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M.C. Gill Composites Center Student Wins National University Research Competition

Mark Anders takes first place with talk about volatile-induced porosity in RTM processes

February 26, 2016 —

M.C. Gill Composites Center Student Wins National University Research Competition

The SAMPE University Research Symposium is an annual nationwide competition hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, 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 a technical paper, and from those, finalists are sponsored to give a conference presentation describing their paper at the SAMPE Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). The best presentations are awarded cash prizes, and the top two places in the Ph.D. category are further sponsored to present their papers at SAMPE conferences in Europe and Japan.

At the most recent University Research Symposium (Oct. 25-27, 2015, Dallas, TX), 1st place in the Ph.D. category was awarded to a Trojan: 4th year mechanical engineering student Mark Anders from the M.C. Gill Composites Center (advised by Prof. Steven Nutt). 2nd place in the undergraduate category was awarded to Matt Thomas, also a Trojan and (former) researcher at the M.C. Gill Composites Center. Mark’s presentation about resin transfer molding of benzoxazine resins won the grand prize, a sponsored trip to give the presentation as an invited guest at the annual SAMPE Japan conference (JISSE-14, Dec. 6-9, 2015, Kanazawa, Japan). Mark was generously hosted by a retired fellow of SAMPE Japan during the trip, which included the three-day conference, as well as time for sightseeing in the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara. Mark’s technical paper was also featured in the SAMPE Journal.

USC students Mark Anders (red arrow) and Matt Thomas (yellow arrow) with the finalists from the SAMPE University Research Symposium and President of SAMPE North America Nicholas Gianaris (front center).