KAUST "FutureComposite" Workshop: Shaping the Future with Composite Materials

Vision 2030 streamlines Saudi Arabia’s role as one of the major players in petrochemical industry. The diversification of the industry towards producing composite materials is necessary to exemplify Saudi’s competitive advantage and to fuel the economy with high-volume (energy, civil, transportation) and high-technology markets (aeronautics and space). A scientific event that will bring together academia, industry and government institutes that support such transformation will be beneficial for all parties.

COHMAS Laboratory organizes the FutureComposite workshop in the field of composite materials with the theme of “Shaping the future with composite materials”. This workshop provides a high-level forum to discuss the latest development of composite science and technology. A number of high-caliber professors, researchers, engineers and industry practitioners will share their knowledge, expertise and experience in their respective fields of expertise.

The workshop will be organized around following areas:

  • Addressing the needs for Composite Industry 4.0
  • Imagining new applications in energy and transportation sectors
  • Improving composites through big data and artificial intelligence
  • Inventing new concepts for composite assemblies and large structures
  • Building a composite industry


Join us here:    https://futurecomposite.kaust.edu.sa/

Dr. Enrique Garcia

Chief Technology Officer
National Composites Centre

Dr Enrique Garcia has been the Chief Technical Officer at the National Composites Centre in Bristol, a centre of excellence in composites technology development since Spring 2015.

He has extensive experience in R&D and product development in diverse industries – renewable energy, aerospace, automotive, railways, holding senior manager positions in all of these sectors.

He has focused on polymer-based products working from the nanoscale to the largest composite structures using a wide variety of manufacturing technologies with a special emphasis in design for manufacturing. He has developed successful strategies to lead innovation teams while adding value by guaranteeing schedules and quality and minimizing costs.

Enrique’s passion is to tackle big challenges and to share his vision with others by innovating, creating and developing. Enrique is particularly interested in working closely with academia, government and industry to develop capability and technology at the NCC that bridges the so-called “Valley of Death”, transforming bright ideas into successful composite products.

He has an Executive MBA from one of the top-five worldwide business schools, engineering degrees (BEng, MSc and PhD), speaks fluent English, Italian, and Spanish, and can hold a conversation in French.

Prof. Jinsong Leng

Cheung Kong Chair Professor
Director of the Center for Smart Materials and Structures , Harbin Institute of Technology (China)

Prof. Jinsong Leng is Cheung Kong Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Smart Materials and Structures at Harbin Institute of Technology (China). His researches cover Stimulus Responsive Polymers (Shape Memory and Electro-Active Polymers) and their composites, 4D printing, Sensors and Actuators, Structural Health Monitoring, Multifunctional Nanocomposites, etc. Prof. Leng has served as the Vice President of International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM), Vice President of Chinese Society for Composite Materials (CSCM). He has also been elected as Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, World Fellow of ICCM, Fellow of AAAS, Fellow of the SPIE, Fellow of IOP, Fellow of RAeS, Fellow of IMMM, and Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Prof. John Botsis

Professor of solid and structural mechanics, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor John Botsis obtained his diplôme in civil engineering at the University of Patras, Greece in 1979.  He continued his education at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland Ohio/USA, where he received his MS and Ph.D. 1984. After two years at the research center for national defense in Athens, he was nominated assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, associate in 1991, and full professor in 1995. In 1996, he was nominated professor of solids and structural mechanics at the EPFL. His activities cover experimental mechanics, fracture, and fatigue of advanced materials including composites and biomaterials using novel experimental techniques, numerical methods, and micromechanics. He has co-authored more than 150 journal papers, several book chapters, and two textbooks. His research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, State Secretariat for Education and Research, Swiss commission for technology and innovation, EU and Swiss industry.

Prof. Wesley Cantwell

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Director of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center
Khalifa University

Professor WESLEY CANTWELL is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Director of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center at Khalifa University. He was awarded his MSc (1982) and PhD (1985) degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London. Following his graduate studies, he joined the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland where he worked for nine years as a research scientist. He then joined the University of Liverpool where he worked as a Lecturer, Reader and Professor until joining Khalifa University 2012. During this time he directed a research group focusing on the mechanical properties of lightweight materials and structures. He has published 230 journal papers on composites, fracture, manufacturing technologies and non-destructive testing. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals, including Composites Science and Technology and the International Journal of Impact Engineering.

