Composites Education for the Modern Engineer

Tuesday, September 24 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Convention Center I 211AB

Session Information

Title: Composites Education for the Modern Engineer


This panel discussion will bring together representatives from industry and academia to discuss the current state of composites education and goals for future directions. Academic panelists will briefly present on training and courses offered at their institutions, specifically those related to composites and composite manufacturing. Industry panelists will discuss the skillset and background they are seeking in new hires, with a big picture perspective provided by the Workforce Manager at IACMI. Two early career engineers hired after graduation by the company with whom they interned will provide perspective on what courses proved particularly valuable, as well as what was missing that might have better prepared them for full-time employment.  A current senior undergraduate student will round out the panel to present the student perspective. Attendees are encouraged to share their own experiences and participate in an open dialog. The end goal of the panel will be an accumulation of information and tips for better preparing the next generation of engineers for the workforce through the development of curriculum tailored to industry needs. 

Moderator: Marcus A. “Tony” Belcher, Materials, Processes & Physics Engineer, Boeing Research & Technology – Composite Fabrication

Type: Featured Session Conference Track