The 2018 SAMPE UK & Ireland Student Seminar was held at the IOM3 in London on 5th July. This event was heavily subscribed, with six smart students all giving impressive talks.
The judging panel comprised Andrew Mills, Carwyn Ward and Natalia Becerra.
The student presenters were:
The winners were Riikka and Geoff, who repeated their presentations at the SAMPE Europe conference in Southampton in September, along with the winners from the other SAMPE Europe chapters.
In the "composite" photograph shown above, from left to right: Danijela Stankovic, Riikka Hasa, Geoff Neale, Natalia Becerra, Andrew Mills, Carwyn Ward, Ghilana Bragagnolo and Lourens Bloc.
We actively encourage young engineers in industry and postgraduate students to develop their careers in advanced materials and their processing, particularly advanced composites.
The membership application form can be found here.
The UK and Ireland Chapter runs two programmes specifically for young engineers and students, which are described below.
John Summerscales manages a website full of composites careers information:
The annual seminar competition is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate research students to present their work to a panel of independent judges. Typically, 2nd year PhD, 3rd year EngD, or Masters research students participate.
Every year the student Seminar is held in late spring, usually in London. Up to six students are selected to participate in the seminar competition from all of the applications received by the deadline, and are chosen on the fit to the brief, content, novelty, technological innovation, and its application. If chosen to compete the seminar you will get:
The winner(s) of the completion will be invited to take their presentation forward to represent SAMPE UK + Ireland in the SAMPE European student seminar, held every autumn, in various EU countries; and could even go on to represent SAMPE Europe in the following SAMPE US Technical Conference in Long Beach, CA (all expenses paid).
To see how this competition can help in your future career, see this case study where a previous winner talks about its impact on their career
The selection criteria for Travel Grants is based upon the relevance of the applicant’s research to SAMPE’s interest in high performance composite materials development and associated manufacturing technology.
The intention of the grant is to spread the support as fairly as possible within the SAMPE community; therefore, previous recipients of a SAMPE UK & Ireland Travel Grant are not eligible to reapply.
We expect the recipient of a SAMPE travel grant to:
A "young person" is defined as a postgraduate student studying advanced composites materials or processing at a university in the UK or Eire. Alternatively, a professional engineer working with advanced composites in industry at an early career stage.
We wish to be inclusive, particularly those who might be later career-changers, and encourage anyone who might benefit to participate.