Moderators

Moderators

 

Jeff Sloan

CompositesWorld

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Jeff Sloan has been editor-in-chief of CompositesWorld since 2006 and is responsible for the development and distribution of all editorial content through CW’s print, digital, video, podcast and social media channels. CW is a technical trade publication that provides global coverage of the materials, processes and technologies used to design, fabricate and finish composite parts and structures for a variety of end markets and applications.

 

Prior to CW, Jeff worked for a decade as editor and then publisher of three plastics industry trade publications. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s in technical journalism from Colorado State University and lives in Colorado.

Les Cohen

Maher & Associates

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Dr. Cohen served for 31 years at McDonnell Douglas where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Technology Operations and Business Development. As a Senior Director, he directed all Business Development for MDAC in the Russian Federation. He has published over 40 papers on Advanced Composite design and development, is a lecturer in Advanced Composites and has been awarded the USSR Gold Medal for Science and Technology, and a Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Judd Hall Award for Manufacturing of Composites and SAMPE Fellow.

 

He is a recipient of the prestigious George Lubin Award for excellence in composites from SAMPE. He holds B.S, M.S., and Ph D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Fulbright Post Doctoral at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology specializing in Structures and Materials. He received the Gold Metal for composites from the University of Delaware

Dale Brosius

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

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Dale Brosius is Chief Commercialization Officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), focused on composites technologies for more energy efficient vehicles and clean energy generation. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.B.A. and over 35 years of industrial experience in the composites industry.

He has intimate knowledge of all composite processes, from injection molding to textile preforming to autoclave, as well as glass and carbon fibers and a wide range of thermoset and thermoplastic polymers. He is a member of SAMPE and served as Chair of SPE’s Thermoset Division and Composites Division. He has authored numerous technical papers for conferences in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia, and is the author of over one hundred articles for High Performance Composites, Composites Technology and Composites World magazines.

 
Sana Elyas

ARRIS Composites & SAMPE North America Executive Cabinet

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Sana Elyas is an accomplished materials and process engineer currently working at ARRIS as the Senior R&D Program Manager focused on thermoplastic composite solutions for structural high-volume applications. She has a bachelor's in aeronautical engineering and a master's in aerospace engineering, with more than a decade of industrial application experience in the composites industry. Her experience with advanced composite materials began with defense and space applications, followed by commercial aircraft, automotive, off-road vehicles, heavy-duty truck, rail, marine, infrastructure, drones, consumer electronics, and industrial applications.

 

She serves as the 2021-2022 Parliamentarian in the SAMPE North America Executive Cabinet, founding member of the Technology Advisory Council, a committee member of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DEI) initiative, and founded the SAMPE UC-Berkeley student chapter. She was recently awarded the inaugural 2021 SAMPE DEI Leadership Award and was named a finalist of the 2020 SAMPE Young Professional Leadership Award (first woman from India to win both awards). Through her association with SAMPE, she has actively submitted and reviewed technical papers, participated as a panelist, judge, and chair for technical sessions, and hosted chapter meetings and events.

Tom Lemire

T.F.Lemire Consulting, Inc.

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Mr. Lemire brings over 52 years of global experience in the Composites industry. His first 17 yrs. were spent in the Fiber Glass sector primarily with Owens-Corning during assignments in New York, Chicago, Toledo and Boston, while his next 35 yrs. were in the Carbon Fiber sector with both BASF Structural Materials and later their successor, Toho Carbon Fibers which is now known as Teijin Carbon America.  He was the founding member, and frequently traveled to both Japan and Germany helping to build their worldwide operations.

 

In addition to serving on the LA SAMPE Chapter Board of Directors, he has been a Moderator at the 2017 CAMX Conference in Orlando, FL. Also, he was Co-Chairman of the Composites World Carbon Fiber Conference in 2009 and 2010, both held in greater San Diego. His Consulting business adds Value to companies by helping them better understand market conditions and opportunities.

 

Mr. Lemire is a graduate of Brown University, and he holds a MBA from Northwestern University, which is now known as the Kellogg School of Management.   

Susan Ruth
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BA in Chemistry, 1975, Occidental College

MS in Systems Engineering, 1995, University of Southern California

 

SRI International (1976-1981)- primary responsibility of developing the processing for unidirectional composites with the goal of evaluating resin potential in advanced composites.  Resins included polyimides, acetylene-terminated quinoxalines (AFRL developed resin), thermoplastic high temperature resin (NR150B2, developed by NASA Langley), conventional thermoplastics, e.g. nylon 6-6 for Ford Motor Company.  At the time “composites will always be too expensive”.  

 

Aerojet ElectroSystems (1981-1989)- senior non-metals materials and process engineer for the development and implementation of an early defense warning satellite system.  Applications included bonding, painting, electronics, thermal control, composite payload fairin, structure and optics.  Provided information on appropriate applications for composites as needed.  

 

Aerospace Corporation-(1989- 2021, retirement)- held a number of positions associated with making sure the USAF (not the USSF) obtain the technical capabilities from contractors (e.g. Northrop, Boeing, Raytheon….).  Much of it was the appropriate application of materials and associated processes.  All was performed within the context of satellites and rockets.

Alma Saiya
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Alma Saiya is the Chairwoman of the SAMPE-Los Angeles Chapter, effective May 2021. She joined the Board in 2016 after attending her first SAMPE-LA Chapter meeting at UCLA. A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, Alma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recent MBA graduate of the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School. She sits on the Advisory Board for the UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education – Customer Service Certificate Program, and is a member of the SAMPE North America Finance Committee. Alma has a versatile background in Aerospace, Education and Public Health. Alma currently works as the OEM Customer Service Manager for Eaton Aerospace in Los Angeles. She thoroughly enjoys working with fellow Board Members who are seasoned Engineering leaders, being an activist alongside them to promote the field of Materials and Processes.