Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering


SAMPE is the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, with a current predominant focus on high performance composites. The society is the leading global professional body for engineers and technologists associated with this field.

Benefits of membership can be found here.

For enquiries please contact the Chapter Secretary Trevor Cook.

UK & Ireland chapter

SAMPE activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland date back to the early 1970s and became the UK & Ireland Chapter in 2001.

The Chapter is run by an organising committee elected by the membership of the Chapter at the AGM, which is generally held during the Annual Seminar. The Chapter arranges a varied programme of events including:

  • Chapter meetings and industry visits
  • Joint meetings with other organisations
  • Annual Conference/Seminar
  • Student activities include and Annual Seminar and Awards, usually held in June
  • Travel Grants for Young Engineers


SAMPE deals with a wide range of materials, technologies and manufacturing processes. Topic areas include:

  • Advanced polymer composites (thermosets and thermoplastics)
  • High performance fibres
  • Automation
  • Hybrid composites
  • Textiles
  • Repair techniques
  • High performance adhesives
  • Structural analysis
  • Ballistic protection
  • Metal matrix and ceramic composites
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Additive manufacturing

Sector applications include:

  • Aerospace and defence
  • Automotive
  • Civil engineering structures
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Energy generation
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Infrastructure
  • Marine
  • Sports and leisure
  • Transportation

News bulletin

SAMPE Europe Conference 18: Updates

There has been an excellent respone to the call for papers and the detailed session planning is now under way.

The Tutorials Programme for 11 September is as follows:

  • A Thermoplastic Composites in Aerospace: Materials, Technologies and Applications
    Arnt R Offringa MSc
  • B1 Design and manufacture of large composite structures
    Prof John Summerscales and Dr Richard Cullen
  • B2 Tooling Technologies for Composites Manufacturing: Additive, Metal, Composites, Rubber, Shape Memory, Molds and More
    Dr Scott W. Beckwith

The Plant Visit programme scheduled for 12 September is also finalised. This year the options include an Automotive Special comprising F1 Talks and guided tours of Beaulieu Motor Museum. The Plant Visits are to Formaplex, Sunseeker, GE Aviation Ltd, Ben Ainslie Racing (Jaguar Land Rover BAR), MouldCam and RNLI College. Places on some of these visits are limited, and we would advise delegates to book early to have the best chance of securing their preferred visit.

Both tutorials and plant visits can be selected on Registration.

Travel grants: special deadline of 31 July 2018

We invite Students and Young Researchers to apply for travel grants to attend the SAMPE Europe conference in Southampton. To celebrate this and to support student and young UK and Ireland SAMPE members, there will be three travel grants, worth up to £350.

2018 Student Seminar

The 2018 Student Seminar will be held 5th July, IOM3, London. The event was heavily subscribed, and the deadline for applications to attend has now passed.

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Social Media Links

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