Plenary sessions

Automotive and Mobility trends, Composite Perspectives and Challenges
Christophe AUFRERE
Faurecia, France

Christophe Aufrère has more than 30 years of experience in the Automotive Industry in R&D. He joined Faurecia in 1990 and had many responsibilities within the Automotive Seating Business Group until R&D VP. He joined the Group as CTO in 2011 being mainly  in charge of the Technology Strategy, the Innovation, the Expertise and the Industrial Property. In addition, he manages technical activities with external organizations; he is a member of the French Automotive Platform, Deputy VP of the Technical Committee of the FISITA (worldwide international organization of the automotive engineers), member of the CAIT (Consortium for Automotive Industry and Technology in China) and member of the Hydrogen Council which is aiming at developing the hydrogen market.


Computational Strategies for aerospace composite product design and development at Safran
Frédéric FEYEL
Safran, France 

After a civil degree at the School of Mines in Paris, Frédéric Feyel worked at Onera from 1995 to 2014. After a PhD about using supercomputers for multiscale mechanics of matérials and structures, he continued thoses works and applies them to aeronautics structures. He left Onera un 2014 to join SafranTech, the Safran Group corporate research center. Since 2008, he is an associate professor at the Ecole Polytechnique. Emeritus expert fellowship in computational mechanics, he is currently head of the modelling and simulation department.



Orientation Predictions for Short-Fiber Composites: Past and Future
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Charles Tucker studied Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T., where he received an S.B. degree in 1975, an S.M. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1978.  Since 1978 he has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is now the Alexander Rankin Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.  

Dr. Tucker’s research focuses on manufacturing processes for polymers and composite materials.  He is well known for the development of molding filling simulations for compression molding and resin transfer molding.  His theories for predicting fiber orientation in short-fiber composites as used worldwide in all commercial injection molding software packages.  He has also studied microstructure development in polymer blends, mixing in chaotic laminar flows, and structure-property relationships in semi-crystalline polymers.  He has advised 50 master’s, Ph.D., and post-doctoral students.

Honors and awards for Dr. Tucker include the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence (University of Illinois College of Engineering), the Luckman Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (University of Illinois campus-wide award), a Presidential Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation) and the TRW Postdoctoral Award in Manufacturing Engineering.  Dr. Tucker is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  From 2013 to 2017 he served the university as Vice Provost, where he supported innovations in pedagogy, interdisciplinary courses, and online education.

Dr. Tucker edited the book Fundamentals of Computer Modeling for Polymer Processing and, with his colleague Jonathan Dantzig, wrote, Modeling in Materials Processing


Evolving Composite Technologies for Future Aerospace Applications
Christian WEIMER
Airbus, Germany

Christian Weimer studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he received a Master degree in 1998. He was a researcher at the Institute for Composite Materials (Kaiserslautern) and team leader of the Manufacturing Science Group from 1998 to 2003. He received a PhD degree from the University of Kaiserslautern in 2002 where he investigated preforming technologies as well as liquid resin transfer processing. From 2003 to 2012, Dr Weimer held various positions within Eurocopters/Helicopters including Head of Production Technologies and Senior Expert Composite Materials and Technologies. From 2012 to 2016 he was Head of Operations and Head of Composites at Airbus Group Innovations. Since 2017 he has been Head of Materials Domain at Airbus, Central Research and Technology. In addition to his involvement in the aeronautic industry, Dr Weimer has been a lecturer at the TU Munich where he teaches a course on “Composites Supply Chain and Value Creation”.

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