October Chapter Meeting

Date: 26 October (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: Barbara Wheelden, Thermal Analysis &Rheology Applications Engineer, TA Instruments, Waters LLC

Cost: FREE! (please RSVP)

Details: Abstract and speaker bio below.

Tools for Composite Characterization: Thermal Analysis & Rheology

Barbara obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010.  She then studied under Dr. Sunggyu Lee in the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Lab of Ohio University, where she was involved in the development, processing, and analysis of bio-based and biodegradable polymer blends and composites.  During this time she was awarded an NSF fellowship to participate in the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Program, where she worked alongside researchers at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.  Barbara began working at TA Instruments in January of 2015 as a thermal applications engineer and has since taken on a rheology applications role, as well.


Please join us and pass the word!

RSVP Today


Upcoming events:

Quadrant Thermoplastics Symposium (qaadsevent.com): Nov. 3, Long Beach, CA


Tri-Chapter event - Tomorrow

Date: 19 October (tomorrow!)

Time: 6:00 pm dinner

Where: Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA  90650

Who: Dr. Scott Beckwith, SAMPE Global Techincal Directo, SAMPE Fellow (2003)

Title: Composites Manufacturing Issues (“Defects”) in Sporting Goods and Consumer Products

Cost: No Charge for program. RSVP: please email Joyce Lentz, NASCOCEO@aol.com
phone 949-240-6353

Composites Manufacturing Issues ("Defects") in Sporting Goods and Consumer Products
with Scott Beck, SAMPE Global Technical Director and SAMPE Fellow (2003)


Aerospace and Industrial composite products and structures try hard to avoid manufacturing defects. Sure, they occur but they more often have critical design, manufacturing and inspection controls in place to try to capture defects before they occur in products that go into service. Sporting goods and consumer products, maybe not so stringent -- or maybe not at all. What are we seeing in things that consumers buy and use every day? Recent lawsuits on composite high performance road bikes, composite arrows, sound system battery trays, ladies razor blades, and other every day products shows several interesting types of defects as well as poor manufacturing and process controls. Examples of high performance road bike failures of composite forks, steerer tubes, cranks, down tubes, spokes, foreign objects within laminates and other things -- bring out a number of issues within several industries that require more attention. Examples of defects found within common carbon fiber and plastic structures indicates the need for better consumer standards that would minimize severe injury and death seen from these product failures.


Dr. Scott Beckwith, SAMPE Global Technical Director and SAMPE Fellow (2003) has been involved in the composites industry since 1965 after receiving his BS in Aerospace Engineering (Texas A&M University, 1964) and MS in Aeronautics (California Institute of Technology, 1965). He received his PhD from Texas A&M University (1974) in composite materials technologies associated with viscoelasticity and fracture behavior. He worked for Hercules from 174-1992 and has been an active adviser and consultant to the US Government holding four Presidential appointments associated with carbon fiber technology and composites materials and manufacturing. He has been the SAMPE Global Technical Director and Editor of two of SAMPE's publications since 1998.


·  Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 
Park in Parking Lot C-10 (off of 166th Street), Building ME, Room ME-1
NOTE: A PARKING PASS IS NECESSARY TO ATTEND THE MEETING.  Click Here to download your parking pass.


6:00 pm Speaker

Have some complementary pizza and soft drinks. No Charge for Program!

This Meeting is also meant to introduce Composites and Plastics to young adults. Please bring your high school or junior high school students to the Meeting.

Reservations: E-mail Joyce Lentz, NASCOCEO@aol.com, Phone: 949-240-6353
Fill out our Online Form


September Chapter Meeting

Date: 28 September (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: Dr. Reza Rokni, USC

Cost: Dinner is $15 (please RSVP)

Title: High Pressure Cold Spray Technology and its applications for coating, repair, and additive manufacturing

Biography: Dr. Reza Rokni, Postdoctoral Associate, M.C. Gill Composites Center, University of Southern California:

 He joined USC in Oct 2015. He studied at Tehran University, Tehran, Iran, earning his bachelor’s and then Master’s degree in Materials & Metallurgical Engineering in 2004 and 2008.  In 2011, he started his PhD at South Dakota School of Mines & technology (SDSM&T), South Dakota, USA, in Materials Science & Engineering. His areas of interest are related to research and development (R&D) of additive manufacturing processes including cold spray process, friction stir processing and other severe plastic deformation processes, with especial focus on design-processing-microstructure-mechanical properties relationships.

Dr. Rokni’s main objective through his research has been to perform interdisciplinary R&D on additive manufacturing processes, especially high pressure cold spray, to ensure continuous improvement in repair, refurbishment, and fabrication of parts and components for various industries. His work has been recognized with several different awards such as, The 2014 Mines Gold Medalist, Best Presentation Award at the 2015 Annual International Thermal Spray Conference, etc. He has also been involved in humanitarian and leadership activities including being president and treasurer for International Student Inc., and team leader for Food Bank community service society.

Dr. Rokni’s desired goal is to enable US industry to succeed in distributed operations and increasingly complex environments through realization of superior materials processed by additive manufacturing processes, and make the USA a better place for living.

Please join us and pass the word!

RSVP Today


Upcoming events:

CAMX (thecamx.org): Sept. 26-29, Anaheim, CA

SAMPE High Desert October Chapter meeting (Oct. 26):  Dr. Ghazal Alipour, TA Instruments

Quadrant Thermoplastics Symposium (qaadsevent.com): Nov. 3, Long Beach, CA


June Meeting at A.V. Winery

Dear SAMPE High Desert Chapter Friends,

Come to our meeting
June 22 (Wednesday) starting at 6:00 pm!
Location:Antelope Valley Winery (note location is not our usual venue)

20th W and a little North of Ave M in the Quartz Hill area.
https://goo.gl/nbq3c8 (map)  Websitehttp://avwinery.com/,

Bring friends and family!

Antelope Valley Winery features divine wine gift baskets filled with California wines, exotic game, and wine accoutrements. Antelope Valley Winery hosts seasonal seasonal Farmer’s markets and also special label small runs with a customer’s logo/artwork for special occasions and events.  There will be AV Winery staff for an informal Q&A session about the process intricacies of winemaking!

Winetasting ($5) includes 2 each from 1)White/Rose, 2)Dry/Red and 3)Sweet/Sparkling.  There are 4 or 5 options in each category.

Our Sponsors:



April Chapter Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time:  6:00 pm dinner and presentation will start promptly after dinner (note earlier presentation time)
Location:  AERO Institute
38256 Sierra Hwy. #A
Palmdale, CA 93550

Topic:  Advances in Weaving Technology


SPEAKER: A.J. Kapadia, Sales Engineer, Hexcel Corporation

A.J. has recently joined the Hexcel Americas Aerospace Sales and Marketing Team. He has over 12 years’ experience in business development for reinforcements, and since 2001 has held a variety of sales and operations positions at Hexcel. In his most recent role, A.J. was responsible for new business development for Hexcel’s Industrial Business Unit.