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Former GKN Westland’s composites engineer Bob Griffiths has been elected Executive Vice-President of SAMPE International, the global Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, and will follow on from Ray Miller to become International President of the Society in July 2007.
He will make history as the first non-US citizen in the forty-year existence of SAMPE to take the top office.
Griffiths, who was President of SAMPE Europe in 2000-2, is thrilled at the prospect: “It’s a great honour to be asked to do such an important and influential job and I am looking forward to the challenge with great enthusiasm but also with some trepidation as a Briton and a European in ‘uncharted’ territory. I am grateful to my colleagues in SAMPE Europe and particularly to my friends in the UK and Ireland Chapter for their unflagging support over the years. SAMPE continues to grow strongly, with steadily increasing membership throughout the world, and I sincerely hope to engineer positive change to address the growing multi-national character of the society and truly reflect the democratic wishes of the membership.”
After more than 30 years service with Rolls-Royce, Smiths Aerospace, Westland Helicopters and GKN Aerospace, Bob Griffiths established his own specialist composites consultancy company, ERG Ltd, in 2001 and has been involved successfully in a range of individual projects for a variety of major clients, as well as playing a key role in the market development of a number of M&P product initiatives, particularly Quickstep and Aztec.
UK and Ireland Chapter Chairman Andy Long is among the first to applaud Bob’s unique achievement: “I have absolutely no doubts that Bob will make an outstanding International President and really make a difference. All the members of the UK & Ireland Chapter join me in wishing him good luck and success, and trust that in the heady corridors of power he does not forget where his roots are.”
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