Arkema gift to support additive manufacturing lab in renovated Steidle Building

Steidle Building Rendering

January 15, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Arkema Inc., a leading specialty chemicals and advanced materials company, recently made a philanthropic commitment to name a new laboratory in Penn State’s Steidle Building, home of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The building is currently being renovated and is slated for completion in June 2016. The $50,000 gift will support the Arkema Additive Manufacturing Laboratory.

“Arkema is committed to the development of innovative, high-performance materials to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, and we are pleased to reinforce our collaboration with Penn State by making a contribution to support the promising field of additive manufacturing. We are proud to have our name associated with this laboratory and look forward to future discoveries from the Penn State researchers engaged in this exciting area of research and development,” said Ryan Dirkx, vice president of research and development at Arkema Inc. Dirkx has a doctorate in solid-state science from Penn State and is responsible for research and development in North America and research and development coordination between the United States and France.

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