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Strong Technical Program and Growth at SAMPE 2003

22 April 2003

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) has indicated registrations for its largest annual Exhibition and Symposium is running ahead of last year’s program.

SAMPE 2003 is scheduled to take place May 11-15, 2003 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA with additional activities being held in nearby sites in order to meet the needs of the expanded program this year.

Over 235 technical papers will be presented and included in the SAMPE 2003 Proceedings – with strong technical program sessions covering such hot topics as: anomaterials/Nanocomposites, Infrastructure Technology, Automated Processing, Fire Safe Materials, High Temperature Resins, RTM/RFI/VARTM Technology, Testing and Inspection, Preforms, Advanced Methods in Design and Analysis, E-Beam Curing, Ceramics/Metals/Metal Matrix Composites, Polymer and Reinforcement Technology and Wind Energy.

In addition to the technical papers, several panel sessions were developed to focus on critical growth technologies. The SAMPE Technical Committees, of which there are 13 representing current M&P industry and market segments, were organized to provide an afternoon panel that provides the first ""Technology and Market Trends in Advanced Materials and Processes"" update for SAMPE 2003 attendees. The panel was organized with the goal of providing the overview of international M&P needs, goals and current market trends in technologies represented by SAMPE. SAMPE 2003 also offers several other distinguished panels on ""Marine Technol-ogy: Process, Reinforcements and Resins for Today’s Hottest Marine Machines"" and ""Nanomaterials/Nanocomposites: National Perspectives.""

The Keynote Address is being presented by Jens Hinrichsen, Airbus Industries, on ""The A380 Technology Platform: A Market Driver for Suppliers."" With Airbus currently developing the A380 as the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Keynote Address will highlight the significant challenges in the design, materials selection, and manufacturing process integration for this gigantic technology platform. The Airbus A380 is currently pushing the state-of-the-art in M&P and establishing new guidelines which strongly influence market competition among the world’s key commercial aircraft manufacturers and suppliers. Immediately following the Keynote Address, the Keynote Panel on ""Leveraging Advanced Materials and Processes to Create Value"" will include a distinguished industry group following the Keynote Panel Speaker, Dr. Chao-Yih Chen, Director General, Industrial Development Bureau of Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan, ROC on the topic ""From Made-in-Taiwan to Designed-in-Taiwan.""

Floor demonstrations – for the first time in many years, SAMPE 2003 will feature several active technology demonstrations on the Exhibition floor during the exhibit days. The National Composites Center (NCC), Why Not Composites and Verdant Technologies will put on floor demonstrations that involve composite infrastructure and bridge deck applications, resin infusion molding processing, channel-assisted RTM (CARTM), FRP composite girder technology, civil engineering applications and reinforcing lamina infusion media. NCC will also be hosting its annual spring business meeting at SAMPE 2003 for its Member companies.

NASA and the Interagency Working Group on Fire and Materials (IWGFM) are also providing active technology panels, presentations and technology briefings during SAMPE 2003. NASA is providing the special Luncheon Speaker, Dr. Jeremiah Creedon, Associate Administrator (Aerospace Technology Enterprise) with a talk on ""Advanced Materials and Processing Technologies for Aerospace Systems."" NASA is also making presentations through a series of technology briefings on NASA’s ""Advanced Materials Program: Bringing Space Technology Back Down to Earth"". The IWGFM, headed by Usman Sorathia (Naval Surface Warfare Center) is being recognized by SAMPE for holding its 10 th anniversary business meeting at the SAMPE spring show, as well as, its continued strong support with numerous technology sessions on fire materials technology.

SAMPE Tutorials, always a popular educational function, are again being offered at SAMPE 2003. A series of 10 educational half-day tutorials on various topics of interest to the M&P engineer, program manager, business development manager, scientist, educator and student are being offered during the first two days of SAMPE 2003.

SAMPE’s annual Bridge Building Contest, with over 70 entries last year, will again be held on the SAMPE 2003 Exhibition floor because of its popularity. The SAMPE Fellows Banquet will induct four new SAMPE Fellows during the week as well.






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