Professor Emeritus John Vlachopoulos, FCAE, of McMaster University, was recently honoured with the Bruce Maddock Award of the Extrusion Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers and also delivered the University of Akron`s 2014 SABIC lectures. SPE Maddock Award recipients are to have contributed significantly to the advancement of single screw extrusion technology or associated processing technology by providing experimental achievements and understanding to the fundamentals of the process