ACCE speakers will highlight Tesla and automotive composites R&D

Barrie Dickinson of Tesla Motors and Eann Patterson, director-Composite Vehicle Research Center, Michigan State University, will discuss the future of automotive composites at the Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition, Sept. 15-16.

Barrie Dickinson, director-Body Engineering and now program director for Roadster programs at Tesla Motors (San Carlos, Calif., USA), and the engineer responsible for developing the vehicle’s unique carbon fiber composite sandwich-panel body, will present “Plastics & Composites Solutions for the Tesla Roadster” as a keynote speaker at the ninth-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) on Sept. 15, from 1:15-1:45 p.m., in Troy, Mich.

Dickinson will also be a member of the event’s executive panel discussion on The Role of Composites in the New Automotive Landscape later that day. Dickinson is bullish about the future, saying, “The automotive industry is on the brink of a step change in technology, and new materials and processes will play a large part in enabling this transition.” For those anxious to see the Roadster up close, the automaker is sending a vehicle for display in the conference’s lobby area.

Also at the ACCE, Eann Patterson, director-Composite Vehicle Research Center, Michigan State Univ. (MSU, East Lansing, Mich.), will discuss his university's new automotive composites research center with a talk entitled, “An Innovative Process for Composite Structures from the Nano- to Macro-Scale: A Vision for a New Center” as a keynote speaker on Sept. 15 from 12:45-1:15 p.m. Established in 2007 and headquartered in the Lansing/East Lansing, Mich., area, the Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC) at MSU aims to create a new paradigm in university research centers by its dual focus on collaboration across the length scales (from nano- to macro-), and on collaboration across the innovation process (from breakthrough research to technology validation).  Patterson is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Composite Vehicle Research Center at Michigan State University.  He was chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University from 2004 to 2009, and prior to that he was head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, U.K.). He is a fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London) and of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and is a chartered (professional) engineer.

For more information about the SPE Automotive Composites Conference, Sept. 15-16, visit, or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.


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