President’s Message – November 2017

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Dr. Shanti Swarup of PPG for taking time last month to speak to all us about his work on the ‘Appearance in the Automotive Compact Painting Process’.  It was very interesting to gain an understanding of all that goes into painting a car.  It’s great to see that efforts are being made to reduce energy consumption and VOC output, while still maintaining the coatings performance and appearance.

I would like to remind everyone that we are still looking for Scholarship Committee members for this year’s Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM Grant.  The only requirement is to be an active member and not have a student applying this year.  Please contact myself or Karen Hollertz if you would like to take part in such a great cause.  Our contact information can be found at the end of this newsletter.  Also, if you have a student that qualifies for the scholarship this year, we urge you to check out the application attached to the end of this newsletter or on our website at

I am proud to announce that we will be hosting another December event at the Pittsburgh Glass Center this year.  Come out and celebrate the end of the year with some light refreshments, a glass demo and then a hands on opportunity to make a holiday gift for that special someone.  The event will be on Tuesday, December 5th.  Take a look for more details in this month’s newsletter.  If you or your company would like to make a food or drink donation for this year’s event, please contact myself or send an email to  We appreciate all of the support our members offer.

Lastly, come and join us at the Walnut Grill in Fox Chapel on Monday, November 13th.  This month’s speaker will be Roger Carmany, a technical consultant for Palmer Holland.  His talk is entitled ‘Sunblock and Solarscaine, the Mechanism and Selection of Ultra Violet Light Stabilizers’.  I hope to see everyone there for what should be a very technically informative talk.

Mark DePasquale

PSCT President 2017-2018       


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