Conference Program

Conference Program

CAMX hosts a robust education program for the composites and advanced materials industry by providing an exciting offering of sessions with industry experts in a variety of educational settings. Below are the different programming events you can expect.

2020 Opening Keynote

Join the 13th Administrator of the CAMX was pleased to have the 13th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jim Bridenstine, as this year’s opening keynote speaker. NASA is continuing to help move the industry forward in these trying times through investments in R&D and technology. Bridenstine highlighted the connection between technology developments in advanced materials and US competitiveness in manufacturing across a range of business sectors. His presentation wrapped up in an overview of NASA’s partnership opportunities for businesses of all sizes.


2020 General Session

The current COVID-19 crisis has changed our world like never before. But the severe crisis hasn’t changed Airbus’ long-term ambition to be the world’s first aircraft manufacturer to market a zero-emission aircraft by 2035. Explore how they got there and the role materials and in particular composite technologies will play.

Isabell Gradert the Material Fast Track Leader at Airbus and general advisor for materials technology to the CTO was this year’s general session speaker. With 10 years’ experience in the field of Materials & Processes, Isabell is the leading cross-divisional Material Roadmap for associated technologies and guiding research projects ensuring group-wide leverage of technology synergies.


2020 Good Day, CAMX!

CAMX concluded with Good Day, CAMX hosted by Joel Whitehouse from Hill & Smith Holdings as he discussed the outlook for the US/global economy including risks and M&A activity, followed by a Q&A panel. Register to watch this recording.


Keynote Speaker

From the Stars to the Future: Navigating High-Stakes Environments, Social Impact, and Technological Frontiers


Join us for an inspiring CAMX keynote address by Joan Higginbotham, a trailblazing astronaut who journeyed from Earth to the cosmos and back, carrying with her a wealth of insights on conquering challenges in high-stakes environments. Through her remarkable story, Higginbotham will delve into the lessons learned during her ascent to the stars and how those lessons have propelled her success in managing demanding situations.

Higginbotham will share her hands-on experience in identifying cutting-edge technologies that bridge existing gaps and drive innovation for the future. Delving into her role in sourcing and implementing these technologies, she will underscore the importance of staying at the forefront of technological advancement to address current challenges and meet the demands of an ever-evolving landscape.

Today, Higginbotham embraces the benefits of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) space. From managing the Bioko Island Malaria Control Project at Marathon Oil and supporting communities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico through corporate contributions at Lowe's to directing CSR at Collins Aerospace (formerly UTC Aerospace Systems), Higginbotham speaks from experience on how to create a more robust corporate social responsibility identity. She'll provide the strategies she's used to drive social impact across sectors and share how audiences can do the same.

Prepare to be captivated by Higginbotham's riveting narrative as she navigates the cosmos of high-stakes situations, champions social impact, and leads us on a journey toward the uncharted territories of future technologies. This keynote promises to inspire, educate, and ignite a passion for both personal growth and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead.


Good Day, CAMX

Navigating the Future of the Composites Industry as Only an Industry Insider Can

Don’t miss this engaging and interactive session where we flip roles and interview the interviewer Jeff Sloan, Publisher and former Editor in Chief at CompositesWorld magazine. Jeff offers a unique perspective on the evolving landscape of the composites industry and moderator Marcy Offner will ask him hard-hitting and thought-provoking questions about the current state of the industry and its promise for the future.


Technical Papers

These 25-minute presentations include formal written research papers reviewed by industry peers. Presentations address critical areas important to the composites and advanced materials industry from business, applications, and research perspectives.

Education Sessions

These 55-minute presentations focus on case studies, best practices, issue reviews, and more. These sessions are presented as lectures, panels, and discussions led by subject area experts, and provide valuable information in a multitude of areas.


Conference tutorials provide a collaborative learning experience that allows attendees to take a deeper dive into the topics that are most interesting to our industry. These classes connect attendees and instructors for practical, in-depth learning, with demonstrations, hands-on materials, and case studies.



This exciting competition attracts the next generation of researchers, engineers and industry professionals from universities and organizations around the globe. Posters are presented during CAMX and are judged on overall presentation, significance to the future of composites and advanced materials, and their commercial application. Authors will need to be available for the meet and greet held on the Wednesday of the conference.


2019 Keynote Speaker

CAMX 2019 kicked off with an exciting General Session, open to all attendees and exhibitors, featuring Vicki Holt, CEO of Protolabs. Protolabs is a bold manufacturing company that is creating disruption in manufacturing with a fresh, creative business model that is digitizing traditional manufacturing processes and enabling their clients to design, test and produce parts quickly, getting to market faster with smaller runs of customized products. The company has been named one of Forbes “Best Small Companies to Work” twice and has increased revenue by 160% in recent years. Holt will share with CAMX why the way manufacturing is done needs to be rethought and approached differently in order to meet the needs of the future. From robotics and AI to 3D printing, prototyping, and employee leadership, everyone in the audience will leave impressed, inspired, and ready to think about customer service, manufacturing, engineering, leadership and management differently.

Holt has served as President and CEO for Protolabs since 2014. Prior to Protolabs, Holt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products. Prior to that, she worked at PPG Industries, serving as Senior Vice President, Glass and Fiber Glass.”


2019 Moderator

Our moderator, Max Thouin, Hexcel, is an engineer by trade, and a true sport enthusiast. He has a strong technical background with extensive knowledge of design, prototyping, manufacturing, testing and marketing of high-end composite products, including sporting equipment. His career has enabled him to combine his passion for both composites and sports, and he brings this passion with him to CAMX as the moderator of the Closing Luncheon. Max’s career has included time at True Temper Sports, Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites. He is currently as a sales development manager at Hexcel.


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