Keynote Speakers

SpeakerBiography and Keynote Title

Frank Henning
Professor & Director of Polymer Engineering Group, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Germany
Frank Henning has been a Fellow in the Society of Plastics Engineers since 2013. Since 2016, he has been Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Manufacturing in Ulsan, Korea and since 2011 of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Research in London, Ontario, Canada. Since 2010, Henning has been an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In 2009, he was named Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, as well as Director of Fraunhofer FIL in Augsburg, Germany. In 2008, Henning was appointed Professor for Light-Weight Technologies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany; and that same year, he was appointed CEO of the Fraunhofer innovation cluster KITe hyLITE - Karlsruhe Innovation Cluster for Hybrid Light-Weight Solutions. In 2005, Henning became Director of the Competence Centre for Automotive Light-Weight Solutions. In 2002 he was named Director of Polymer Engineering at Fraunhofer ICT. He has been Vice-President of SAMPE Germany e.V. since 1999 and is President since 2016. In the years 1997 to 2001, he was Group Leader for the composites team at Fraunhofer ICT. Henning holds a Ph.D. degree in Composites Engineering from the Universität Stuttgart in Germany earned in 2001. He published numerous articles in refereed journals and owns patents in the field of polymer manufacturing. He was awarded multiple times for his achievements and introduced materials and technologies in industrial applications. He has more than 20 years of experience in polymer engineering with a special focus on composite processing.

Keynote title: "Modular and Flexible Manufacturing for Tailor-made Composite Hybrid Parts"

Kevin Potter
Professor in Composites Manufacturing,
Department of Aerospace Engineering,
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
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
Professor & Director of Composites Research Network, UBC, Canada
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"