The 10th SAMPE Benelux Student Meeting was organized in Ermelo at the conference centre Dennenheul, after having visited Ghent previous year. There were 10 participating students, partly master students, partly PhD-students. As all years, a wide variety of topics was covered by the students, ranging from research on nano-tubes to racing bicycles, solar powered cars and damage growth. The students came from the KULeuven, UGent, UCL, TUDelft and UTwente, covering the most important groups active in composite and materials research. The students all wrote a two page abstract, that is published in the SAMPE Benelux Student Meeting Book of Abstracts.
A keynote lecture was given by Harald Heerink and Remko Akkerman from TPRC, informing the students on how research and industry can complement each other. The SAMPE Benelux Student Meeting was sponsored by Airborne Composites, CTC, DTC, Fokker, KVE Composites, Ten Cate Advanced Composites and TPRC. During the second day of the meeting, a visit was organized to Dutch Space in Leiden, which was impressive and informative.
The student’s presentations were judged by a jury representing the sponsors. The jury members were: Tahira Ahmed (Airborne Composites), Sjoerd Hooning (DTC), Michael Wielandt (Fokker), Jeroen de Vries (KVE Composites), Harald Heerink (TPRC) en Remko Akkerman (TPRC/UTwente). The jury was completed by three SAMPE Benelux board members: Ariean Koelewijn, Richard Loendersloot and Bert Rietman. The latter is taking over the function of Student Coordinator from Richard Loendersloot.