SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Student Awards

SPE ACCE issues an annual call for graduate-level scholarship applications in automotive composites. Past winners of the scholarships and their topic are listed below. Clicking on the first-level bullets will open a writeup from that year’s SPE ACCE program guide about each student winner. Clicking on the paper titles will bring you to a copy of each paper (which can be viewed and/or downloaded) from the SPE ACCE Archives.

  • 2016 Winners (research papers to be presented at the 2017 ACCE):
    • Lu Wang, University of Maine: Cellulose Nanofibrils Reinforced Polypropylene by 3D printing for Lightweighting
    • Srikanth Raviprasad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Novel Structure-Material System to Resist High Velocity Impacts
    • Mariana Desiree Reale Batista, Michigan State University: Hybrid Cellulose Composites: Lightweight Materials for Automotive Applications
  • 2015 Winners (research papers to be presented at the 2016 ACCE):
    • Márton Kardos, University of Applied Sciences Hof: Material Characterization and Draping Simulation of Thermoplastic Prepregs: The Influence of Temperature
    • Christopher Boise, Baylor University: Investigation of Anisotropic Stiffness and CTE of Woven Composite Laminae Using Finite Elements
    • Nicholas T. Kamar, Michigan State University: Toughening Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Polymer Composites with Graphene Nanoplatelets and Block Copolymers
  • 2014 Winners (research papers presented at the 2015 ACCE):
    • Markus Downey, Michigan State University: Hybrid Toughening of Aromatic Epoxy Polymers via Graphene Nano-Platelets and Aliphatic Epoxy Copolymers: Optimized Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Lightweighting
    • Fatimat Oluwatoyin Bakare, University of Boras: Synthesis of Bio-Based Composites with a Lactic Acid Based Thermoset Resin from Lactic Acid and Allyl Alcohol
    • Sebastian Goris, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Contribution to the Understanding of Fiber Motion in Compression Molding of Long-Fiber Thermoplastics
  • 2013 Winners (research papers presented at the 2014 ACCE):
    • Keith Honaker-Schroeder, Michigan Institute of Higher Learning: Exfoliated Graphene Nanoplatelet-High Density Polyethylene Nanocomposites and their Use in the Automotive Industry
    • Nick Smith, Purdue University: Simulation of Compression Molded Composites using a High Volume Fraction of Long Fibers & Prepreg Precursor Material
    • Sarah Stair, Balor University: Non-Destructive Characterization of Ply Orientation and Ply Type of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Laminates
  • 2012 Winners (research papers presented at the 2013 ACCE):
    • John Hofmann, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: The Effect of Glass Fiber Length on Orientation Distribution within Center & End Gated Injection Molded Composites
    • Alper Kiziltas, University of Maine: Natural Fiber Blends
      Filled Engineering Thermoplastic Composites for Automobile Industry
      and Utilization of Carpet Waste as Matrix in Natural Fiber-Filled Engineering Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications
  • 2011 Winners (research papers presented at the 2012 ACCE):
    • David Inglefield, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Carbon Nanotubes in Polymer Composites
    • Thomas (Tom) G. Loken, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Effects of Processing Conditions on FIber-Length Distribution in Short-Fiber Composites
  • 2010 Winners (research papers presented at the 2011 ACCE):
    • Benjamin Hangs, Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie: Integration of Features into Parts Made from Thermoplastic, Unidirectional Tape – Overview and Case Study
    • Francesco DeLeo, University of Washington: Crashworthiness Energy Absorption of Carbon Fiber Composites: Experiment and Simulation
  • 2009 Winners (research papers presented at the 2010 ACCE):
    • Gregorio Vélez-García, Virginia Tech: Improvement in Orientation Measurement for Short & Long Fiber Injection Molded Composites
    • Zeba Parkar, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champagne: Orientational Order Induced by Carbon Fiber in Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester Matrix
  • 2008 Winners (research papers presented at the 2009ACCE):
    • Tobias Potyra, Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie: Flexibility in the Direct Strand Moulding Compound Process
    • Uday Sharma, University of Michigan-Dearborn: Analysis of Woven Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites under Varying Strain Rates
  • 2007 Winners (research papers presented at the 2008ACCE)
    • Roston Elwell, Texas A&M University: Machine Augmented Composites Utilizing an Hourglass Shaped Core Element in a Soft Nearly Incompressible Matrix
    • Alejandro Londono-Hurtado, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Computer Predictions of the Behavior of Fiber-Reinforced Composites During Molding