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SAMPE Beginnings

The Society of Aircraft Material and Process Engineers was formed in 1944 by nine Southern California aerospace professionals concerned with the scarcity of materials and the resulting need to economize. They believed that a network of material and process engineers would provide the best means for information exchange and prevent duplication of effort among companies working toward a common goal. They arranged a meeting with the most prominent Southern California material and process engineers to discuss the formation of such a society.

The group met monthly to discuss mutual technical problems. Plastics became a special emphasis, as these were new materials in need of significant technical documentation. Between 1944 and 1959, 15 SAMPE chapters were formed in various parts of the USA.



With the dawning of the Space Age in the late 1950's, members agreed that the best way to obtain an interchange of new material and process information was to form a nationwide organization. Additionally, to reflect its efforts in the Space Age, the national SAMPE organization was formed and renamed the Society of Aerospace Material and Process Engineers.


In its first year as a national organization, the steering committee laid the groundwork for a national symposium, and established local chapter scholarship programs and activities committees. They then developed SAMPE's bylaws, charter, and articles of incorporation which were refined throughout the 1960's.

SAMPE's organization efforts in the previous decade resulted in a landmark accomplishment for the society: its first national symposium held in October 1961. This symposium encompassed all aspects of a new reinforced plastics process called "filament winding." This process continues to be used and improved upon today.

SAMPE became recognized as the reinforced plastics society as a result of the symposium. As boron and graphite fibers were invented and advanced, and a subset of reinforced plastics came to be known as "composites," SAMPE continued to address the progress being made. In the late 1960's, SAMPE held its first Technical Conference.

SAMPE's ever-increasing value to the technical community became evident in the 1960's with the growth of the society's publications. The SAMPE Newsletter, established in 1961, grew from seven to 24 pages within two years due to member-generated technical papers. As the newsletter continued to grow, it was transformed into the SAMPE Journal, a bimonthly publication containing technical papers, editorial features, and international and local SAMPE information. Because the fields of material and process engineering were changing rapidly in 1969, the society introduced a purely technical publication, the SAMPE Quarterly (renamed the Journal of Advanced Materials in October 1993). At that time, SAMPE also initiated the sale of its Symposium and Technical Conferences proceedings to various institutions such as libraries and universities.


In 1973, the organization's name was changed to The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, reflecting membership growth beyond the aerospace industry. 



The 1980's brought about unprecedented growth. The first non-USA chapter was founded in Europe. Attendance at the SAMPE Technical Conference doubled. The International SAMPE Symposium attendance nearly tripled.



Today's SAMPE  

SAMPE's strength is in its chapters. We have professional and student member chapters worldwide.

Promoting market diversification, SAMPE disseminates information about the commercial and industrial applications of material and processing engineering. These include land transportation, construction, marine, biomedical and medical, sports and recreation, and industrial applications. It is SAMPE's opinion that the well being and career development of its members as well as the industry by which they are employed requires that technology transfer be successful.


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