The American Injection Molding Institute (AIM; Erie, PA), a plastics educational and research organization, announced the graduation of the first class to complete its plastics technology and engineering (PTE) program. The students began the integrated multi-course program at the beginning of 2015 and concluded their exams in December.
According to AIM founder John Beaumont, "the mission of the institute is to help advance the injection molding industry by delivering high-quality science, engineering and technology-based educational programs developed specifically for practicing professionals. The multi-course PTE certificate program is a first of a kind. The program is designed to provide high level foundational knowledge to help graduates use critical thinking to solve problems and to be more innovative in the development of plastic products."
A recent inductee into the Plastics Hall of Fame and former professor and program chair of the plastics engineering technology program at Penn State, Beaumont used both his academic and industry background to develop the AIM Institute.