Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering


SAMPE is the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. The society, formed originally in the US, is now globally recognised as the leading professional body for engineers and technologists associated with advanced materials and processes. SAMPE is active in Europe through SAMPE Europe and in the UK and Ireland via the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter.

Details about the benefits of membership can be found here.

For further information and enquiries please contact the Chapter Secretary Trevor Cook.


SAMPE Global is a worldwide organisation devoted to the promotion of technical excellence in materials and process engineering. It has global membership strength of more than 6000 professional engineers, scientists and technologists. The origins of SAMPE date back to 1940s in Southern California, USA. During the 50s the organisation spread nationally throughout the US as the Society for Aerospace Material and Process Engineering. In the 1960s Chapters were set up in Europe and Japan

In 1973 the Society was renamed to reflect the broader membership beyond the aerospace industry. SAMPE has grown to become the leading professional body worldwide concerned with materials and process engineering. Since 2014 SAMPE Global comprises three “Regions”: SAMPE Europe, SAMPE Japan and SAMPE North America as well as 8 International Chapters located elsewhere. Conferences, seminars and local chapter meetings are now held in North America, South America, Japan, Korea, China and Europe, including the UK and Ireland.

Europe region

SAMPE Europe started in the 1980s as the SAMPE Europe Chapter and now has over 1000 individual members from more than 25 countries across the continent. Today SAMPE Europe comprises a number of chapters and clubs and is managed by the SAMPE Europe Board, headed by the European President - who is elected for a period of two years. The SAMPE Chapters in Europe are: Benelux , Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and UK/Ireland plus a SAMPE club in Russia.

The SAMPE Europe Board of Directors is headed by the SAMPE Europe President and includes officers plus national representatives - all unpaid volunteers elected by the membership of the respective Chapters and club. SAMPE Europe co-ordinates membership administration throughout Europe and organises a major International Conference annually. The SAMPE Europe President is a member of SAMPE Global Board of Directors.

UK & Ireland chapter

SAMPE activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland date back to the early 70s via international membership and subsequently the UK Club was created as part of the original European chapter formation. The UK & Ireland Club became a full chapter in 2001, the first European club to do so.

Currently there are around 125 members, which makes it one of the larger Chapters in Europe. The UK have made a significant contribution to SAMPE over many years supplying 3 of the 15 or so European presidents (Geoff Meades, Trevor Cook and Bob Griffiths) as well as the first SAMPE International President from outside the USA (Bob Griffiths). It has also provided a consistently strong technical input to the preparation and organisation of the European Conferences. The Chapter is maintained and run by an organising committee (comprising up to 20 members) elected by the membership of the Chapter at the AGM. The Chapter arranges an interesting and 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. Some of the main topic areas covered include:

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

For applications in sectors including:

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

News bulletin

Announcing the 2018 Student Seminar, 5th July, IOM3, London
  • Are you a PhD or Research Masters student investigating advanced polymer composites?
  • How about representing SAMPE UK at a European Conference?
  • Would you like the chance to win expenses paid attendance at the SAMPE Europe Conference in September this year?

Register to attend the 2018 Student Seminar - deadline 7 June 2018.

The Young Members' Travel Grant

The call for applications is open until the end of August. This call will now run twice yearly. See the Students Matter page for details.

SAMPE Europe Conference 18: Papers under review

The final deadline for submitting an abstract has now passed, and papers are now under review.

The tutorials to be offered have now been selected and they will be posted here as soon as all the details are finalised. Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey.

Annual Seminar and Table-top Exhibition 2018

The seminar review and presentations are now available to view.

Membership Awards 2018

This year, the following people have been awarded long service SAMPE membership pins: 25 Years: Andrew Mills. 15 Years: John Gearing. 10 Years: Paul Stacey. 5 Years: David Scholfield; David Inston; Stefanos Giannis; Andrew Sharpe; Adrian Williams; Matthew Such.

Member News

Andrew Mills has been elected Fellow of the IOM3.

If you have any news to feature here, please contact Alison McMillan

Member Requests

Mr Patrick O' Brien has just joined SAMPE and wishes to make contact with specialists who are engaged on the use of flax and natural fibres in commercial and industrial composites. He is interested in the elucidation of structural deformities in flax fibres which may impact on their use in composites. [2018-03-01]

If you have any requests to feature here, please contact Alison McMillan

Social Media Links

Did you know, SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter has a LinkedIn page. Please join and get involved.

This part of the site is currently under construction, and further social media information will be posted here as and when it is available.