SPE ACCE announces call for papers for 2019 conference

The SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Expo has announced a call for papers, part competition nominations and scholarship applications for its annual event Sept. 4-6, 2019 in Novi, MI, US.


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The SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE, Troy, MI, US) team has announced a call for papers, part competition nominations, and scholarship applications for its 19th annual event September 4 - 6, 2019 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, US.

“Composites – Forming the Future of Transportation Worldwide,” is the theme for this year’s event reflecting interest from automotive, heavy truck, and other transportation OEMs in the latest plastic composites technologies. The ACCE features technical sessions, panel discussions, keynotes and exhibits highlighting advances in materials, processes and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastic composites in a variety of transportation applications. The Automotive and Composites Divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Bethel, CT, US) jointly produce the ACCE to educate the industry about the benefits of composites in transportation applications.

The 2019 ACCE technical program will  include 80 – 100 papers/presentations on industry advances organized into the following categories: Thermoplastic Composites; Thermoset Composites; Virtual Prototyping & Testing; Reinforcement Technologies; Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing; Nanocomposites; Enabling Technologies; Sustainable Composites; Bonding, Joining & Finishing; Carbon Composites; Fast Processing/High Performance Composites; and Business Trends/Technology Solutions.

Paper abstracts are due April 15th, 2019 and final papers or non-commercial presentations are due June 15th, 2019.  Authors who submit full papers in the proper format will be considered for the conference’s Best Paper Awards, which are presented during the event’s opening ceremony. A template for papers can be downloaded from the SPE ACCE website online via speautomotive.com/acce-forms.  Abstracts can be submitted online via SubmitACCEpapers.com.  

An innovative composite part competition is open to all ACCE attendees. Parts may be OEM or aftermarket on a vehicle available for sale anywhere in the world or a development/prototype demonstrating a significant advancement in composites technology. Companies interested in showcasing their products and/or services and nominating an innovative composite part for the competition should contact Teri Chouinard at teri@intuitgroup.com and go to speautomotive.com/acce-conference for more info and a nomination form. Nominations are due June 30th, 2019. 

The ACCE Scholarship Awards are open to graduate, undergraduate, and community college students, anywhere in the world, pursuing degrees in: Polymer Science, Composites, Plastics, or a related Engineering discipline. Last year’s program included four $2,000 USD awards ($8,000 USD total) sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). One of the $2,000 USD awards was targeted for a student attending a college or university in the state of Michigan. This year’s program will likely follow the same format. In addition to a letter of recommendation from an advisor or mentor (and other SPE foundation requirements), students must provide a succinct two-page essay explaining how their planned work or research will benefit polymer composites usage in the automotive or other ground-transportation industries. Winning students of the 2019 scholarship awards are required to present their research results in person at the next year’s SPE ACCE conference planned for Sept. 9-11, 2020.

The Dr. Jackie Rehkopf endowed scholarship includes up to $5,000 USD for a full-time graduate student studying engineering or science with plans to work in the field of transportation composites. If there are no qualified graduate applicants, two $2,500 USD awards may be awarded to suitable undergraduate applicants. As with the ACCE scholarships, a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or mentor (in addition to other SPE foundation requirements) and a two-page essay is required showing planned work and how it benefits composites usage in the transportation industry. Work supported by the scholarship must be formally presented at an SPE technical conference, like the ACCE, or published in an SPE technical journal.  

Applications for both scholarships are due April 1, 2019.  Students interested in submitting applications should contact foundation@4spe.org or call 203.740.5457.