This year’s Western Plastics Pioneers scholarship recipient is a senior at Western Washington University, majoring in plastics and composites engineering.Levi Hamernik is a senior, a member of the local Society or Plastic Engineers (SPE), and is working towards a degree in polymer science . He intends to continue his studies and seek a post graduate degree in polymer engineering or another material science related field.
Mr. Hamernik’s goal is to pursue a career working on the research and development of next generation materials. His research interests include sustainability, advanced composites, and biomedical applications.
At Western Washington University, he has worked on research projects conducting resin system development, characterization, and composite processing for aerospace applications. Levi has also been involved in a sustainability based project investigating fungal degradation and organic volatile adsorption of commodity plastics. Most recently he worked in a mechanical engineering lab at Case Western Reserve University, conducting research on the development of an elastomeric polymer skin for a biologically inspired robotic worm.