President’s Message March 2017

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Tim Reilly of Clariant for presenting at the February meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of fire retardant technologies offered by Clariant. As a formulator myself who happens to deal with wood treatments, I find it very useful to have Tim come in an update me on the newest technologies and products that might help me with my work. As a reminder to all members, the PSCT board is always willing to listen to ideas for topics that might interest our members. If you have an idea for a topic, just email one of the board members or stop us during one of the meetings.

The deadline for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM grant is March 15, 2017. I’d like to remind everyone to read the application thoroughly and make sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will NOT be approved by the Scholarship Committee. As a reminder, the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship will be $6,500 to be split among the winners, and the STEM grant winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Please review the scholarship applications for further details.

Our next social event will be a Pirates baseball game on April 24th. Come and watch the Pirates play some team from Chicago that might have won something last year. The cost of the event will be $70 per ticket. There is a limited number of tickets for this event! Please make your reservations early so you don’t miss out!

We are still searching for PSCT Board members for the next year. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to keep our organization strong! As usual, we will be seeking nominations for Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and Director-at-Large. We will also need a Society Liaison Representative which is a two-year term. The current Vice-President, Mark DePasquale, will move to President and the current President, Ken Cutler, will move to Past President. If you have any interest in any of these positions, please contact Jim Wasik or any of the PSCT Board members.
Have you considered helping the PSCT by volunteering for a committee chair? This is a great option for those you don’t feel like they have the time to commit to a PSCT board position, but still want to be actively involved. These positions are appointed by the PSCT President and serve for one year. We are in need of filling the Membership, Nominating, Program, Bylaws, Audit, and Scholarship Committee chairs for next year. If you are interested, please contact one the PSCT board members.

Our next meeting on March 13th and will be at Roland’s Seafood Grill & Iron Landing in the Strip District. The speaker, PSCT member Dwight Weldon, will present at 6 pm with a talk entitled “Anatomy of a Coating Failure” and will be followed by dinner. I hope to see all of you there!

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

President’s Message January 2017

Dear PSCT Members,

As we head into the New Year, it’s often a time to reflect on the previous year and make plans for a prosperous new year. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who made 2016 such a great year! I’m proud of all the PSCT was able to accomplish including continuing to promote the coatings technology industry, promoting educational goals, and providing interesting experiences for our members. As we look towards 2017, I’d like to remind everyone that we only progress through the efforts of our members. Please consider how you can contribute to making 2017 even better than 2016!

I would like to thank Jim Wasik, the other PSCT board members, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center for an outstanding event last month. If you attended, I hope you had an outstanding time at the event. If you weren’t able to make it to this event, our next social outing will be the May Event. More details on the May Event will be coming shortly. Stay tuned to the newsletter so you don’t miss out!

As a reminder, if you know someone who will be applying for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM grant, you should be badgering them to get started on the application. As a proud parent myself, I realize they probably will still wait until the last minute, but it’s worth a try! The application deadline is March 15th, 2017.

Our next meeting on January 9th will be at Covestro at Freddie’s Café starting at 5 pm with a social hour. The speaker, Mike Jeffries, will present at 6 pm with a talk entitled “Making the Switch to Water Based Polyurethane” and be followed by dinner. This will be a joint event with the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh. I hope to see all of you at our first meeting of 2017!

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

President’s Message – November 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Dr. Gary Horacek of Troy Chemical for speaking at last month’s meeting. I have talked with several other PSCT members who found his presentation very interesting. Also, I think it was nice to have a change of scenery at Roland’s. Please remember to talk to the PSCT board members about your preferences for meeting locations as we will be deciding where to have meetings after we complete our rotation with the November meeting.

The PSCT Board and Scholarship Committee have been hard at work making some changes to the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM grant. Most of the changes are cosmetic in nature, but I would like to recommend that everyone takes the time to carefully read the application when released so that everyone understands the requirements. I expect the scholarship applications to be ready for release in the December newsletter. Any questions can be addressed to myself or the Scholarship Committee chair, Tom Van Kuren.

I would also like to remind everyone about the December event at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Because the event was so popular last year and filled quickly, we have decided to offer two options of activities this year. The first is an artist glass paperweight which will be made in the Hot Shop. The second will be a fused tile, sun catcher, window ornament which will be made in the Kiln Shop. Unfortunately, time will only allow participation in ONE of the two activities. Please specify which activity you are interested in when making your reservations. Reservations can be made to psct1927@gmail.com and will be accepted starting now. The cost of the event is $50 per person. Couples, who would only like to make one item, may attend at a cost of $60. We will have some light refreshments on hand as well. Please check inside this issue of the newsletter for more details. This event is really one you’re not going to want to miss!

