The SAMPE University Research Symposium is an annual nationwide competition hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), one of the leading global professional societies for composites engineers. Students in undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. categories apply by submitting a personal statement and an abstract describing their research. Semifinalists are selected to write technical paper, and from those, finalists are selected and sponsored to give a conference presentation describing their research at the SAMPE Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) conference. The best presentations receive award certifications and cash prizes.
At the most recent SAMPE University Research Symposium (Sep. 24-26, 2016, Anaheim, CA), 2nd and 3rd places in the Ph.D. category were awarded to two Trojans: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science student Daniel Kim and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering student Bo Jin from the M.C. Gill Composites Center (advised by Professor Steven Nutt). Daniel’s presentation “Efficient Modeling and Monitoring of Effects of Out-Time and Humidity on Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) Prepreg: A Path To Flow Optimization” won the 2nd price, Bo’s presentation “Development of a Finite Element Model for Reused Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composite Oriented Strand Board” won the 3rd price. In the photo: USC students Daniel Kim (red arrow) and Bo Jin (yellow arrow) with the finalists from the SAMPE University Research Symposium and Program Chairs Professor Tony Saliba and Professor Jim Johnson.