On March 17, 1944, nine material and process engineers representing five aircraft companies met at Northrop Aircraft Company in Hawthorne, CA. These were the people who created what we now call “SAMPE”.
Virgil K. Crawford, Airesearch Company
Walter E. Davidson, Lockheed Aircraft
Dennis Friedland, Douglas Aircraft
Robert Janssen, North American Aviation
Mitchell Raskin, Northrop Aircraft
Manuel Sanz, Consolidate Vultee
Howard Sipple, Lockheed Aircraft
Dean Williams, North American Aircraft
Homer Young, Douglas Aircraft
Robert (Bob) Janssen was selected to be the first chair of the Society. Between 1944 and 1960, the group was based in Los Angeles with chapters in LA, St. Louis and Seattle. A president was not elected until the group became known as SAMPE National. In 1960, Bernard “Lefty” Silverman was selected to our first national president.