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SAMPE Fall Technical Conference 2005 Sets Attendance Record

04 November 2005

The SAMPE Fall Technical Conference set attendance records for its annual composites event, attracting to 1000 industry and academic delegates.

SAMPE said that nearly 1000 material and processing engineers, scientists, technologists and educators converged on the Washington State Convention and Trade Center for three days of meetings, a day of tutorial programming and two days of exhibits. They also added that 80 companies exhibited at the event.

Dr. Tia Benson Tolle, Chief, Structural Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH and SAMPE International President states, “The response to this conference is outstanding. It certainly demonstrates the need our industry has for leading-edge technology. Filling this need has been SAMPE’s objective for over 60 years. Though the technologies and forum evolve, SAMPE’s value is a great now as it was when SAMPE was first founded.”

“We are especially happy with the attendance at our first nano-technology conference sessions,” said Conference Co-Chair Dr. Karl Nelson, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. “Seattle has always been a popular destination for this meeting. This year’s response has been most gratifying for all of us on the organizing committee,” commented Conference Co-Chair, Dr. Barry Van West, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. The conference was organized by SAMPE’s Seattle Chapter.

One of the highlights of the busy schedule was the presentation by Col (ret.) Mark Brown, NASA Astronaut (ret.) at Wednesday evening’s dinner at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

The next SAMPE Fall Technical Conference will be on November 6 – 9, 2006 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, TX. The program will be sponsored by SAMPE’s New Jersey and Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapters.

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