Prof. Pedro Camanho

Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto
President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics (LAETA)
Vice-President of INEGI.

Pedro Camanho (MSc in Mechanical Engineering, UPorto, 1995) received his PhD in Composite Materials from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK, in 1999. In the same year he joined the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI – www.inegi.up.pt) as Director of the Structural Integrity Unit and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto as Assistant Professor. Since 2014 he has been Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto. Pedro Camanho is currently the President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics (LAETA), and the Vice-President of INEGI.

The main research interests of Pedro Camanho are the mechanics of deformation and fracture of advanced polymer composite materials, and new concepts for lightweight composite materials and structures for aerospace applications such as hybrid, nano-structured, multi-functional, variable-stiffness, energy-storage and ultra-thin composites.

Pedro Camanho is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solids and Structures (Elsevier), Composites Part A (Elsevier), European Journal of Computational Mechanics (Taylor & Francis), and Computers, Materials and Continua (Tech Science Press). He was invited to give several plenary lectures: 7th EUROMECH Solid Mechanics Conference (2009), International Conference of Composite Structures – ICCS (2009, 2011 and 2013), Composites Testing and Model Identification Conference – CompTest (2013), Conference on Numerical Methods in Engineering – CMN (2007 and 2013), Spanish Conference on Fracture Mechanics (2012), Spanish Conference on Composite Materials (2011), 5th ECCOMAS International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (2017), 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on the Mechanical Response of Composites (2017). Pedro Camanho also presented a plenary lecture at the 2013 EADS Composite/Metallic Days Conference in France.

Pedro Camanho was the chairman of the 3rd Composites Testing and Model Identification Conference – CompTest (2006) and of the 1st ECCOMAS Conference on the Mechanical Response of Composites (2007).

Between 2000-2011 Pedro Camanho was a Visiting Scientist at NASA-Langley Research Center, and in 1999 was a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He was a Royal Society Visiting Professor at Imperial College London (2005) and a Visiting Professor at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan – Université Paris-Saclay (2014).

Pedro Camanho coordinated several research projects funded by the European Space Agency, Airbus, NASA, Embraer, Daimler AG, Aernnova, European Union, FCT, and US Air Force. He presented invited seminars at several Universities, including Stanford University, MIT, Imperial College London, University of Bristol, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, TU Delft, TU Munich, University of Limerick, Oxford University, EPF Lausanne, Monash University, Université Catholique de Louvain, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, TU Eindhoven, ENS-LMT Cachan, Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, Chalmers University, KU Leuven, and Cambridge University.

Pedro Camanho is the recipient of the 2006 NASA H.J.E. Reid Award for Outstanding Scientific Paper, of the 2005 Young Researcher in Applied and Computational Mechanics Award from the Portuguese Association of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics, the 2005-2009 Engineering Fracture Mechanics Most Cited Articles Award, and the 2016 Mechanics of Materials Highly Cited Research Award. He also received the 2020 Excellence in Research Award of the University of Porto.

Pedro Camanho has published over 140 papers in international peer reviewed journals that received over 12,500 independent citations (Scopus h-index of 55, independent citations). His work has been successfully transferred to the industry and services: finite elements implemented by ABAQUS (Dassault Systèmes), materials models implemented in LS-DYNA and MSC-NASTRAN (Digimat), failure criteria in HYPERSIZER, ESACOMP and ANSYS, and test methods that are used by both the automotive and aeronautical industries.

Pedro Camanho is member of the Advisory Board of the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH), of the Council of the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM), and of the Engineering Panel of the European Research Council (ERC). In 2020 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (https://www.aerosociety.com/).

Pedro Camanho was Director of the MIT-Portugal Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) focus area doctoral program in Leaders for Technological Industries. He is currently Director of the Space-Earth Interactions area of the UT Austin-Portugal Program.

Pedro Camanho is External Examiner of the MSc in Composite Materials course from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London. He is the chairman of the Independent Advisory Board of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites of the University of Bristol. Pedro Camanho is member of the Programme Committee of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS).