SAMPE Student Chapter Inaugural Meeting held at Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan
The Society for the Advancement in Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE®) is an international professional society for scientists, engineers, Industrialists and academicians. It provides information on latest materials design & manufacturing and up-to date modern processing technology. It encompasses all fields of engineering and manufacturing ranging from aerospace products to automotive parts. The SAMPE’s strength lies in its chapters. There are professional and student member chapter across the globe, promoting knowledge transfer, innovation and information on various commercial and industrial application of material and processing engineering technology. SAMPE has its own Career Centre, which also provides opinions about the well-being of its member career development.
The Institute of Space Technology (IST) is a public sector degree awarding university that was established through presidential ordinance in 2003. It rose to #4 engineering institution by Higher Education Commission and is signatory to Washington accord agreement, www.ist.edu.pk. Composite materials design, analysis, manufacturing, processing is taught both at undergraduate and graduate program but there was no SAMPE Chapter to bring them on same platform. Prof Zaffar M. Khan has pioneered the composite materials science and technology through teaching, organizing seminars, workshops, symposiums, publications in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, book chapters and real life all composite product development in this region. He has conceived establishing the student chapter of SAMPE at IST to bring together all composites enthusiasts on same platform for quick commercialization of composites technology, Sep 2013. The firm support, assistance and encouragement by Steve Rodger, Michelle Tubb and Imran Rehman in this regard greatly helped in establishing the student chapter of SAMPE at IST in 2015. The SAMPE will provide a platform not only for IST students but also for students from other engineering universities and industries. This chapter will provide opportunities to students to enhance their professional career through interaction with composites experts.
The first Inaugural session was held on 12th April 2016 in Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad Pakistan. This gathering was attended by students, faculty members and Research Scientists from field of Aerospace, Materials and Mechanical Engineering background. The session was coordinated by Dr. Nazakat Ali. Session started with Introduction to SAMPE session of student Chapter by Engr. Ghufran ur Rehman to give an audience a clear picture of the aim & goals and benefits of the SAMPE student chapter. Professor Khan delivered an interesting session about nature, advantages, industrial & commercial applications of composites. The invited lecture on Design and Analysis of Composites was delivered Dr Rizwan Saeed as Guest Speaker from Capital University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad. Dr Rizwan shared his professional experiences, skills and expertise in area of modelling and simulation of composites through finite element analysis. He gave detailed overview about the design and analysis of composite material using cost effective simulation and computation technology on micro, macro and meso levels. The audience responded with great enthusiasm and showed interest throughout the session. Tea and cookies were served in the end of technical session. The students and researchers discussed their queries and topics with the professionals and guests speaker. The technical session ended with a group photograph in the end. The overall impression of the participants about Inaugural session of student chapter of SAMPE-IST was very productive and a fruitful one.
Prof Zaffar M. Khan