The third meeting this year is scheduled at Walnut Grill in Wexford for November 14th. This month our speaker will be Tim Chen of BYK USA Inc. His presentation will be on “Wax additive technology for the improvement of surface properties while maintaining low matte finish”. Please note this is not the same location as the Walnut Grill in Fox Chapel. The address for Walnut Grill – Wexford is 12599 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

President’s Message October 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank the 56 golfers and over 26 business sponsors who attended and supported the September Golf Outing. I would like to also extend a large thank you to Sam Puglisi for organizing the event and Cedarbrook for hosting. Without this event, we would not be able to support our future scholarship recipients!

As a reminder, please keep checking the PSCT newsletter to stay current with any updates regarding the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM grant. The PSCT Board and Scholarship Committee have been hard at work making some changes to requirements and giving the application a fresh look. Tom Van Kuren, the Scholarship Committee chair, is still looking for committee members. If you are interested in participating in the Scholarship Committee please contact Tom at tvankuren@gmail.com.
I also would like to thank Josh Mathes of KaMin for presenting at the September meeting. Josh’s discussion on kaolin clay and its uses as a TiO2 extender was very informative. Utilizing a drawing of Pangea, Josh even showed us how kaolin clay deposits formed in the locations we find them today!

Spots to speak at our PSCT meetings this year are rapidly filling. If you have thought about sharing your expertise with us, this year would be a great opportunity! Our second speaker this year is Dr. Gary Horacek of Troy Chemical who will be presenting at our October meeting on “Preservative Challenges and Strategies for Green Coatings”.
I would also like to announce that for the December meeting this year, we are again planning on doing an event at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Last year, this was a very popular event in which attendees made some great glass ornaments. Please continue to check the monthly newsletter for more information on this upcoming event.

The second meeting this year is scheduled at Roland’s in the Strip District for October 10th. The address for Roland’s is 1904 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

President’s Message September 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

I am honored to be serving as the President of PSCT for the 2016-2017 year. Last year was another well attended year with 52 active members. To keep the ball rolling, we are going to be having a membership incentive drawing at the October 10th meeting. If your membership for the 2016-2017 year is paid in full by September 30th, you will be eligible for the incentive drawing worth $89. The winner of the incentive drawing celebrating our 89th year does not need to be present. I would like to ask all our members to think about someone who might be new at work or outside the organization and take the time to invite them to a PSCT meeting. We always have room for new members!
Just a reminder, there is still time to sign up for the September 8th Golf Outing at Cedarbrook Golf Course. As you may know, the golf event is our main fundraiser for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship. Our future scholarship winners really need you to go out there and chase your golf ball around awhile for this great event!
One of the PSCT key objectives is to promote scholarship to undergraduate students through the PSCT Scholarships. Please read the newsletter throughout the year to stay current with any updates regarding the requirements for the PSCT Scholarship. If you are interested in participating in the Scholarship Committee, please contact Tom Van Kuren at tvankuren@gmail.com. The only requirement for the Scholarship Committee is that you currently do not have a child applying this year.
I am happy to announce that we have several speaker commitments already for the upcoming year, but do have room for a couple more. Please consider sharing your expertise with us or providing us ideas for speakers and topics that you would find interesting. To start off the year, Josh Mathes of Kamin will be presenting at our September meeting on “Kaolin Products for Paint and Coatings”.
Also, I’d like to thank our new board members who have volunteered to support out 2015-2016 year. Those members are: Andy DePage (Director-at-Large); Christina Marlier (Past President); Mark DePasquale (Vice President-President Elect); Chris Gehly (Secretary); Dan Bickford (Treasurer); and Jim Wasik (ACA Liaison). A big thank you to our Membership Chair, Chris Gehly, and our Scholarship Committee Chair, Tom Van Kuren, for their continued support.
The first meeting this year is scheduled at Walnut Grill in Fox Chapel for September 12th. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

President’s Message – May 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

Thank you to our April speaker Jim Reader. His talk on Predicting Defoamer Performance was a great way to round out our technical talks for the 2015-2016 year. I would also like congratulate the Scholarship winners for this year. We are pleased to be able to help these hard working students pursue their goals.

To end our year, we had a Trivia Night on May 9, 2016. This event was a great way for our members to show their expertise in obscure trivia! Team ‘Big MAC’ including team members Chris Gehly, Andy DePage, and Michael Barnes won the contest. Congratulations to them in their victory!

