Keynote Speakers

SpeakerBiography and Keynote Title

Kevin Potter
Professor in Composites Manufacturing,
Department of Aerospace Engineering,
University of Bristol
I started work in composites in 1974 on leaving university with a Materials Science degree, and while I have worked in Materials on and off, and the Materials Science training has been a great preparation for what I have done; almost all my work has been in manufacturing. My first job was in the UK’s defence research community, mostly working on rocket motors and similar systems, which led me to be looking at how complex geometries could be formed from our reinforcements and sparked lifelong interests in rapid and automated processing, Resin Transfer Moulding and drape. I then moved into civil applications of composites working in BP Advanced Materials, getting experience in product development, technical marketing and the transition to series production of a range of structures. I spent quite a bit of time in the factory, troubleshooting production and seeking to understand the origins and impacts of defects, which is my last major interest and one that I’m still working on. I spent a few years in more consultancy roles supporting product development in large companies and SMEs then joined the University of Bristol, Department of Aerospace Engineering, in 1995, expecting to move quickly back to industry. More than twenty years on I’m still in the university, having played a significant role in the development of the composites research in the University of Bristol and in the development and growth of the UK’s National Composites Centre. I’m convinced that my industrial experience has made me a much better academic.

Keynote title: "Improving Composites Manufacture - better robots or supported humans?"

Anoush Poursartip
Director of Composites Research Network, UBC
Anoush Poursartip is a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering. He joined UBC after gaining a BA and PhD from Cambridge University. Working closely with two colleagues, he directs the Composites Group at UBC, an interdisciplinary research group from Materials Engineering and Civil Engineering. In this context, process modelling software created by the Composites Group over the last decade has now been transitioned into a spin-off company, Convergent Manufacturing Technologies Inc., which is an acknowledged world leader in process design software and support for the international aerospace industry. Poursartip was recently the President of the International Committee on Composite Materials, where he was also previously General Secretary and member of the Executive Council since 1995. Poursartip is a World Fellow and Life Member of ICCM, and has won two Outstanding Performance Awards and the Bronze Merit Award from The Boeing Company, the Frye-Parry Award from SAMPE, and the DSM award from PASS. In 2009, Poursartip received the Medal of Excellence in Composites from the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware, and in 2010 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Keynote title: "A Composites Learning Factory"

Heinz F. Voggenreiter
Director | German Aerospace Center
Heinz Voggenreiter studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich from 1984 to 1990. Afterwards, he was a research assistant at the Department of Materials in Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Munich and Research Engineer u. a. at DaimlerChrysler. In November 1996 Heinz Voggenreiter obtained his doctorate at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg for Dr.-Ing. From 1999 to 2005 he was a lecturer at the Technical University of Munich and from 2000 to 2004 manager at EADS. Since 2005, Voggenreiter has been director of the Institute for Materials Research in Cologne, design and construction research in Stuttgart and the Center for Lightweight Construction Technology in Augsburg. In May 2005 he was appointed Full Professor of the University of Stuttgart. On November 19, 2015 Voggenreiter was elected new chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association of German engineers (VDI). Since December 2018 he has been a member of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Kelowna, Canada.

Keynote title: "Industry 4.0 and future of Aerospace Composites Manufacturing"