Society for the Advancement of
Material and Process Engineering
The only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes.
The Society of Aircraft Material and Process Engineers was formed in 1944 by nine Southern California aerospace professionals concerned with the scarcity of materials and the resulting need to economize. They believed that a network of material and process engineers would provide the best means for information exchange and prevent duplication of effort among companies working toward a common goal. They arranged a meeting with the most prominent Southern California material and process engineers to discuss the formation of such a society.
With the dawning of the Space Age in the late 1950's, members agreed that the best way to obtain an interchange of new material and process information was to form a nationwide organization. Additionally, to reflect its efforts in the Space Age, the national SAMPE organization was formed and renamed the Society of Aerospace Material and Process Engineers.
In its first year as a national organization, the steering committee laid the groundwork for a national symposium, and established local chapter scholarship programs and activities committees. They then developed SAMPE's bylaws, charter, and articles of incorporation which were refined throughout the 1960's.
In 1973, the organization's name was changed to The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, reflecting membership growth beyond the aerospace industry.
The 1980's brought about unprecedented growth. The first non-USA chapter was founded in Europe. Attendance at the SAMPE Technical Conference doubled. The International SAMPE Symposium attendance nearly tripled.
SAMPE's strength is in its chapters. We have professional and student member chapters worldwide.