Company: Pennsylvania College of Technology
Location: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States
Vii Rice, an instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of plastics and polymer engineering.
Leveraging nearly a decade of experience in her chosen field, Ms. Rice has distinguished himself as a faculty instructor at her alma mater, the Pennsylvania College of Technology since 2016. In this capacity, she teaches up to five classes regarding polymer science – a subfield of materials science concerned with the properties of plastics and elastomers – in manufacturing, and serves as the co-head of her department. Ms. Rice previously worked as a process engineer on behalf of W.L. Gore & Associates from 2013 until 2015, during which time she helped ensure continued production and improved manufacturing processes.
Prior to embarking upon her professional journey, Ms. Rice cultivated a particular talent in mathematics and science. Uninterested in traditional mechanical and chemical engineering, the specificity and unique applications of polymer processing and chemistry drew him toward her current field. She sought a formal education at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering, summa cum laude, in 2013. Driven by a conviction that one must never stop learning, Ms. Rice studied further at Lehigh University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in polymer science and engineering in 2022. To remain aware of developments in her field, she has maintained her affiliation with such organizations as the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Among her most cherished accomplishments, Ms. Rice is most proud to have aided in the relocation of a multimillion-dollar extrusion process from Arizona to Maryland, which supplied fluorinated materials for hernia and brain patch applications. Additionally, she is gratified to have been bestowed with such accolades as an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022. In accounting for her success, she largely credits the support and encouragement of her professors and colleagues, as well as her propensity for asking questions. Looking toward the future, Ms. Rice aspires to complete her academic career and obtain a doctorate in either manufacturing or process engineering. Professionally, she hopes to remain in academia, while expanding upon her portfolio as an industry consultant.
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