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



CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, is pleased to announce Maurice Conti as the keynote speaker for the CAMX 2024 General Session. Conti, a globally recognized futurist, innovator, and technology strategist, will bring his unparalleled insights and vision to the premier event for the composites and advanced materials industry. He is among the architects of the emerging technologies that are evolving humanity and the world around us: Artificial Intelligence, immersive reality (AR/VR/XR), advanced robotics and manufacturing, and technology for sustainability. He is a rare blend of hands–on practitioner and big thinker.

Conti is a sought-after and trusted advisor to the leadership teams of global companies, including Amazon Web Services, Lululemon, Mercedes AMG, NielsenIQ, Ralph Lauren, and Blackline Systems, on how to think about and deploy AI for the benefit of people and business.

Working at the intersection of disruptive innovation, emerging technologies, and the future of work, cities, mobility, and climate, Conti is a vocal champion for the creation of technologies whose foundations are rooted in positive, human-centered purpose. More than 12 million people have watched his popular TED talks, and his engaging speaking style, deep subject-matter expertise, and relatable insights are based on decades of work “in the trenches” with leading brands, including Nike, Tesla, Disney, Amazon, Airbus, and Ford.


Good Day, CAMX

Get ready for GOOD DAY, CAMX!, where top industry CEOs from manufacturing, suppliers, and distributors will share their insights on the future of our industry and the challenges ahead. This dynamic conversation will dive into crucial topics like sustainability, infrastructure, and Artificial Intelligence. Attendees will discover the next big thing in the composites and advanced materials industry and enjoy some engaging moments with our industry leaders. This year, to ensure everyone can join in, Good Day, CAMX! will take place right on the show floor at the CAMX Theater. Swing by for a cup of joe and some insightful discussions!


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.



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.

The Poster Session is accepting applications until June 1.

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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