SAMPE 2020 Featured Speakers to be announced. 

SAMPE 2019 Conference Programs showcase the latest advancements in materials and processes. Each conference category includes a variety of programs that inform and educate materials and processes professionals, including engineers, product managers, technicians, and sales and marketing staff.

Featured Speakers


Tuesday, May 21

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Professionals working in advanced materials and processes find themselves at a pivotal moment in history, just as SAMPE’s founders did 75 years ago. The application of advancements in the coming decade will have a transformative effect on societies around the globe – fundamental changes in transportation infrastructure, new breeds of air vehicles, and new frontiers in space that previously were unthinkable. Opportunities abound across virtually all disciplines for the advanced materials and processes community – and some may surprise you. Dr. Hyslop will share his perspectives on how the community can maximize its world-changing impact in the coming years. Read more

"You Will Change the World"

Keynote Speaker: Greg Hyslop, D.Sc.
The Boeing Company, Chief Technology Officer

Awards Breakfast Speaker: Jeff Andrews

Hendrick Motorsports, Vice President of Competition

Presentation: NASCAR’s Evolution and Progression Related to Composites

Thursday, May 23

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

A brief summary of how a wreck in 2001 at the Daytona 500 led to rapid composite innovations regarding driver safety first, and then performance.  How and where composite materials are being utilized in today’s current NASCAR race cars to enhance the performance, safety, cost and time management associated with operating a CUP team in the modern era.

Presentation: Challenges and Opportunities in Structural Bonding and Joining

New carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite materials have transformed the design of aircraft structures, making them lighter and simpler, which increases airplane efficiency and reduces maintenance and fuel consumption. In recent years, aircraft such as the 787 have used CFRP designs throughout critical primary structure including the fuselage, wings, and critical joints.  In order to utilize composite materials most effectively on an aircraft structure, improvements in the methods we use to join parts together need to be devised. Adhesively bonded structures can mitigate localized stresses, reduce fatigue, reduce and simplify part count, and result in thinner structures with fewer penetrations and holes, resulting in more efficient designs.  Additionally, new structural thermoplastic materials are being utilized in more designs.   Read More.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Kay Youngdahl Blohowiak

The Boeing Company, Senior Technical Fellow - Materials and Processing

Tuesday, May 21

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday, May 21

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jan Vandenbrande

DARPA Defense Sciences Office, Program Manager​

Presentation: Advances in Composite Materials and Design Tools

Carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) composites have been the material of choice for decades in DoD systems where minimizing structural weight is critical. However, due to the limitations of manufacturing continuous carbon fiber and forming of the resulting feedstock, the cost of CFRP composites has limited its adoption to medium and large parts where manufacturing costs are on par or better than metal. DARPA's Tailorable Feedstock and Forming (TFF) program aims to disrupt the trade space for small composite parts by developing a composite feedstock material and reconfigurable forming methods that reduces manufacturing complexity and increase use of CFRPs for parts less than 20 pounds at finished costs competitive with metal. Read More

Wednesday, May 22

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 22

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Larry Ilcewicz

Federal Aviation Administration, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor, Composites

Presentation: Composite Material Handbook 17: History, Improvements & Advancements in Technology Transfer

Composite Material Handbook 17 (a.k.a., Mil-Handbook-17 in 2000) has been around for sixty years.  A brief background will be given for historical purposes, followed by a synopsis of recent advances in organizational structure to be more member and user friendly, while gaining industry ownership. Read More

Featured Speakers: Andrea Helbach, AFRL/RXMS, Structures Manufacturing Team Lead, and Dr. Hilmar Koerner, AFRL/RXCC, Research Team Lead

Presentation: Air-Force Responsive Composite Technology Development for the Future

In the fall of 2018, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) invited experts from industry, academia, and government to a workshop to develop the strategic direction of AFRL composite materials and manufacturing investments.  This presentation will discuss the workshop details and the conclusions drawn from it to develop the investment strategy with time for discussions and feedback.

Wednesday, May 22

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presentation: Design to Cost Concept for Thermoplastic Laminates

Thursday, May 23

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The thermoplastic semi-products delivers an excellent performance/weight ratio for structural parts, which are key factors in aerospace industry. The work summarized in this presentation has for objective to improve also performance/cost ratio of thermoplastic composite.

Two key innovations will be highlighted: development of a new interface optimization and of a specific weaving technology for the heavier 12K tow with low crimp. Thanks to these technical breakthroughs, it was demonstrated that the 12K carbon/PEKK laminates exhibit the same mechanical performance level of the standard 3K carbon/PEKK laminates. The influence of these parameters and innovations on the mechanical, thermal and ageing properties of laminates will be presented.

Featured Speaker:  Eric Forest

BGF/PORCHER Group, Head of R&D Transforming


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