For its first time in Seattle, the annual SAMPE event attracted 70 new exhibiting companies, with 300 total exhibiting companies, and over 350 technical presentations and eight tutorials.

“Throughout the week we received enthusiastic feedback from all types of attendees,” says SAMPE Executive Vice President Allan Crasto, Associate Director at the University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio. “Many people were overwhelmed by the success of this event and are already making plans to attend next year in Long Beach.”

On Monday 17 May, SAMPE inducted six new SAMPE Fellows into the SAMPE Fellow Program:

  • Gail L. Hahn, The Boeing Company;
  • Jose M. Kenny, Ph.D., University of Perugia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
  • Vsevolod G. Lutsau, Ph.D. (Posthumous), IMASH, Mechanical Engineering Research Center, Moscow, Russia;
  • Yasushi Miyano, Ph.D., Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Materials System Research Laboratory;
  • Stephen W. Tsai, Ph.D., Stanford University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and
  • Douglas D. Ward, GE Aviation.

The conference officially kicked off Tuesday with a keynote presentation presented by Professor Morinobu Endo from Shinshu University, Japan, on High-Performance Carbon Nanotube-Incorporated Polymeric Nanocomposites.

Wednesday's keynote presenter Frank Doerner, Vice President – Materials, Processes & Structures Technologies from Boeing Research & Technology gave a talk on New Materials and Processes Driving Boeing’s Products Forward.

SAMPE 2011 will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, on 23-26 May and will be co-located with Aeromat 2011.

SAMPE is the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering and is headquartered in California.