March Chapter Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time:  6:00 P.M. Dinner; Presentation promptly after dinner.
Location:  AERO Institute
38256 Sierra Hwy. #A
Palmdale, CA 93550

Topic:  Novel Kapton ® Films

1. Clear/White Kapton Films (low color)

2. Kapton® QR – (High strength films)

3. Kapton TF Film (Formable grade)

4. Kapton® RS films (Resistive grade)

SPEAKER: Carl Haeger and Jonathan Weldon, DuPont Electronics Materials

Carl R. Haeger, Research and Design Planner, DuPont Electronics Materials R&D:

Carl has over 20 years in various films/laminates manufacturing technical, management and supply chain positions within the DuPont Kapton® and Pyralux® business, including over 8 years developing new films/laminated products and applications within R&D. Carl received his in BS Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1988, and his MBA from The Ohio State University 2004.

Jonathan A. Weldon has recently joined DuPont as a Research Investigator. Jon is developing applications and technology for Novel Kapton® films as well as providing RF applications support for Pyralux laminates. Jonathan received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Christian University in 2006 and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University in 2010.  Jon has a broad background as an RF Applications Engineer.


February Chapter Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time:  6:00 P.M. Dinner; Presentation at 7:00 P.M.
Location:  AERO Institute
38256 Sierra Hwy. #A
Palmdale, CA 93550

Topic:  An Overview of Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composites

SPEAKER: Barrett Jackson

Mr. Jackson has over 30 years of experience with advanced ceramic materials.  The past 15 years has been devoted to oxide ceramic matric composites (CMC).  He has worked on programs that matured from R&D test laminates to production components, developing materials and processes to meet the challenges of fabricating intricate CMC parts.  He was part of the team that fabricated the largest CMC parts to be flight tested – the Boeing nozzle and center-body for the CLEEN program.  

Currently Mr. Jackson is part of the production team for the GE Passport engine CMC exhaust components at Composites Horizons.  Additionally he continues to work on developing new oxide CMC materials and processes to meet future challenges.

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2015 Symposium Update

High Desert SAMPE Technical Symposium
September 30, 2015

7:30 a.m. - Registration
4:30 p.m. - Wrap-up

Location: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Lancaster, CA.

12 Technical Presentations
50 Material Supplier Exhibitors

Entrance and lunch are free of charge
Lunch sponsored by:




Technical Presentations 

0800-0900 Keynote Speaker: John Kardos Professor of Chemical Engineering (Emeritus), Department of Chemical Engineering, Washington University: Critical Issues in Achieving Desirable Mechanical Properties for Discontinuous Fiber Reinforced Composites: Some Myths and Historical Reflections.

Sessions (1/2 Hr. each; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

0900-0930 Dr. Andrew J. Guenthner, Senior Chemical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory: Terminating The "Terminal Group" Fallacy in Composite Resins 

0930-1000 Dr. Benjamin G. Harvey, Research Chemist, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Divi sion: High Temperature Thermosetting Resins from Sustainable Feedstocks 

1000-1030 David Dunaj, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division: Composites Laboratory NAWCWD China Lake 

1030-1100 Thomas Rosengren, MATECH: Ultra High Temperature Ready C/ZrOC CMC for Hyper sonics — Alternate Presentation to be announced. 

1100-1130 Jason Lamb, ERC, Inc.: Non-Toxic Multifunctional Silsesquioxane Diamine Monomer for Aerospace Polyimides 

1130-1200 Steve Slaughter, M&P Engineer, Scaled Composites: Inflatable Pressure Intensifier for Lower Cost Large Component Out-of-Autoclave Composite Processing 

1200-1300 Lunch 

1300-1330 Vince Bailey, NONA Composites, LLC: The High Temperature Solution to No Oven - No Autoclave Composite Parts and Tooling 

1330-1400 Mark Dirks, Dupont: Novel Polyimides 

1400-1430 David Dahl, Applications Engineer, Stratasys: Additive Manufacturing of Composite Tooling using FDM 

1430-1500 David Leach, Henkel Aerospace: Improving the Value of Aerospace Composites Struc tures 

1500-1530 Dr. Brian Allen, Chief Staff Metallurgist, Dynamic Sytems, Inc.: The Total Combined Thermal (High-Temperature), Physical Material (20 Ton Force) Simulation Test System For Aerospace, Defense and Other Heavy Metal Developers 

1530-1600 Brian Flaherty and John Kefeyan, Parker Hannifin Corporation: Specialty Materials and Fabricating Technology for RF & EMI Shielding Applications

For more information please view our Symposium Flyer PDF 


One Day Symposium at the A.V. Fairgrounds

One Day Symposium at the A.V. Fairgrounds, September 30, 2015.
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds - Hunter Pavilion

SAMPE high desert chapter is hosting a one day symposium on September 30, 2015 with manufacturers of composites and related materials displaying their current and new products. Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Kardos, Professor of Chemical Engineering (Emeritus), Washington University St. Louis. 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. RSVP requested.

Registration: 7:30 A.M.
Keynote Speaker: 8:00 A.M.

• 10 Papers presented
• 50 Exhibitiors
• Complimentary admission
Pre-register online


Come and join us for and exciting SAMPE high desert chapter techincal symposium.

2015 Symposium Flyer (updated 9/29) - Schedule and sponsor list 

RSVP Requested, Please RSVP here or email the following:

Dr. Shaw Lee

Hank Marchionni



May Chapter Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time:  6:00 P.M. Dinner; Speaker at 7:00 P.M.
Location:  AERO Institute
38256 Sierra Hwy
Palmdale, CA 93550

Topic:  Sundance, The first practical solar airplane

SPEAKER: Dr. John Hunter

John obtained his doctorate in theoretical particle physics from The College of William and Mary in 1984.  He ran the Super High Altitude Research Project (SHARP) 400 foot long hydrogen gas gun in the 90s at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. SHARP launched scramjets at Mach 9 and set other records.  He founded Water Station in 2000, a non-profit supplying water to desert travelers at 140 Water Stations on the Southern California border.  Dr. Hunter also started Citizens for All American Canal Safety, which resulted in the installation of 100 safety lines with buoys in the All American Canal.  John worked with a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team delivering gun truck armor kits to US soldiers in Iraq during 2004 and 2005. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, USA today, Smithsonian Magazine and the National Enquirer. Dr. Hunter currently manages two companies: Sundance Solar LLC and Star Sports LLC.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited space please RSVP to Dr. Roger Fountain:    phone: 661-572-5019
Ashok Shah:   phone: 661-572-7243

Mark your calendars – SAMPE High Desert Symposium is coming up in September 30!