Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering

Students Matter

We actively encourage postgraduate students and young engineers in industry to develop their careers in advanced materials and their processing, particularly advanced composites.

Why join SAMPE?

  • Networking opportunities. Becoming part of the SAMPE family provides fertile interactions with the industry early on in your career
  • SAMPE supports your continuous development through meetings and Seminars in the UK and globally
  • Reduced membership fee for students and young engineers
  • Technical Papers accessed by website are available at no cost to you
  • SAMPE Journal - respected quarterly publication with cutting edge articles

The membership application form can be found here.

The UK and Ireland Chapter runs two programmes specifically for students/young people, which are described below.

Annual Student Seminar

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:

  • Geoff Neale (Ulster): "3D woven glass preforms for crash energy absorption structures"
  • Lourens Bloc (Bristol): "ALM printing carbon TPs"
  • Ghilane Bragagnolo (Surrey): "Flexural behaviour of CF fabric PMI core sandwich panels for car floor impact resistance"
  • Wini Obande (Edinburgh): "In mould polymerised acrylic TP RTM"
  • Riikka Hasa (Imperial): "Multilayer unusual lay up CF epoxy inspired by sea shells"
  • Danijela Stankovic (Edinburgh): "Tensile strength investigation of ultra strong CF suspension bridge strut joints"

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.


The "composite" photo shows, from left to right: Danijela, Riikka, Geoff, Natalia, Andrew, Carwyn, Ghilana and Lourens.


About the Student Seminar series

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:

  • One year SAMPE young members membership
  • Expenses paid to attend the seminar competition

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


Student and Young Researcher Travel Grants

The call for applications for grants is currently closed, but future funding calls will be announced here soon!

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:

  • Recognise the travel grant award in any presentation or poster
  • Submit a short report on the event identifying the benefit derived
  • Include in the report a picture of the recipient at the event
Reports by recipients of travel grants in previous years

Eligibility criteria:

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 aged 25 or under.

Need to know more?

Contact Andrew Mills, the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter Student Co-ordinator.

News bulletin


The SAMPE Europe Conference 18

This conference was hosted by the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter, in Southampton in September.

Conference included three tutorials, the Student Seminar competition, two plenary lectures, five plant visits and an Automotive Special event, over 60 contributed presentations, 24 posters, and an evening at Beaulieu National Motor Museum followed by a Network Dinner.

The student prize winners were Paul VAN DER SYPT (European Champion 2018) and Alice LAMARO (best Master student).

For more details about the conference visit the Event Archive.


The Mort Kushner Award

The Mort Kushner Award was presented to David Carlton during the SAMPE Europe Conference 18. This is one of SAMPE Global's most prestigious awards, for exceptional service to the Society.

David Carlton (centre) receives the Mort Kushner Award, presented by Brent Strong (left) President SAMPE Global and Andy Long (right) Chair of SAMPE UK & Ireland


Andy Long retires as Chapter Chair

Professor Andy Long has been the chair of SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter these last 13 years. This has been a long period of service during which there have been many developments in composites, and new generations of personnel joining the committee. Andy has been instrumental in the leadership of the Chapter, and it is very fitting for his "Swan Song" to be the SAMPE Europe event in Southampton.

As we say goodbye and farewell to Andy, we extend a welcome to Tim Wybrow who is taking up the role.


The next Annual Seminar?

We expect to bring you news of the 2019 Annual Seminar in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space!


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