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
the growth of knowledge from interdisciplinary engineering and
research in composite materials. The society’s original focus was
high strength, high stiffness materials containing at least two phases:
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
approaches for manufacturing, characterizing, modeling, and
continue to be core strengths of the society.
The main forum for the society’s communication
the Annual Technical Conference that is typically held in the months of
September or October of each year.
conferences are world-renowned for their high technical quality. The
technical divisions of the society,
currently focused on Analysis & Testing, Durability & Damage
Emerging Composites Technologies, and Design & Manufacturing,
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.
Composites, and J. Sandwich Structures & Materials. Finally, our website contains upcoming
conferences, key society contacts, information on joining ASC, award
scholarship opportunities, operating rules, links for job
university research centers, and businesses, and archival information
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
involved in our activities.
Charles E. Bakis
American Society for Composites