SAMPE 2020
Featured Speakers

Distinguished professionals enhancing industry education.

Each conference category includes a variety of programs that inform and educate materials and processes professionals, including engineers, product managers, technicians, sales and marketing personnel.

Informing and educating the advanced materials and process engineering community.

Keynote Speaker: Amanda Simpson
Airbus, Vice President for Research and Technology

Tuesday, May 5 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Awards Breakfast Speaker: Dr. Thomas R. Kurfess
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Chief Manufacturing Officer

Democratizing Advanced Materials

Thursday, May 7 | 8:00 am - 9:15 am

Kurfess is responsible for the strategic planning for advanced manufacturing at ORNL. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced systems by rapidly developing, scaling and integrating new technologies into production operations. During 2012-2013, Kurfess served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position, he had responsibility for engaging the federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. Learn more.


Materials for Extreme Environments at DARPA DSO

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Dr. William Carter | Program Manager |DARPA 

Dr. William Carter will give an overview of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), provide an overview of the current national security and global trends that are shaping direction of the office, and discuss opportunities to approach and engage DARPA and DSO Program Managers with ideas and concepts that address current and/or anticipated future national security challenges. He will overview his interests in developing new materials for extreme environments, including hypersonic platforms, space structures and deep ocean vehicles, as well as new tools for materials development driven by connection to future platform performance. In particular he will discuss the DARPA MACH program and new concepts in large space structures. Learn more.

Composites Certification-Lessons Learned and Applications to Other Advanced Materials and Processes

8:00 am - 9:30 am | Cynthia Ashforth | Senior Technical Specialist | Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

This presentation will cover proven certification principals for mature composite material systems and processing techniques and discuss how those can be extended to new composite materials and other advanced materials and processes, such as additive manufacturing. Topics will include material and process control, the use of building block and point design approaches, and methods to avoid detrimental aging effects. Learn more.

Carbon Fiber and it’s Composites: A Journey from Lab Scale to Large Scale 

8:30 am - 9:30 am | Dr. Merlin Theodore |Director | Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)

Carbon fiber and Composites research is focused on reducing production cost of industrial-grade carbon fiber by approximately half to enable widespread deployment in high volume, cost-sensitive industrial applications. Carbon fiber is a strong, stiff, lightweight enabling material for improved performance in many applications. However, use of carbon fiber composites in cost-sensitive, high-volume industrial applications such as automobiles, wind energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure is limited because of today’s relatively high price. ORNL research and development efforts enables a broader use for advanced composites by lowering carbon fiber costs through innovations such as use of alternative precursors and new technologies.  Learn more.

How New Collar Jobs can Bring Back the Middle Class

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Sarah Boisvert |Founder | Fab Lab Hub

Blue collar jobs have become digital New Collar jobs utilizing innovative technologies like 3D Printing, AI, laser micro machining and robotics.  Many of these jobs do not require college degrees and offer opportunities for engaging, well-paying careers through specialized training like micro-credentials.  This presentation will describe the Future of Work, explain new training models and explore the socio-economic impact of changes happening in workforce. Learn more.

Organic Matrix Composites in Aerospace Engine Applications

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm |Dr. Hillary Huttenhower, Xiaomei Fang |Pratt & Whitney

Organic matrix composites have a long history in jet engine applications due to their durability and inherent weight advantages thanks to their high strength to weight ratios.  This talk will focus on the specific materials systems of interest for jet engines, both the accomplishments that have been made as well as the long term challenges facing the industry as these materials reach the limits of their capability.  It will also look at how recent government funded programs have allowed Pratt & Whitney and others across the industry to work together in order to begin addressing these challenges. Learn more.

Composites Tanks and Structures for Space Launch - Recent Developments in Europe

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Dr. Matthew Jevons | Senior Systems Engineer | MT Aerospace

MT Aerospace is the premiere supplier of propellant tanks and structures to the European Ariane launcher programs. This presentation will take the audience through recent and running developments in fibre reinforced plastics applications aimed at increasing the performance of the European heavy launchers in the years to come. Learn more.