Source: IACMI/SAMPE | Release | June 9, 2021
The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America announced IACMI – The Composites Institute as a winner of the SAMPE 2021 Organizational Excellence Award. The award recognizes organizations from industry, academia, and/or government that exemplify the best of SAMPE from within the advanced materials and process community as a whole.
Founded in 2015, IACMI has built a strong collaborative ecosystem across the composites community that brings researchers together to advance manufacturing and applications of new composite materials. Since being launched, IACMI has managed over 50 collaborative and industry-led technical projects, with more than 90 IACMI members participating on those projects, and with more than $150 million in research and development value. More than 15 new products are now commercially available and over $400 million has been invested in a broad system of open access facilities for demonstration at scale in eight states. IACMI has engaged more than 9,000 people in composites training and STEM outreach, and placed more than 100 university interns with industry collaboration.
“This is a fantastic recognition as IACMI continues its evolution and creates innovation and workforce impact for its member community and the broader U.S. composites manufacturing markets,” said John A. Hopkins, IACMI CEO.
Through collaboration with industry, academia and national laboratories, IACMI projects have demonstrated faster cycle times and lower costs for composite materials and structures, decreased carbon intensity, and increased recyclability of composites.
“IACMI has set a high standard for innovation and creativity in advancing material and process engineering,” said Jerome Berg, President of SAMPE. “Earning this award is a testament to the skill, dedication, and professionalism of its winners.”
IACMI workforce partner Davis Technical College was also named a winner of this prestigious honor for its Composite Materials Technology program. IACMI is deploying Davis Tech’s training program in select community colleges across the country as part of the Advanced Composites Career Pathways (ACCP) program.
SAMPE will present the awards at CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo 2021 in Dallas in October.