The group met monthly to discuss mutual technical problems. Plastics
became a special emphasis, as these were new materials in need of significant
technical documentation. Between 1944 and 1959, 15 SAMPE chapters were
formed in various parts of the USA.
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
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.
SAMPE's organization efforts in the previous decade resulted in a landmark
accomplishment for the society: its first national symposium held in
October 1961. This symposium encompassed all aspects of a new reinforced
plastics process called "filament winding." This process continues to
be used and improved upon today.
SAMPE became recognized as the reinforced plastics society as a result
of the symposium. As boron and graphite fibers were invented and advanced,
and a subset of reinforced plastics came to be known as "composites,"
SAMPE continued to address the progress being made. In the late 1960's,
SAMPE held its first Technical Conference. The Conference and Symposia
take place every Fall and Spring, respectively.
SAMPE's ever-increasing value to the technical community became evident
in the 1960's with the growth of the society's publications. The SAMPE
Newsletter, established in 1961, grew from seven to 24 pages within
two years due to member-generated technical papers. As the newsletter
continued to grow, it was transformed into the SAMPE Journal, a bimonthly
publication containing technical papers, editorial features, and international
and local SAMPE information. Because the fields of material and process
engineering were changing rapidly in 1969, the society introduced a
purely technical publication, the SAMPE Quarterly (renamed the Journal
of Advanced Materials in October 1993). At that time, SAMPE also initiated
the sale of its Symposium and Technical Conferences proceedings to various
institutions such as libraries and universities.
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 International SAMPE Technical
Conference doubled. The International SAMPE Symposium attendance nearly
tripled. The decade closed with membership reaching the 12,000 mark.
SAMPE's strength is in its chapters. We have professional and student
member chapters worldwide.
Promoting market diversification, SAMPE disseminates information about
the commercial and industrial applications of material and processing
engineering. These include land transportation, construction, marine,
biomedical and medical, sports and recreation, and industrial applications.
It is SAMPE's opinion that the well being and career development of
its members as well as the industry by which they are employed requires
that technology transfer be successful.