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The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) concluded its annual SAMPE Tech Conference and Exhibition 22 – 25 October, 2012, at the Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, South Carolina, US, drawing 1,456 delegates, making it the largest technical event geared toward advanced materials and processes (M&P).
Katie Thorp, President of SAMPE and Branch Chief of the Soft Matter Materials Branch at AFRL/RXAS summed up the week’s events, “SAMPE condenses a wealth of education, peer networking, and industry activity into a four-day event that is immensely valuable to M&P professionals. This level of engagement is unparalleled and unique to SAMPE.”
A growing exhibit hall featuring 160 companies, 30 of which were new to SAMPE, accompanied the conference. SAMPE also co-located with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which produced the Manufacturing with Composites Conference.
On Tuesday, Director of Mid/Aft Body Assembly & Integration William J. (Willy) Geary with Boeing South Carolina opened the conference with a keynote presentation on “Composites: Revolutionizing Flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Beyond”. His address covered various lessons learned regarding the extensive use of composites in airplane manufacturing and Boeing’s thoughts on what role composites might play in future product development.
Bill Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Engines operation with GE Aviation addressed delegates on Wednesday. His keynote address on “Composite Materials… Enabling Breakthrough Performance in GE/CFM’s Next Generation Engines” focused on GE’s commitment to composite technology, its use in current and next generation engines, and the need for innovation in the future.
SAMPE is already looking forward to next year’s conference, which will take place 21 – 24 October, 2013, in Wichita, Kansas, US.
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