SAMPE Fall Technical Conference 2007 a success

SAMPE's fall gathering in Cincinnati attracted 800 attendees. Exhibit space was sold out.

SAMPE’s (Covina, Calif.) Fall Technical Conference was a success, drawing 800 attendees for advanced conference programming and a sold out exhibit hall. Materials and processing (M&P) engineers, scientists, technologists and educators converged for four days of unparalleled educational programming.

Offering advanced education through the implementation of four specialized tracks, SAMPE set a new precedent for M&P conferences. The four conference tracks featured tutorials, papers sessions and panel discussions focusing on the four fields experiencing the most growth and highest demand for advanced education: Nanomaterials, Propulsion, Computational Materials Science, and Morphing.

"The response to this conference has been outstanding. The draw of the four special conference tracks have demonstrated the need this industry has for technology advancement in these fields,"said Michael McCabe, University of Dayton Research Institute and SAMPE General Co-Chair.

This year's fall conference also featured a luncheon, with Stephen Bonadies, Chief Conservator at the Cincinnati Art Museum speaking about the science of art conservation. Mr. Bonadies expressed the challenges facing art conservators and the art they work to preserve. The talk complimented the conference theme "From Art to Science: Advancing Materials & Process Engineering."This theme was carried on throughout the conference, with an art contest sponsored by the SAMPE Midwest Chapter and a panel discussion titled "Design as a Fundamental Process for Transdisciplinarity 'Art to Science': Educating Engineers”. Led by James Seferis, this panel discussion explored the innovation of design and art in multiple disciplines crucial to the success of engineers.

"The conference attendees' exposure to such a wide range of leading edge technology presentations, was what made this well-organized technical conference a success,"said Bob Griffiths, SAMPE President.

In addition to the strategic conference planning, the sold out exhibits, spread over three exhibit halls, provided attendees the opportunity to meet with exhibitors representing all facets of the industry.

The next SAMPE Fall Technical Conference will take place September 8-11, 2008, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. SAMPE's Michigan Chapter will sponsor the program. Joining SAMPE will be the American Society for Composites and ATSM D-30.