March Chapter Meeting

Date: 22 March (Thursday)

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

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

Who: Matthew Lindberg, Momentive Performance Materials

Title: Thermal Intterface Material (TIM)


 Presentation Abstract:Thermal Interface Material (TIM)

A thermal interface material (TIM) is one that is able to conduct heat. Typically, thermally conductive materials are used as an interface in the pathway between a source of heat, and a heat sink designed to draw heat away from the source. Silicone TIM products are often used because of their ability to operate in extreme environments and their low modulus. With electronics becoming smaller and power requirements on the rise, increased heat in a concentrated area is becoming more prevalent than ever. It is therefore necessary to better understand silicone TIM materials to determine which forms will best suit your particular application.


Matthew Lindberg Bio:

Matthew Lindberg is an Account Manager and Application Development Engineer at Momentive Performance Materials. His’s focus has been on silicone formulations for the Aerospace and Defense organizations for the past 10 years. Along with his work experience, Matthew served 8 years in the United States Army Reserves in the Military Police Corps. Matthew spends most of his time traveling to Aerospace organizations, reviewing applications and working with end users to either qualify existing products or develop a solution when one isn’t currently available. He received his BS in Biology from UCLA and MBA from Keller Graduate School. He is a member of SAMPE as well as SAE G8 & G9 committees.


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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