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CAMX 2022, Anaheim CA – FCMF participation on many levels

Two UT students presented their research on (1) Kaustubh Mungale on magnesium-carbon fiber composite bonding; and (2) Benjamin Schwartz on bio-composites manufacturing and characterization.

UT was  selected as a finalist under the Infinite Market Growth category for the ACE awards (Advancing Composites Excellence) for its work on modular energy efficient cladding panels. Carbon Rivers a start up in wind blade recycling in Knoxville, TN won an ACE award for glass fiber recycling. Our own student Warren Smith works with Carbon Rivers for his research and was in integral contributor. Congratulations to the team!

Our collaborators at ORNL Vipin Kumar, David Nuttal, Ahmed Hassen and team won the CAMX Best of Show award for their AM-CM technology, an incredible and prestigious award. Congratulations to the ORNL team.

UT faculty and collaborator Dayakar Penumadu and team won the SAMPE award for their work on the Composite Bridge. Congratulation to Penumadu and team.

We are grateful to CAMX for these various opportunities.

Pritesh Yeole recognized with SAMPE Young Professional Award

Congratulations to Pritesh Yeole, PhD, Research Associate at FCMF and member of the South Carolina SAMPE Chapter for being nominated for the Young Professional Emerging Leadership Award at SAMPE Charlotte, 2022.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America presented the Young Professional Emerging Leadership Award (YPELA) finalists and named the 2022 Young Professional of the Year Award winners during SAMPE’s annual spring conference in Charlotte.

The award recognizes the achievements of young professionals who have graduated from university and are under the age of 35 by sending application finalists to the SAMPE North America annual technical conference and exhibition to network with peers and industry professionals while increasing their understanding of the materials and process community.

This year’s Finalists and Young Professional of the Year award winners were recognized onstage during the SAMPE Awards Breakfast held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 26, 2022.   Congratulations Pritesh, we are so proud of you!

UT has a very active and vibrant SAMPE student chapter.

Pritesh Yeole receiving SAMPE Young Professional award

Left to right: Jerome Berg, Pritesh Yeole, Oliver Hulme (back), Brian Lisco, Muthu Ram Prabhu Elenchezhian, Yourri-Samuel Dessureault, Jeffrey Hutton, Rebekah Sweat, Mark Kaufman (back), Scott Stephenson, accepting the award for Vidya Kishore was Vlastimil Kunc, and a ccepting the award for Philip Barnett was Hannah Maeser.

Composites Applications Group (CAG) hosts Lockheed Tech Day

Thanks to our friend and supported Peter Hedger, Vice President at Composites Application Group (CAG) for organizing and hosting Lockheed Technology Day in Knoxville July 12-13, 2002.

Participants ranging from Wabash National, CAG, Structural Composites and host of material suppliers, Tiers and a contingent from Lockheed Martin attended this event. The line of speakers was impressive and full of rich content.

The entire group of 50+ attendees toured the FCMF and interacted directly with our undergraduate and graduate students to exchange latest technologies and opportunties.

Thank you Peter for bringing such a quality event to us!


Ryan Spencer recognized by ORNL Composites Section

Congratulations to Ryan Spencer, PhD student for being recognized as outstanding collaborating student between FCMF and the ORNL Composites Section. Ryan has been exemplary in his efforts to work between UT and ORNL in numerous high-value projects. These include NDE (High Fidelity DIC, Acoustic Emission), Additive Manufacturing, Effects of Extreme Environments to name a few. Ryan is also an excellent mentor to his undergraduate students – he provides them with the best practice(s), research protocols, data analysis and interpretation leading to high impact factor publications. Congratulations Ryan, we are proud of you!


Ryan Spencer receiving award from Vlastimil Kunc (ORNL Composites Section Head, and Ahmed Hassen, ORNL Composites Innovation Group Leader)

Dr. Alex Stiles – Vitriform 3D

Congratulations to Alex Stiles – now Dr. Alex Stiles for successfully defending his PhD dissertation on Ultraviolet Curing of Thermoset Resins. Alex did fine work in understanding the cure kinetics and mechanisms of UV cured resins in fiber preform. He published his work in Additive Manufacturing and Polymers journal(s) among others. A mentor to numerous undergraduate and graduate students, Alex always contributed to FCMF in numerous ways including STEM and work force training. Continue reading

Ryan Ogle defends MS

Ryan OgleRyan Ogle completed his MS in May 2022. He did excellent work in Additive Manufacturing and Optimization of PEEK based thermoplastics for innovative adaptive pore applications. His work involved high fidelity geometries and he investigated the extreme bounds of printing these high temperature high performance polymers. Ryan started at FCMF as an undergraduate biomedical engineer and went on to do his MS in an exemplary manner. Congratulations Ryan!

Dr. Soydan Ozcan named Group Leader for ORNL Sustainability & Circular Econmomy

Soydan OzcanCongratulations to Dr. Soydan Ozcan for being named the Group Leader for ORNL Sustainability & Circular Economy. In this role he leads the significant emerging area of recycling, circular economy, life cycle analysis and decarbonization initiatives. Ozcan already leads a multi-million dollars program in sustainability in collaboration with University of Maine. The UT FCMF team works closely with Ozcan and his incredible team. Congratulations and we gratefully acknowledge the collaboration.

SAMPE Charlotte May 2022 – FCMF students win in bridge & poster contest

 SAMPE Conference and Exhibition is exclusively dedicated to advanced materials and processes. Produced by the North America Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, this event brings together leading companies, engineers, scientists, and professionals from throughout the advanced materials and processes industry.

FCMF / UT participated in SAMPE in various capacities



Vinit Chaudhary received second place in SAMPE student poster competition

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Dr. Marco Menegozzo, University of Puerto Rico

FCMF was pleased to host Dr. Marco Menegozzo, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez over summer 2022. Marco was a visiting faculty scholar under the ORAU program with ORNL. His work was integrated across ORNL and UT and focused on additive manufacturing and damage tolerance of innovative sandwich composites. The work has applications in next-generation aerospace structures. While at FCMF he worked closely with Dr. Romeo Fono-Tamo, Ryan Ogle, Ryan Spencer, Pritesh Yeole, George Chahine and the entire FCMF team. We appreciate the continued collaboration and thanks for Marco’s time with us.

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