide range of programmable adhesion forces with measured switching ratios as high as 1300x. The switchable adhesion system introduces an active polydimethylsiloxane membrane supported on a compliant, foam foundation with pressure‐tunable rigidity where positive and negative pneumatic pressure synergistically control contact stiffness and geometry to activate and release adhesion. This approach enables adhesion‐based gripping and material assembly, which is utilized to pick‐and‐release common objects, rough and porous materials, and arrays of elements with a greater than 14 000x range in mass. These materials and approaches provide model systems to study fundamental adhesive properties while enabling advanced adhesive technologies for both current and emerging opportunities.



Webinar 2: “The Journey Forward”

Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. (CST) / 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Putney, speaker and economist, ITR Economics

In this session, ITR Economics- First in Forecasts Worldwide- will review short- and long-term economic forecasts and how they will directly impact the pressure sensitive tape industry. Learn how to identify business cycle phases and what this means to PSTC customers. Be prepared to discuss leading economic indicators and those to watch. ITR Economics will provide insight on inflation, interest rates, and taxes and discuss time-sensitive current events and how to expect them to affect your businesses as well as strategies for moving forward.

Speaker Bio:
Catherine specializes in applied research regarding business cycle trend analysis, growth cycle trend analysis, and the utilization of cyclical analysis at the business level. She earned a master's degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire. As a key member of ITR's Leading Indicator Team, Catherine applies her skillsets when forecasting company and market data and sharing those findings - and their business relevance - with ITR clients. Catherine and the team at ITR Economics have put their expertise to work for companies from a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, fibers, healthcare, distribution, real estate, construction, and technology.


 Webinar 1: “The Economic Recovery Continues in 2021”

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 12:00 p.m. (CST) / 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Keynote Speaker: Robert D. Dietz, PhD, chief economist and senior vice president for economics and housing policy, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Dr. Dietz will provide an overview of economic and housing market conditions as the economy recovers from the virus crisis. Housing was a bright spot during a challenging 2020. Will the recovery continue in 2021? Dietz will review macroeconomic factors affecting housing and consumer demand, industry-level detail on supply-side headwinds that are limiting construction sector growth, and detail NAHB’s economic forecast including future actions of the Federal Reserve. He will also explore the geography of recovery and the impacts of the 2020 elections on the economy, including the risk of rising regulatory burdens on business.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Dietz is chief economist at NAHB, where his responsibilities include forecasts of housing and economic trends, survey research and home building industry and policy analysis. He has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy on housing, economic and tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Dr. Dietz worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a PhD in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.




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