Radiation Curing Program | RCP
The RCP suite of courses is a key program component supported, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing (Dr. C. Spuches, PI; Drs. Mark Driscoll, Jennifer Smith and Thomas Amidon, Co-PIs). RCP courses reflect the efforts of a team comprised of pertinent academic, educational and industry-based leaders.
We have developed these courses in order to serve those who are currently engaged in radiation and other professionals and aspiring professionals who wish to pursue a documented graduate-level professional development in this area.
Sustainable radiation curing, including ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology, refers to an efficient way in which coatings, inks, paints, adhesives, composites, and other materials are cured almost instantly instead of using traditional materials and methods that are time consuming and require large amounts of energy. In effect, either ultraviolet light or focused electron beams interact with specially formulated chemistries to cure materials in less time, at lower cost, and with greater energy efficiency, and a significant reduction in emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) than traditional methods. These technologies are an integral component of multiple economic sectors, and thus impact numerous and varied occupations and organizations.
The Certificate in Radiation Curing Technologies is an inter-disciplinary, collaborative effort involving academic and related industrial, public and private sectors. Organizations in Central New York, New York State and the U.S. who comprise a national advisory council are:
- RadTech International North America
- Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY)
- New York State Department of Labor
- Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc.
- The Manufacturing Institute
- Onondaga County Workforce Investment Board
- Central New York Technology Development Organization
- CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO)
- New York Academy of Sciences
- Partners for Education & Business
- New York State Energy Research Development Authority
Support to course development and implementation is provided by
- Dr. Chuck Spuches, Project Director, U.S. DOL H1B grant; Associate Provost for Outreach, SUNY-ESF
- Howie Hollander, Program Manager, U.S. DOL H1B grant, ESF Outreach
- Dr. Doreen Monteleone, Program Manager, Outreach and Recruitment, U.S. DOL H1B grant
- Sean Nicholson, Technology Coordinator, U.S. DOL H1B grant, ESF Outreach
- Brandon Murphy, Technology Coordinator, U.S. DOL H1B grant, ESF Outreach
Dr. Gary Scott is Chair of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering and its Biomaterials Graduate Option area. He is also Director of the Division of Engineering at SUNY ESF and Assistant Provost for Assessment and Academic Initiatives. Gary holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Chuck Spuches is Associate Provost for Outreach at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Adjunct Associate Professor in the graduate school of education at Syracuse University. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University and Certificates from Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Higher Education Executive Education Program. Chuck is Principal Investigator of a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing (PI team: Drs. Charles Spuches, Mark Driscoll, Jennifer Smith and Thomas Amidon) that supports RCP.
Academic Advisory Council
Dr. Arthur J. Stipanovic, Professor, Department of Chemistry, SUNY ESF (former Chair, Department of Chemistry). Art holds a Ph.D. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Polymer Chemistry. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, SUNY-Binghamton; Development Chemist, St. Regis Paper Company; and he has held various research and technology management position with Texaco Research and Development.
Dr. Karin Ezbiansky Pavese, Adjunct Associate Professor, SUNY ESF. Karin earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (her Dissertation title was A Novel Approach to Chloride-free Spin-on Glass Films and Rhodium and Ruthenium Catalyzed Silylation and Reduction of Arenes), and a B.S., Loyola College in Maryland (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She was Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability, at The New York Academy of Sciences from 2008-12; Science and Technology Congressional Fellow, Office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman; and a Technology Six Sigma Black Belt (Leadership Role), General Electric where her work entailed UV/EB industrial applications.
Dr. Thomas E. Amidon, Professor and Director, Empire State Paper Research Institute, SUNY ESF (former Chair, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering). Tom holds a Ph.D. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prior to teaching, research and administrative positions at ESF, Tom held various positions at International Paper from 1976-2000, including Laboratory Manager, Corporate Research Center; Manager, Primary Process Development, Corporate Research Center; and Quality Improvement Process Facilitator, Process Technology, Mobile, Alabama. Tom was a key collaborator on a previous US DOL H1B-related post-baccalaureate course sequence project.
About SUNY ESF
Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is the nation's oldest and most respected college dedicated solely to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. The ESF campus occupies 12 acres in Syracuse and 25,000 acres on its regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. The ESF student body consists of approximately 1,650 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students. ESF alumni number more than 18,000 worldwide.
ESF offers 24 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs to choose from, including bachelor's, master's and doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in the sciences, engineering, forestry and landscape architecture. Associate degree programs are offered at ESF's Ranger School in the Adirondacks.
US News & World Report ranks ESF among the “Top 50 Public National Universities” and one of the top 50 “Great Schools at Great Prices.” Forbes magazine ranks ESF the 3rd best college in the nation for women in science and engineering.
ESF is home to the Institute for Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing (ISMM), and its component Ultraviolet Light/Electron Beam Technology Center. ISMM’s mission is to study, develop, and transfer the latest technologies in sustainable materials and manufacturing, and to educate manufacturers, students, and others about the benefits of these technologies through formal and informal instruction and training. RTC courses advance and fulfill ISMM’s mission and ESF’s outreach mission.
Related Links and Resources
Radiation Curing Program | RCP
- December 2012 RadTech Report: "SUNY-ESF Solidifies Links with Radiation-Curing Industry"
- September 2013 RadTech Report: "SUNY-ESF UV/EB Technology Center Advances Radiation-Curing Technologies"
- Visiting Student Guide to ESF Courses: Summer Session and Academic Year (PDF)
- Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing
- Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing: Trends, Strategies, and Applications Webinar series
- Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician Certification (CPT)
- NYSERDA Grant Powers ESF Center to Aid Manufacturing
- $1.3 Million Federal Grant to ESF Supports Job Training
- Blog post: Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing
- RadTech Press Release: SUNY-ESF Offers New Sustainability Initiative
- RadTech International North America