Luncheon Keynote Speakers

Monday, September 24, 2018


Dr. Khaled Shahwan, Technology Lead – Composites, Methods & Strategies, Global Innovation & Advanced Development Engineering, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Title of Presentation: Automotive Composites – 30 Years of Challenges, Collaborations, Innovations and Advanced Developments     

Dr. Khaled Shahwan has been with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) since 1999 and is currently the Technology Lead – Composites, Methods & Strategies, Global Innovation & Advanced Development Engineering. Khaled served as the 2014 and 2017 Chairman of US-DOE’s USDRIVE-MTT, and Chairman-Board of Directors of the Automotive Composites Consortium. Prior to joining FCA Dr. Shahwan worked at Ford’s Scientific Labs.

Dr. Shahwan has been the auto industry’s lead on technology and strategy roadmaps by USDRIVE/MTT, IACMI, NIST/CAIIAC, ACC/Plastics, DOE/VTO, & NHTSA. Khaled is a member of the Technical Advisory Boards of IACMI, CAR, Aero Depts. at Univ. of Washington and Univ. of Michigan. Dr. Shahwan is a member of the Editorial Boards of IJVS, IJVD, IJAutoC and JEM ’04-’14, and is an elected Associate Fellow of AIAA. Dr. Shahwan has 40 publications, and 60 industry-government collaboration reports.

Dr. Shahwan holds a PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering, and MS in Civil/Structural Engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Anoush Poursartip, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE
Director, Composites Research Network; Director of Research,
Convergent Manufacturing Technologies; Co-Director, Digital Learning Factory Initiative; Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, The University of British Columbia

Title of Presentation: Digital Manufacturing of Composites: Past, Present, and Future

Poursartip has worked on the simulation of manufacturing and failure of composite materials and structures for over thirty years. Based on the successful transition of manufacturing simulation to the aerospace industry via Convergent Manufacturing Technologies, he and his colleagues created the Composites Research Network at UBC, which aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial practice by professionalizing the systematic practice of knowledge, including simulation, to make better manufacturing decisions. Poursartip has won two Outstanding Performance Awards and the Bronze Merit Award from The Boeing Company; is a recipient of the Medal of Excellence in Composites and the ASTM Wayne Stinchcomb Award; and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ICCM, and SAMPE.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Paul Weaver, Bernal Chair, Composite Materials and their Structures, University of Limerick; Professor, Lightweight Structures, University of Bristol

Title of Presentation: Design, manufacture and testing of an in-situ consolidated,out-of- autoclave, blended, integrated-stiffener, variable stiffness, thermoplastic composite wingbox

Paul Weaver has held the position of Bernal Chair of Composite Materials and their Structures at the University of Limerick since 2016 and has been  Professor of Lightweight Structures at the University of Bristol since 2009. Paul’s expertise lies in developing new design concepts and methods with lightweight composite structures. He has worked closely with Airbus, Leonardo Helicopters, Vestas Wind Systems and has been a consultant to NASA for 12 years and has been a principal or co-principal investigator of grants totalling >50MEuro. He holds an Science Foundaton Ireland (SFI) Research Professorship (€6.4M) entitled Varicomp which brings together his interests in both shape changing and lightweight composite structures. He currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit award and was previously an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. He has been Director for the Centre of Doctoral Training in Composites since 2008 where he has overseen the graduation of >100 PhD students.  His research team have won six best paper awards in recent years and Paul has successfully supervised 34 PhD students to completion and has published in excess of 250 refereed journal and conference articles.