SAMPE ’06 Draws Crowds to Long Beach

05 May 2006

SAMPE ‘06, the materials and processing industry conference and exhibition, ended this week at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.

Nearly 4,300 material & processing industry professionals attended the 12 tutorials, and 250 papers presented in sessions or participated in the exhibition featuring over 230 exhibitors.

According to SAMPE, the exhibitors were particularly pleased with the floor traffic and large crowds were present for the 9th annual Super Lightweight Composite Bridge Building Contest and the 2nd annual Composite Wing Contest. 51 teams of students competed in the bridge contest and 18 teams entered the wing competition. The Dan Guerney All American race car, lightning strike panels and Samsonite X’lite luggage, all products made from composites, were also a hit.

Dr. Tia Benson Tolle, Structural Materials Branch Chief, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and SAMPE International President said, “We are very, very pleased with the responses we have received from our attendees, speakers and exhibitors.”

SAMPE ’06 drew delegates from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 33 countries including China, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Hungary and New Zealand.

On Monday, May 1, SAMPE inducted five new SAMPE Fellows. Dr. Ever J. Barbero, Dr. Lawrence T. Drzal, Dr. John C. Halpin, Dr. Ray L. Hauser and Dr. Keith T. Kedward were recognized for their leadership, passion and vision in the field of material and process engineering.

SAMPE ’07 will be sponsored by SAMPE’s Baltimore / Washington Chapter. The conference dates are June 3 – 7, 2007 and the exhibition dates are June 5 – 7, 2007. The program will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. And, SAMPE ’07 will also mark the 25th anniversary of SAMPE’s Fellows Program.

“Long Beach is a great location for SAMPE,” said Gregg Balko, CAE, SAMPE’s Executive Director. “At the same time, we are excited about next year’s event in Baltimore. The high concentration of materials and processing activity on the Eastern seaboard and Baltimore’s proximity too many key decision makers in the Washington, D.C. area make this a logical destination for SAMPE ‘07. As of yesterday, over 100 companies have reserved their exhibit space for Baltimore, a record number of pre-bookings for any SAMPE exhibition,” Balko stated.

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