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Schedule of Events 

Colloquium, Sponsored by NASA, ACMA, and SAMPE

Virtual via Zoom


Monday, November 15, 2021

9:00 am – 9:20 am - Opening Remarks
Dr. Christopher Roberts, Dean Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Erin Richardson, Materials Engineer at NASA (Master of Ceremony)

9:20 am – 9:30 am – Introduction Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites
Maria L. Auad, Director Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites (CPAC)

9:30 am – 10:00 am - The future of polymer and composites in the aviation/defense sector
J.D. McFarlan, Vice President, Lockheed Martin

10:00 am – 10:30 am - Technology readiness level: from basic research to industrial applications
Raj Manchanda, SAMPE Chief Technology Officer

10:30 am – 10:35 am - Break

10:35 am – 11:30 am - Panel - TRL 4-7 - “Innovation in Composites Manufacturing”
John Vickers, NASA Principal Technologist, Space Technology Mission Directorate (Moderator)
John S. Tomblin Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)
Craig Neslen, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Gerald Russell, President at Russell Technical Consulting Services LLC
Sandi Miller, Aerospace Research Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center
Matt Triplett, Lockheed Martin

11:30am – 12:10pm - Automating Composites Production
Sherri Murrish, V.P. Manufacturing Engineering, GKN Defense Business Line
Robert Harper, Director – Business Development & Applications for Fives Composites

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch – Virtual Students Poster presentations

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm - Panel 2 – TRL 1-3 – “Cutting Edge of Composites”
Allan David, Associate Professor, Auburn University (Moderator)
Blake Marshall, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy
Emilie J. Siochi, Principal Investigador, NASA Langley
Jim Warren, Director of the Materials Genome Program, NIST
Bruce Kramer, Senior Advisor, NSF
Trevor Gundberg, Vice President of Composite Engineering, Vectorply Corporation

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm – Break

2:05 pm to 4:00 pm – Workshop: Design, Production Process Selection and Challenges in Manufacturing of Modern Composite Parts.
Professional Improvement (2 Continuing Education Credits)
Andrew Pokelwaldt, Director, Certifications, American Composites Manufacturers Association, ACMA