To provide a communication forum for the engineering and scientific community in composite materials. To expedite the growth of knowledge gained from inter-disciplinary engineering and scientific research in composite materials. To promote the exploitation of the unique properties of composite materials in emerging applications.

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The next ASC conference venue will be:
September 19-22, 2016

ASC 31st Technical Conference
Williamsburg, VA

August 1-2, 2016
US-Japan Conference on Composite Materials
Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

January 4-8, 2016
57th AIAA SDM Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
San Diego, CA

American Society for Composites
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
& Engineering Mechanics
422 Kettering Laboratory
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0243


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the American Society for Composites (ASC).  ASC was founded in 1986 to provide a communication forum for the engineering and scientific community in composite materials. Our aim is to promote the growth of knowledge from interdisciplinary engineering and scientific research in composite materials. The society’s original focus was mainly on high strength, high stiffness materials containing at least two phases: a reinforcing phase and a matrix phase.  With the advent of multifunctional composites in recent years, the “reinforcing phase” is commonly replaced or augmented by one or more phases providing sensing, thermal management, electrical conductivity, energy harvesting, and actuation, to name a few examples.  Leading edge composite materials and innovative approaches for manufacturing, characterizing, modeling, and implementing them continue to be core strengths of the society.

The main forum for the society’s communication mission is the Annual Technical Conference that is typically held in the months of September or October of each year.  ASC conferences are world-renowned for their high technical quality.  The technical divisions of the society, currently focused on Analysis & Testing, Durability & Damage Tolerance, Emerging Composites Technologies, and Design & Manufacturing, provide further networking opportunities among colleagues in composites.  Interested persons are encouraged to contact the division chairs and get involved. ASC also sponsors four journals:  J. Composite Materials, J. Reinforced Plastics & Composites, J. Thermoplastic Composites, and J. Sandwich Structures & Materials.  Finally, our website contains upcoming conferences, key society contacts, information on joining ASC, award and scholarship opportunities, operating rules, links for job opportunities, university research centers, and businesses, and archival information on past ASC conferences, proceedings, and award winners.

As you browse our website to learn about ASC, feel free to contact us if you have questions, comments, or would like to become more involved in our activities.


Charles E. Bakis

President, American Society for Composites