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SAMPE Conference & Exhibition
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.

Awards Breakfast Speaker: Scott Berry

Vehicle Development & Certification | Joby Aviation

Building the Team to Build the Dream

Thursday, April 20 | 8:00 am - 9:15 am

How a small aviation startup is going vertical to become a global air taxi service.

Joby Aviation is in the process of certifying their S4 EVTOL aircraft so they can begin operating their on-demand air taxi service to radically improve how people commute in densely populated areas. 


Scott has a wide range of knowledge and experience in the development and certification of advanced fly-by-wire aircraft. At Joby he has helped build out the flight test and systems engineering teams and drove the early stages of the certification efforts with the FAA. Prior to joining Joby, he spent over a decade in the Mojave desert at the General Atomics R&D center where he oversaw the project engineering and design engineering groups developing and flight testing large un-piloted aircraft. 


Scott has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly and is an active instrument and commercial rated pilot in both rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft. He is happily married to his better half and has 6 young kids with a goal to fly them around the world in a Grumman Albatross in the near future.

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Bill Bihlman

President | Aerolytics

Bill Bihlman founded Aerolytics in 2012, a strategic management consultancy dedicated to aerospace materials, manufacturing, and the global supply chain. He started his career in 1995 as an engineer at Raytheon Aircraft. Bill supports SAE International’s AMS (Aerospace Material Specifications) consensus standards for advanced materials and manufacturing.  

Bill has a BSME, MSME, and PhD in IE from Purdue University. He also has an MBA and MPA from Cornell University, and is a licensed private pilot. 

Advanced Material & Manufacturing Systems to Support Advanced Air Mobility 
Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am  

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is an emerging marketing with extremely aggressive design and operation targets. Material, and increasingly, manufacturing play a vital role. This presentation will evaluate these systems in the context of a traditional aviation paradigm. In the process, the presentation will address the following questions: What are the primary considerations for material selection for AAM aircraft? What are the barriers to implement these new material systems? Are there any concerns regarding the health of the associated supply chains? 

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David Hauber

Technology Engineer | Trelleborg R&D

David Hauber has almost 50 years of experience in advanced composites, additive manufacturing, and robotics. He helped start Automated Dynamics, now TSS Albany, in 1984 holding the position of VP of Engineering before moving to Trelleborg R&D in 2021. He was one of the original inventors of additive manufacturing and was instrumental in the development of in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composites. His educational background is BS physics, MSEE and MS business. He and has published over 40 technical papers and holds 9 patents with 4 pending.

Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Composite Structures
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Additive manufacturing has redefined what we can create and how we create it. The dream of automatically “printing” advanced composite structures has yet to be fully realized but there has been much recent progress. 

This presentation will outline the history, current state, and future prospects for additive manufacturing of advanced composite structures.

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Dr. David Song

Sr. Principal Technologist |  Advance Materials and Manufacturing, Blue Origin

Dr. David Song is the Senior Principal Technologist for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, leading an R&D team to develop materials and manufacturing technologies for all programs and business units at Blue Origin. David has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry and holds more than 60 patents in a broad range of technologies. Throughout his career, David has received several prestigious awards honoring his technical leadership, including “Engineer of The Year” by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2012, Outstanding Young Engineer by the National Academy of Engineering in 2013, and “Asian American Engineer of The Year” by CIE/USA in 2018.

Invent & Reinvent, Materials and Manufacturing Technologies for The Age of Commercial Space Exploration
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

After decades of government-led space explorations and related technology development, the time has come for the private sector to take the central stage in establishing an affordable and sustainable commercial space economy. Materials and manufacturing technologies play a critical role in achieving that goal. In this talk, David will discuss how advanced materials and manufacturing technologies help address the many challenges in developing the next generation launch vehicles, space vehicles and commercial Low-Earth Orbit infrastructures through improving quality, efficiency and reusability, and lowering cost and cycle time.

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Joe Fox

President |  FX Consulting

Joe Fox is president of FX Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm for the specialty chemicals and materials industries. He is a 40-year veteran of the chemicals industry, having worked at Standard Oil of Ohio, BP America, Ashland Chemical and INEOS Composites. Joe is an active member of ACMA and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He currently serves as co-facilitator of the Infrastructure & Construction working group for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

Opportunities for Composites in Infrastructure – Now and in the Future
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am 

There is an extremely good fit between Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites and the present and future infrastructure needs of our nation and the world. This presentation will illustrate that fit by connecting FRP composites to ASCE’s 2021 Infrastructure Report Card and various scenarios in ASCE’s Future World Vision. Key attributes and benefits of FRP composites will be described, with particular attention paid to resiliency and sustainability. The presentation will also include a summary of opportunities and funding opportunities for composites tied to the Infrastructure bill passed in 2021.

John Davidson MSc

Product Director | Cygnet Texkimp

JJohn Davidson has 41 years in the carbon fibre manufacturing industry, designing, building and running carbon fibre production lines. Developed the world’s first continuous carbon fibre composite recycling process based on pyrolysis.

The Evolution of Carbon Fibre Composites Recycling
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am 

A review of Carbon Fibre Recycling over time, the players, their methodologies and the challenge of re-use.

Deborah Tomek

Senior Advisor, Space Infrastructure and Logistics/ISAM | NASA

JDebi Tomek has over 23 years of research and technical management experience and began her career with NASA Langley. Debi has served as a researcher, principal investigator then executive of numerous inter- and intra-Agency programs. Debi’s early research in dynamic stability was instrumental for numerous space vehicles and led to work on the Space Shuttle leading a team that obtained critical re-entry data of the Orbiter. After four years in the Administrator’s Suite leading Agency technical capability assessments she returned to Langley as Chief of Staff before becoming Deputy Director, then Director, of the Space Technology Directorate. She shepherded pre-formulation of the National Initiative for On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM). This led to her current appointment as NASA Senior Advisor for OSAM and National Initiative lead. Ms. Tomek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University.

Manufacturing a Space Ecosystem: How ISAM will Change What We Do in Space
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm 

This session will cover National Strategy work and how it could alter and grow the manufacturing and engineering process sector and advanced concepts work. 

Trevor A. Gundberg, P.E.

Vice President of Composite Engineering |  VectorPly

Trevor Gundberg joined Vectorply in 2006 as a Composite Materials Engineer, previously holding technical positions within the composites industry at both Toray Carbon Fibers America and DIAB Inc. He has since been Director of Composites Engineering from 2010 to 2020 and is now Vice President of Composite Engineering. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University (with a minor in Chemistry), a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama.

Design and Application of Non-Crimped Fiber Reinforcement Fabrics for Structural Composite Laminates
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm 

A comprehensive view of non-crimped fiber (NCF) reinforcement fabrics from the point of view of Vectorply, and how they are and have been utilized to produce efficient laminated composite structures. Recent developments and hurdles encountered within the NCF industry will be discussed including the use of more sustainable inputs such as natural fibers to meet customer demand for greener applications.

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