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.
The next ASC conference venue will be:
Sept 19-22, 2021
ASC 36th Technical Conference
Texas A&M University
July 30-Aug4 2023
International Conference on Composite Materials
US-Japan and Euro-Japan Joint Conference on Composite Materials
January 3-7, 2022
2021 AIAA Science and Technology Forum
San Diego, CA
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
Composites and engineered materials provide system designers with many opportunities to reduce structural weight, increase performance, and enhance the durability under extreme-use conditions. The American Society for Composites (ASC) focuses on the advancement of science and engineering, which has led to numerous innovations in the field of composites. Advances in chemistry, mechanics, computational methods, manufacturing methods, and machinery are paving way to high-performance, lightweight composite structures. Members of the ASC perform multidisciplinary and multi-scale research, design and manufacture systems with composites for many large and small industries, and educate a new generation of professionals. The society is an all-volunteer organization and serves primarily as a communication and collaboration platform. The ASC engages the community through its annual technical conference through its published proceedings, awards recognizing contributions of the early-career and experienced professionals in the field, and doctoral research scholarships that encourage students to pursue careers related to composites. I invite you to join the society, attend the annual technical conference, or volunteer your time to our organization.
AnnouncementsIt is with great sadness to report the news about the passing of a dear colleague, Prof. Paul Lagace from MIT. Prof. Lagace has made life-long contributions to the field of composites, and he was recognized as a Fellow of the ASC in 2005. The ASC extends our sincerest sympathies to Prof. Lagace’s family. More Information can be found at the following link:
The funeral home is Nichols Funeral Home in Wilmington. http://www.
It is with great sadness that we inform our colleagues about the passing of Clarence (Buddy) C. Poe Jr., retired NASA researcher. Buddy had a significant influence on the advancement of fracture mechanics, primarily for metals but the practical applications of his research included composites. A nice biography highlighting his life and career may be found at https://
Buddy was an active member of Mil-Hdbk-17 and contributed to the handbook until his retirement in 1999. He was a mentor to many young researchers, summer students and summer faculty at NASA Langley Research Center and in recognition Buddy received the ASTM D30 W. Stinchcomb Memorial Lecture and Award in 1999. His professionalism and kindness will be missed.