American Society of Composites
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.
For over 30 years, the American Society for Composites (ASC) has been an organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and technology of composite materials and structures.
As an all-volunteer group composed of dedicated professionals in academia, industry, national laboratories, and federal agencies, we aim to serve as the pre-eminent focal point for the technical exchange of ideas, building networks and relationships, and facilitating communication amongst individuals having a mutual interest in composites.
While this is primarily achieved through the Society's annual technical conference, other opportunities to participate and be involved exist through the Technical Divisions, organization of conference sessions, and via service in leadership positions. Please join in the continued advancement of your Society which exists to serve you and the needs of the greater composites community.
Welcome from the President
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle did not have composites in mind, but his adage certainly applies to composite materials and structures, which rely essentially upon the constituents - matrix and reinforcements - building upon their respective strengths while offsetting the other’s weaknesses. Decades of ingenuity, science, and technology driven progress has led to composites’ implementation in a broad range of applications from spacecraft and aerospace vehicles to wind energy harvesting, sail boats, medical implants and prosthetic devices, and recreational products, to name just a few. The adage, however, equally holds true for the American Society for Composites (ASC) - an all-volunteer team of passionate, dedicated professionals, collegial in their belief that progress happens by embracing diversity of thoughts, experiences, talents, and discourse, fueled by a welcoming spirit. So, welcome!
You have a place in ASC. You have YOUR place in ASC, as student, faculty, practicing engineer, scientist, and researcher - we never seize to search and re-search. Become engaged in ASC’s established endeavors: The Annual Technical Conference, the Technical Divisions, leadership positions, or those new endeavors yet to emerge that are dear to your heart!
To students: Our collective hope is for you to carry forward ASC’s legacy, starting today!
Prof. Ronald Franklin Gibson (November 7, 1942 – December 25, 2021)
Prof. Gibson was a cherished colleague who served the composite community with dedication. He was president of the American Society for Composites in 2004-2005. His research enriched our understanding of composite material mechanical properties and testing through several archival publication. The Principles of Composite Material Mechanics, textbook he authored is in its third Edition. A Fellow of ASME, SAMPE and ASC Ron continued to serve admirably over the years on several ASC awards committee. Ron is remembered for his humility and ever willingness to contribute his time and talent to serve. May the values of scholarship, mentorship and service he cherished continue through our lives.
The next ASC conference venue will be:
Sept 19-22, 2022
ASC 37th Technical Conference
University of Arizona
July 30-Aug 4 2023
International Conference on Composite Materials
July 20-22, 2022
US-Japan and Euro-Japan Joint Conference on Composite Materials
January 23-27, 2023
2021 AIAA Science and Technology Forum
National Harbor, MD