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SAMPE 07 Success

19 June 2007

SAMPE 07, held for the first time on the east coast, has been hailed as a success.

The new location brought over 70 new exhibiting companies, with 254 total exhibiting companies and 3,850 attendees. ""The exhibit hall caught the attention of serious M&P companies. We believe our decision to host the SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition on both coasts is a win/win/win for SAMPE, its members and attendees and our exhibitors,"" SAMPE President Ray Miller commented.

SAMPE inducted seven new SAMPE Fellows on the 25th anniversary of the SAMPE Fellow Program. The 2007 honorees were:

Mr. Anthony Falcone (posthumous), The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Dr. Ori Ishai, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Dr. Isao Kimpara, Dept. of Aeronautics, College of Engineering and Director, Research Laboratory for Integrated Technological Systems, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Joseph H. Koo, Solid Freeform Fabrication Consortium, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Mr. Adrie Kwakernaak, Hechting Instituut (Adhesion Institute), Delft Technical University, Netherlands
Dr. Charles Lee, Air Force Office of Scientific research, Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Ballston, VA
Mr. Jayant D. Patel, The Boeing Company, Long Beach, CA

Notable keynote presentations were given Tuesday through Thursday, beginning with Douglas Comstock, Director of the NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program Office. He outlined NASA’s goals for the next 10 years.

Wednesday’s keynote presentation was given by Dr. Starnes Walker, Department of Homeland Security Director of Research, who discussed the role of materials and processes in the scope of Homeland Security and government programs available to fund research.

On Thursday, Congressman Donald A. Manzullo of the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, gave an fervent talk on export control and ITAR regulations. He shared his views, the steps he has taken to address relevant concerns in those areas. He advised attendees about the best way to get the attention, cooperation and support of their local congressional representatives.

Throughout the week, attendees had the opportunity to attend 280 technical presentations, 12 tutorials, a nanomaterials forum and 5 technical panels.

“The response to the conference programs has been especially rewarding,” Jim Harris, Committee General Co-Chair said. “This year’s topics represent industries experiencing the most change. We are happy to offer the most up-to-date programming and especially appreciate the contributions from researchers and engineers who helped make this conference a success.”

SAMPE ’08 will be sponsored by SAMPE’s Utah and Japan Chapters. The conference dates are May 18-22, 2008 and the exhibition dates are May 20-22, 2008. The program will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center.

“Interestingly, exhibit sales for SAMPE 2008 in Long Beach are far ahead of schedule now. We are booking more new exhibitors and our existing exhibitors are booking larger spaces,” noted SAMPE President Ray Miller.