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SAMPE Annual Tri-Chapter Meeting
Los Angeles Chapter * Orange County Chapter * Inland Empire Chapter

MEETING DATE CHANGE * Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Emerging Technologies in Composite Materials

Dr. Abdel Abusafieh, Cytec Engineering Materials


The growth in the aerospace market has exploded in recent years. With the success of Boeing’s 787, the push for new material developments is being largely driven by the commercial aircraft sector. This growth has led to a new and larger demand for composite materials. To meet these material demands, novel multifunctional materials are required. The multifunctional composites will come from enhancements to existing low cost processing techniques such as RTM, VaRTM and rapid thermoplastic processing. These solutions will not only come from new processing techniques but also from new fields of material science, such as Nanotechnology. This talk will focus these emerging technologies and the drivers which led to this new exciting period in the history of composite materials.


Dr. Abusafieh is currently a Product Development Manager at Cytec Engineered Materials (CEM) in Anaheim, California. His group’s primary responsibility is to develop and engineer new products and processes for aircraft structural components using CEM’s resin systems and perform reinforcements (Unidirectional, woven, braided, and NCF’s). Prior to joining CEM, Dr. Abusafieh worked at ATK Space Systems in San Diego, California, as a Senior Staff Scientist leading the development of advanced composite technologies for space-based telescope mirrors and optical benches, satellite reflectors, solar panels, high- temperature radomes, and electronics enclosures. Before ATK, Dr. Abusafieh was a Research Assistant Professor at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering. Dr. Abusafieh holds two patents and has published over 30 publications in leading scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has given several invited talks and seminars on composites in aerospace applications.


The Jagerhaus in Anaheim, 2525 East Ball Road, just west of the 57 Freeway, on the North side of Ball.
Turn right at the first driveway. Phone 714-520-9500. GoogleMap Link


5:30 pm Social 6:30 pm Dinner 7:15 pm Speaker $15 with reservation or $20 at the door. Student rate with reservations $5 or $10 at the door.

Reservations:: Call the LA Chapter Hotline number 310-318-8155. For program only, no cost.

Patrick Murphy, Winner of O.C. SAMPE’s Scholarship Award
For scholastic achievements in the field of Physics, Patrick Murphy was presented the $500 SAMPE Scholarship Award for 2006 by Darrell Reed. Patrick has been employed at OCM Test Laboratories since 2004.
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Dennis Kariger’s father, Ben, passed away on January 1st.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Dennis, his mother, sister and brothers.

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