SAMPE Tech 2009 in Wichita

SAMPE's 2009 Fall Technical Conference will be held in Wichita, Kan.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) has selected Wichita, Kan., home of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University, for its Fall Technical Conference scheduled for Oct. 19–22, 2009.

SAMPE is a professional membership society with 5,000 members worldwide, whose primary work is in advanced materials, including composites. Aviation and aerospace companies and research facilities like NIAR are at the leading edge of many advanced materials developments and applications.

"The SAMPE technical conference is one of the premier events in the advanced materials industry that provides interchange among some of the best scientists and researchers in the world,"said Dr. John Tomblin, NIAR executive director.

"Wichita is rapidly becoming recognized as a leader in advanced materials manufacturing, and having this conference within the region provides additional opportunities for the area to display its unique attributes within this specific advanced manufacturing cluster that exists within Kansas.”

SAMPE Executive Director Gregg Balko expects attendance at Wichita to be higher than other fall conferences because of Wichita's good name in the industry, especially among the aviation and aerospace industry. About 800 to 1,000 people are expected to attend. Attendees include engineers, scientists, technologists and educators.

"We are very pleased to select Wichita for this conference,"Balko said. "Our professional members know Wichita for its reputation in the advanced materials field.”

In addition to the Fall Technical Conference, SAMPE also holds a national spring symposium and regional symposiums in the United States, as well as international symposiums.