SAMPE UKIC held its first annual Composite Design and Make competition on 12th September 2019 at the University of Nottingham, in conjunction with the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub open day. Six teams competed to build the tallest freestanding tower to support a mass of 1kg. Entries had to use either glass fibre or carbon fibre, with no metallic fasteners, with a total mass of less than 250g.
There was a clear winner at just over 6.7 metres, which presented a real challenge for the judges during the testing. The winning team from the University of Bristol were presented a trophy and a cash prize by the SAMPE UKIC Chairman, Tim Wybrow. Tim commented that “our first Design and Make competition for Young Engineers and Students (YES) has been a huge success. It has created a real buzz and I’m so pleased to see so many new young and enthusiastic people engaging with SAMPE”.
From left to right: Francesco Morabito, University of Bristol; Tim Wybrow, SAMPE UKIC Chairman; Chris Hunt, University of Bristol. (Third team member: Yian Zhao, University of Bristol)
The 2019 SAMPE UK & Ireland Student Seminar will be held at the IOM3 in London on 18th July 2019. The seminar is a presentation competition.
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 presentation judging panel will comprise a small group of specialists from academia and industry. The two students giving the best presentations will win the opportunity to present their work at the prestigeous SAMPE Europe Student Conference and attend the SAMPE Europe Conference 17-19 September 2019, which will be held in Nantes, France. Registration and expenses will be paid. Winners of the SAMPE Europe Student presentation competition will go on to represent Europe at the SAMPE International conference in Seattle in May 2020: also registration and 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
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 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.
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.