Jim deVries, staff technical specialist at the Ford Motor Co., will present, "The Role of Composites in a Changing Automotive Landscape." He will discuss historical perspective of automotive composites, key drivers affecting the selection of automotive materials, current opportunities of composites in the automotive industry and future needs for lightweight and green materials.
Mr. de Vries has spent 27 years working on various research programs within Ford Research. These programs included paint and adhesive interfacial chemistry characterization; surface-related phenomena associated with automotive materials; and most recently development of advanced composite and magnesium manufacturing processes. He coordinates long-range and applied research, both internally and through industry and government consortia. Many of his efforts have been directly transferred to Ford Motor Co. vehicle programs.
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