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Materials Engineering Promoted in SAMPE Annual Students Seminar

  • Friday, 23rd September 2005
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The eighth annual Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) UK & Ireland Chapter Annual Students Seminar will provide students with an introduction to the world of materials engineering.

SAMPE UK & Ireland Student Co-ordinator, Dr John Summerscales of the University of Plymouth Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre, explains the background to the competition and gives details of how students can apply to enter.

“Part of the SAMPE remit is to support and encourage young people at the start of their careers in the field of materials and process (M&P) engineering. We offer low cost membership of the Society, which gives students opportunities for continued professional development through specialist technical meetings and industry briefings, plus career progression via access to a wide-ranging network of industry professionals. One of the key aspects of the programme for younger members is the Annual Student Seminar held in conjunction with IOM3. It is open to post-graduate students from any University or Further Education establishment in the UK and Ireland who are engaged in research into M&P engineering”

Applications received will be judged by a panel of experts and the best candidates (usually from ten to twelve) are invited to the Seminar in London where they are asked to make a twenty minute presentation and demonstrate to the judges the innovative elements of their work and that they are capable of making a significant contribution to the industry. Three winners are selected to represent the UK & Ireland Chapter at the SAMPE Europe International Students Conference held in Paris (April 2006).

In Paris they compete with other students from all over Europe and the best student overall wins an all-expenses paid trip to the SAMPE International Meeting at Long Beach, USA (May 2007).

Dr Summerscales adds that “It’s a great opportunity for the best UK and Ireland students to show off their capabilities. The trips to Paris and Long Beach are wonderful prizes to win, but in addition there are opportunities for everyone that enters to gain experience and develop career opportunities all the way along.

UK & Ireland Chapter Past Chairman Roy McCarthy reinforces the support for student participation: “The Student Seminar has been an outstanding success since its inception in 1997,” comments McCarthy, “and the UK & Ireland Chapter has provided three of the winners in the past six years at the SAMPE International Conference in Paris. It demonstrates that although the UK & Ireland are sometimes perceived as losing ground in terms of manufacture in advanced materials and processing, our record of innovation and development stands out like a beacon in an intensely competitive environment. Our Universities lead the way in developing and nurturing new talent. Anything SAMPE can do to help things along is a bonus for the industry”.

Any student (or supervisor) interested should contact Dr Summerscales at +44 (0)1752 23 2650 for an application form on which they can submit a brief abstract (200 words) of their project. The closing date for entries for the competition is 6 November 2005. The call for papers can be viewed at:

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