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Rocky Mountain SAMPE Meeting


Developing One-of-a-Kind Composite Structures for Science and Exploration 

presented by:
Dr. Daniel L. Polis
Dream Chaser Structures Subsystem Lead
Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Systems

Special Notes:
Must be USA Cititizen
Must RSVP by May 14
RSVP to Rich Merschel or 303-988-8641
Event limited to 25 attendees maximum
(SAMPE members given preference)

Where:  Sierra Nevada Corporation
1722 Boxelder St.
Louisville, CO 80027

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:00 PM Check-In, ID Verification and Badgeing
5:30 - 6:30 PM: Presentation

Presentation Outline
-Recent examples of composite structures designed and built by NASA and its partners

-Primary benefits of composites (carbon fiber reinforced plastics, CFRP's) for space structures

-Composite technology thrust areas

Dr. Daniel L. Polis Bio

Dr. Polis currently serves as the Structures Subsystem Lead for Sierra Nevada Corporations’ Dream Chaser Cargo System, in Louisville, CO.  In this role he manages a team of engineers to design, build, test and certify a spacecraft structure planned for orbital flight, International Space Station services, re-entry and reuse.

Before arriving at SNC, Dr. Polis spent 10 years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.   At NASA he played an integral role in the development of several one-of-kind composite structures, including the NESC’s Composite Crew Module, The cryogenic composite metering structure on the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Super-Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC), which carried The Hubble Space Telescope’s new instruments to LEO on STS-125.

Prior to NASA, Dr. Polis worked for General Electric, where he was program leader for the ceramic technology group in the Lighting Division.  Here, he and his colleagues developed novel ceramic forming processes and materials, as applied to high intensity discharge lamps, which led to several patented technologies. 

Dr. Polis earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary.

Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering

Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter

Welcome to Rocky Mountain SAMPE, the chapter for professionals of the composites industry located near the Colorado Rocky Mountains. About 2/3 of our membership is based in Colorado, with most of the other 1/3 spread throughout Wyoming, South Dakota (student), Nebraska, Montana, and North Dakota.

SAMPE Mission Statement:

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering is a global, member-governed volunteer, not for profit organization. The organization is to supply information for the advancement of materials and processes; opportunities for career development within the materials and processes community; and education in the fundamentals of materials and process technologies. These shall be offered to the professional members, to the student members and to the industry in a financially responsible manner and with professional integrity.