Monday, May 22, 2023, DIAMOND BAR, CA  – CAMX – the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo organizers announced that Joan Higginbotham, former NASA astronaut and president of Joan Higginbotham Ad Astra, LLC, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Registration for CAMX 2023 is open now, and all registered attendees are invited to attend the keynote presentation.


Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am EST

Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom (Building C, Level 3)


A retired NASA astronaut, Joan Higginbotham is an electrical engineer who, in 2006, flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to become the third African American woman to travel into space. Higginbotham has had a storied career, serving as director of open innovation at Collins Aerospace, sourcing cutting-edge technologies to close current technology gaps and meet future technology needs. Prior to that role, Higginbotham managed relationships with governmental agencies and public and private companies involved in human space exploration and served as director of corporate social responsibility. Preceding her time at Collins Aerospace, she held multiple director positions at Lowe’s Companies, Inc., leading their community relations, supplier diversity, and global sourcing efforts. In April 2022, she launched her own aerospace consulting firm, Joan Higginbotham Ad Astra LLC.


CAMX 2023 Steering Committee Chair Eric Smith said, “Having Joan Higginbotham standing on our stage is indicative of the strength of the CAMX brand and will appeal to the intellectual curiosity of our audience. I look forward to learning how Higginbotham’s journey can inspire our audience to do great things.”


CAMX Award Winners will also be announced at the General Session. For the complete schedule, go here or connect with CAMX on LinkedInTwitter, or Facebook.

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CAMX brings together all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities for one all-encompassing event. It is where the industry meets to do business and discover the latest in products, solutions, and advanced industry technology.