Short Courses and Market Overview at the  Materials Innovation & Advanced Technology Leadership Forum

Speakers - Short Courses and Market Overview


List of speakers for the Short Courses, and Market  Overview at the Materials Innovation & Advanced Technology Leadership Forum.

Clement Hiel

Composite Support & Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Clement (Clem) Hiel is President of CSSI (Composite Support & Solutions, Inc.) His company focuses on the commercialization of innovations such as “pultruded snap joining technology,” and on “mineral matrix composites technology” for fire and ballistic protection applications.


Prof. Hiel is a big believer in education! This has motivated him, during the past 30 years, to share his knowledge by teaching courses on composite materials design and manufacturing, and on design innovation at both the University of Brussels and at UCLA. Additionally, he has won worldwide distinguished design awards and is a pioneer in structural assembly by means of snap-fit technology. He is also a "Commander in the Order of the Crown," of Belgium and a Fellow of SAMPE

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David Forsyth

TRI Austin

David Forsyth has a Master’s degree in Engineering, and has been a researcher in nondestructive testing for 30 years. He has worked to measure and improve the reliability of NDT in aerospace and other industries, with a concentration on the use of computational tools. He was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada before moving to lead the NDE Division at TRI Austin, a small business in Austin Texas. In his professional career, he has been involved in research and its practical applications in industry. He has participated in accident investigations in civilian and military aviation, including the development and validation of improved NDT in response.


He has chaired the NDT Reliability Studies Committee of the American Society for NDT for over a decade, and is a member of the NASA Engineering Safety Center’s Technical Discipline Team for NDE. He has won two awards for NDT research success from the TTCP, a multi-national organization of government defense departments including the United States Department of Defense. In 2020 he was a member of the Advanced Composites Project team that won the NASA Langley Research Center Group Achievement Award. In 2021 he was named a Fellow of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He has been an invited speaker at SAMPE events in China and Japan, and a plenary invited speaker at the Review of Progress in Quantitative NDE Conference.

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David Leach

ATC Manufacturing

David Leach has over 30 years’ experience in polymers, composites and adhesives. He has spent most of his career in thermoplastic composites for aerospace and high performance applications. His experience includes materials and process research, applications development, operations, new product introduction and business development. His professional experience includes roles at Henkel and Cytec (now Solvay) prior to ATC Manufacturing. He has authored over 30 technical papers, two book chapters and he is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials.

Ramy Harik

University of South Carolina

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Dr. Ramy Harik, a Fulbright Scholar, is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and a researcher at the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. Ramy is the principal investigator of the neXt (new and emerging X technologies) research team. His education joins Mechanical Engineering (BS/MS), Automated Manufacturing (MS) and Industrial/Mechanical Engineering (PhD). He mainly teaches courses in Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Prototyping, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Dr Harik is an Associate Editor of the SME Manufacturing Letters and CADA international journal. He is the author of the “Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing” textbook by SAE. He was granted more than 10 million USD in funding from NASA, NSF, Boeing, Toray, SC Department of Commerce, South Carolina Research Authority, Siemens, Fokker Aerostructures.

He is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor award from the University of South Carolina, the 2018 Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor award from the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, and the 2016 Outstanding Young Educator Award from Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Harik was the chair technical co-chair of CAMX 2020. He was listed as amongst the 20 most influential professors in Smart Manufacturing by SME’s Smart Manufacturing Magazine in 2020. In 2022, Dr. Harik will have his second book released: “Manufacturing vs Corruption: Who Wins?” to be published by SAE. 

Johnny T. Doo

Leviation Technology, Inc.,

Mr. Johnny T. Doo is the co-founder of Leviation Technology, Inc., a startup eVTOL company.  He is also the President of International Vehicle Research, Inc., focusing on innovations in manned and unmanned air mobility systems, flight vehicle technology, product development, and market strategy. He is the Lead of the NASA Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF) Working Group 4 - Public Services, teaming with over 100 industry leaders and experts to develop the roadmap and use-cases for disaster relief, humanitarian aid, search & rescue, police & firefighting, medical transport, and military eVTOL applications.

He has over 30 years of experience designing, developing, and marketing aviation products from high-performance piston aircraft, personal and business jets, regional aircraft, new-generation aviation engines, air-cushion vehicle (ACV) to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).  Strong executive-level business management expertise, emphasizing product and business development with a global market focus.  Experiences range from engineering, product design, advanced technology, program management, supply chain

Dr. Sayata Ghose

The Boeing Company

Dr. Sayata Ghose is a Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company where she works on materials producibility and composites fabrication, particularly automated lamination. She worked at NASA LaRC for 7.5 years on high temperature materials and nanocomposites before joining Boeing in 2011. Sayata has a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.Tech in Polymer Engineering, both from the University of Calcutta, India followed by a Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering from The University of Akron. Sayata has 28 peer-reviewed journal publications, 61 conference proceedings, 2 book chapters, 15 U.S. Patents, 1 patent application publication, several invited talks and funded proposals. Sayata is an active member of SAMPE, SWE, ASTM, and ICCM and a reviewer for multiple technical journals.

Zachary Skelton

Airtech Advanced Materials Group

Zachary Skelton is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Airtech International within the Airtech Advanced Materials Group located in Huntington Beach, CA. He has over 10 years of experience working within the aerospace industry on leading-edge tooling and materials application technologies. Zachary has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California State-Long Beach and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. His experience involves over 10 years with composites fabrication as well as considerable tooling technology experience. In addition, he has in-depth experience with “large format” additive manufacturing experience for numerous current market applications.


More recently he has worked to develop and then demonstrates additive manufactured, 3D printed material products for commercially competitive applications. During the past year, he has participated in SAMPE’s two-day workshops presenting oversight reviews of “Airtech’s Production-Ready Tooling with Large Format Additive Manufacturing” (LFAM) and later described more recent aspects in “Development of Large Scale Additive Manufacturing” associated with materials developments. His involvement with various resin formulations, compounding, materials qualification, and characterization is a major part of his work. Zach has been heavily involved in applying Airtech’s DAHLTRAM recyclable, resin systems to Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) applications.