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Our Founders

The Society of Aircraft Material and Process Engineers

Founding Members

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.