As my time as president comes to an end, I want to thank everyone who has made this year a success. This year would not have been so successful without the amazing Board Members and Committee Chairs: Ken Cutler, Mark DePasquale, Chrissy Stewart, Andy DePage, Jim Wasik, Britney Grabigel, Sam Pluglsi, Tom Van Kuren and Chris Gehly. We had a lot of fun this year, and I look forward to continuing on the PSCT Board next year as the Past-President. I would also like to welcome in the incoming board:

PSCT Officers and Board Members: 2016 – 2017

President Ken Cutler
Vice President Mark DePasquale
Secretary Chris Gehly
Treasurer Dan Bickford
Director at Large Andy DePage
Society Liaison Jim Wasik
Past President Christina Marlier

I look forward to another amazing year for the Pittsburgh Society for Coatings Technology.

Christina Marlier, PSCT President 2015-2016

President’s Message – April 2016

Dear PSCT Members,
I would like to thank Mitch Halpert of Huber for his informative presentation on ATH for Coatings Applications during our March meeting. Our speaker for April is Jim Reader from Air Products. His topic is “Predicting Defoamer Performance in Coating Formulations.” I look forward to an informative session. This is our last technical session this year. This meeting also includes voting on the 2016-2017 board members. The following people have been nominated:
President: Ken Cutler
Vice President: Mark DePasquale
Secretary: Chris Gehly
Treasurer: Dan Bickford
Director-at-Large: Andy Depage
Our May social event this year is Trivia Night at Roland’s Restaurant in the Strip District. The event will be held on May 9th at 6pm. Please sign up for a night of friendly competition and great food. Scholarship winners are welcome free of charge. Information on how to RSVP is contained in this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate a wonderful year of PSCT!
Christina Marlier
PSCT president 2015-2016

President’s Message – March 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Jeffery Strobel from Zeeospheres Ceramics, LLC for his talk on “Ceramic Hollow Spheres in Coatings.” Our March speaker is Mitch Halpert of Huber. He will speak about ATH for Coatings Applications. We are coming to the end of the 2015-2016 PSCT season. There are still many points to address before the end of the year social event.
1) PSCT members with High School and College aged students should encourage them to apply for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship. Any Junior or Senior college student majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math should consider applying for the $500 STEM grant. All information on the requirements are contained later in this newsletter or online. The applications are due March 15.
2) Offer elections will take place at the April meeting. Please consider nominating someone for the following positions: Treasurer, Secretary, Director at Large, Vice President, and President. If you are interested please contact Chrissy Stewart cstewart@kta.com.
3) The May event will be announced at the meeting in March. Please look for information on RSVPing and price in the April newsletter. It will be an amazing event and I great culmination of a successful year. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Congratulations to Jim Wasik for winning the Paint Pot at the last meeting. The new prize is $25 for the March meeting. Remember, you cannot win if you aren’t present!

Christina Marlier
PSCT president 2015-2016

President’s Message – February 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Michael Knight from PCCR for his presentation on “Next Generation Polyester Dispersion for 2K Waterborne Urethane Coatings” in January. This month Jeffery Strobel from Zeeospheres Ceramics, LLC will be giving a talk titled “Ceramic Hollow Spheres in Coatings.”
Looking ahead we only have two months left of speakers. March we will have Mitch Halpert of Huber speak about ATH for Coatings Applications. April we will have a representative from Air Products to speak on Specialty Additives.
Bob Gross missed his chance at $50 so if you attend the next meeting, you could win $75.
The May meeting is our social event. We will soon be choosing a destination for this event. If you have any suggestions please contact any one of the PSCT Board Members.
Finally I would like to remind the PSCT Members with High School Senior and College aged children to encourage them to apply for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship. Students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics fields are also encouraged to apply for the STEM Grant as well. Please review the requirements and deadline which are included in this newsletter.

Christina Marlier
PSCT President 2015-2016

President’s Message – December 2015

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Max Inks from ExOne Company on his very educational and interactive presentation last month. Max has offered to give tours of their facility in North Huntingdon to any of our members. If you are interested in a tour please contact me and I will facilitate with Max.

Congratulations to Bill Hawk on winning the membership drive drawing. If you haven’t renewed your membership yet this year please do so. We are trimming our email list to current members. Please renew so that you stay informed. Please contact Chris Gehly at cgehly@matw.com for any membership questions.

We had sent out a survey of potential places for monthly meetings. Because of the results the board will explore potentially rotating between several locations so that we can accommodate members from different locations. We will keep you posted on the locations, but always remember to check the newsletter to ensure you will be at the right location.

We have substituted a social event for our regular meeting this December. We will be attending the Pittsburgh Glass Center and making holiday ornaments. This event will be on December 15th and we have had a great response and have reached capacity for the event. Look for pictures of the event in the January newsletter.

As a friendly reminder we have moved the April meeting to April 18th due to the interference of the original date with the American Coatings Show. Please update your calendars.

I look forward to seeing those of you attending the December event soon. If I do not see you enjoy the holidays with your family. I look forward to seeing all of you in 2016.

Christina Marlier
PSCT President 2015-2016