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SAMPE Announces 2020 Young Professionals Emerging Leadership Award Finalists

Monday, August 3, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janie Drake
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Monday August 3 , 20 20 DIAMOND BAR, CA  –  The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America,  today announced the  finalists  of the  Young Professionals Emerging Leadership Award  (YPELA) . The  a ward recognizes the achievements of  young professionals (who have graduated from university and are under the age of 35) by sending application finalists to the SAMPE North America technical conference and exhibition to network with peers and industry professionals, and to increase their understanding of the materials and process community.

Due to the cancellation of SAMPE 2020 in Seattle,  WA,  the award finalists  will be recognized via  an online  awards  ceremony  in early November  and will be formally recognized  at  SAMPE 2021  in Long Beach, CA, where the finalists for both 2020 and 2021  will be recognized  during an in-person event  to be  announced  at a later date .

“This year’s  YPELA  winners represent the  rising SAMPE stars  of our industry,” said  Jerome Berg , SAMPE’s Executive Vice President and Chair of the North America Awards Committee. “ We’re proud to recognize these outstanding young professionals and their respective contributions to the  fields of composites and advanced materials.”

The  Finalists  are :

2020 Y P’s




Chapter Affiliation

Sana Elyas

Arris Composites

Composite Application Development Engineer

Berkeley, CA

SAMPE – Los Angeles

Chanel Flores

State of Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Aerospace and IT Industry Director

Salt Lake City, UT

SAMPE - Utah

Prof. Kun Fu

University of Delaware

Assistant Professor

Newark, DE

SAMPE – Baltimore/Washington

Prof. Lessa Grunenfelder

University of Southern California

Senior Lecturer

Los Angeles, CA

SAMPE – Los Angeles

Melissa Jaime


Plastics Technologist

West Milford, NJ

SAMPE – New Jersey

Prof. Bo Jin

University of Southern California, M.C. Gill Composites Center

Director, Assistant Professor, Research Scientist

Los Angeles, CA

SAMPE – Los Angeles

Justin Massey

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Composites & Corrosion Division Head

San Diego, CA

SAMPE – San Diego

Dr. Jeremy Moskowitz


Research Scientist

Mauldin, SC

SAMPE - Carolinas

Krishnan Veluswamy

CAPE Lab, South Dakota School of Mines

Senior Research Engineer 

Rapid City, SD

SAMPE – Rocky Mountain

Danning Zhang

Wisk Aero

Sr. Materials and Process Engineer

Santa Clara, CA

SAMPE – Northern California

Thomas Zimmerman

The Boeing Company

Stress Analyst Lead

Huntsville, AL

SAMPE - Carolinas

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