February Chapter Meeting

Date: 22 February (Thursday)

Time: 6:00 pm complimentary dinner and presentation will start promptly after dinner

Where: Chimbole Cultural Center, Primrose Room (38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA 93550)

Who: Al Bowers, NASA

Title: The Future of Deep Space Travel


Presentation Abstract:

Travel to the distant outer planets has for decades depended on the use of gravity assist to send deep space probes to their destinations. Though gravity assist greatly reduces the time for travel to the outer planets, it can still take many years (or decade or more) to arrive at their eventual target. What if there was a way to cut the travel time to the outer planets in half? What if one of the great impediments to making this happen was a problem with materials? What is this solution, and why are materials so important? Come and find out what an aero gravity assist trajectory is, and why this is the future of deep space travel…


Al Bowers Bio:

Al Bowers is the Chief Scientist at NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center. Al spent 36 years working for NASA, as a research aerodynamicist and as chief engineer of 20+ aircraft projects. Al has expertise in aerodynamics (subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic) as well as optics and orbital mechanics. Al has served as the Chief of Aerodynamics, the Deputy Director of Research, the Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Aeronautics in Washington DC, the Director of Aeronautics Projects, and now as the Chief Scientist. Al has spent over 20 years working on the problem of flying wings and how birds fly without vertical tails.


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2017 One Day Technical Symposium at the A.V. Fairgrounds

One Day Technical Symposium at the A.V. Fairgrounds, October 4, 2017.

SAMPE high desert chapter is hosting a one day technical symposium on October 4, 2017 with manufacturers of composites and related materials displaying their current and new products. Guest speakers will be presenting a variety of exciting technical papers throughout the day. Snacks and lunch will be served on a complementary basis for symposium attendees. Also, entrance to the Symposium is complementary.

Location: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Hunters Pavilion
Registration: 7:30 A.M.
Technical Speakers: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

• 9 Technical Presentations
• 75 Exhibitors

RSVP Requested, please Pre-register online.
Entrance Fee and Lunch are Sponsored by:


Henkel Corporation

Hexcel Corporation

Airtech International

Parker Hannifin




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June Chapter Meeting

Date: 28 June (Wednesday)

Time: 6:00 pm complimentary dinner and presentation will start promptly after dinner

Where: AERO Institute in Palmdale, 38256 Sierra Hwy, #A, Palmdale, CA 93550

Who: Brian Edgecombe and Rosemary C. Kiser, Materia, Inc.

Title: Leveraging High-Toughness, Low Viscosity Resin in Composite Pressure Vessels

Presentation Abstract:

Materia has developed the Proxima resins for use in applications ranging from continuous fiber composites to high-temperature, subsea pipe insulation. The seminar will focus on the development of Proxima resins for composite overwrapped pressure vessels.  Materia has been funded by the Department of Energy to reduce cost of hydrogen storage vessels that would be used for fuel cell passenger vehicles by reducing the carbon fiber composite wall thickness. The approach replaces traditional wet filament winding processes with infusion of the low viscosity Proxima matrix resin onto dry-wound tanks. The tanks have been evaluated for void content, burst strength and ongoing tests look at pressure cycling under different environmental conditions. The second part of the seminar will review the recent commercialization of casting resins for non-metallic Oil & Gas applications.


Brian Edgecombe

Sr. Director of Thermoset Materials R&D, Materia, Inc.

Brian Edgecombe received his PhD in materials science and engineering from Cornell University with a focus on the polymer chemistry and phase behavior of block copolymers. After graduation, he supported the development of new thermoplastics and sub-micron core-shell rubber tougheners at the Rohm and Haas Company and Arkema. In 2006, Brian joined Materia and has been active in technology development of ruthenium-catalyzed poly-DCPD resins for thermoset and composite applications. He has led research teams supporting applications in wind energy, oil and gas, and automotive segments.


Rosemary C. Kiser

Sr. Manager of Business Development, Materia, Inc.

Rosemary Kiser received her PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford University with a focus on natural product synthesis. She then was a National Institutes of Health and Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech in the research group of Professor Robert H. Grubbs where she studied bioresponsive polymer synthesis and characterization. Rose joined Materia with the business development team in 2011. Over the past three years, she has focused on the commercialization of the Proxima resin technology.


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Upcoming events:
SAMPE High Desert Technical Symposium, Oct. 4, 2017. Pre-Register now

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Exhibitor Info Packet


Reminder - No May Chapter Meeting

The May 2017 High Desert SAMPE Chapter meeting is cancelled due to the Seattle conference.
We resume in June.

For more information about the Seattle conference visit SAMPE Seattle 2017.

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April Chapter Meeting

Date: 26 April (Wednesday)

Time: 6:00 pm dinner and presentation will start promptly after dinner

Where: AERO Institute in Palmdale, 38256 Sierra Hwy, #A, Palmdale, CA 93550  

Who: Jeff Cross, Toray Composite Materials America

Title: Toray’s Role In The Evolution Of Next Generation Carbon Fiber And Prepreg Materials


Presentation Abstract:

Toray’s Role In The Evolution Of Next Generation Carbon Fiber And Prepreg Materials

This presentation will discuss the evolution of PAN based carbon fibers and carbon fiber prepreg materials from their beginnings in the 1950’s to the next generation materials produced today.  We will review the developments that led to the first commercial PAN based carbon fibers and follow the progression through today’s new IM + fibers and prepreg systems used in large scale commerical airframes and defense applications.  


Jeff Cross Bio

Jeff has nearly 30 years experience in aerospace composite manufacturing and materials processing.  Jeff started his career in 1988 with Bell Helicopter working in MR&D focused on innovative tooling and manufacturing process required for composite fabrication.  After Bell, Jeff led the Advanced Development Group at Rockwell International, this group was responsible for many DoD prototype projects such as the Tier II Global Hawk wing design and build, NASP composite cryo tanks and titanium matrix composite structures.

Jeff joined Ciba Geigy in the early 2000’s as an application engineer and moved into a technical sales role primarily concentrated in aerospace tooling, infusion/RTM resins and processes for structural components.

Jeff is currently Director of Business Development (Aerospace), Toray Composite Materials America (CMA).  Toray’s global manufacturing base produces a diverse range of high performance carbon fibers and prepreg materials used for primary structures in aerospace, automotive and industrial applications.

Education: Purdue University, B.S. Aerospace Technology 1987 (Private Pilot/A&P)


Upcoming events:

SAMPE Conference in Seattle, WA, May 22-25, 2017

Note: The May 2017 High Desert SAMPE Chapter meeting is cancelled due to the Seattle Conference.  We resume in June.

SAMPE High Desert Technical Symposium, Oct. 4, 2017. Pre-Register now: