Plenary Speakers

Dr. Duncan Cree

Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
Keynote topic: "Indigenous inventions improved by modern composite materials."

His interest is in the area of materials science, specifically understanding the mechanical behavior of engineering materials. Addressing the challenges of sustainability using waste as resources is a major area of research. Some of Dr. Cree’s past projects pertinent to adding value to waste materials are: a proof of concept to demonstrate waste eggshell as a filler material in injection molded and 3D printed poly(lactic acid) composites and epoxy polymers using a solution mixing method. Other projects entail addition of waste eggshells in cement mortar for masonry applications and addition of crumb tire waste to compression molded polypropylene for products requiring impact applications such as automotive bumper supports, highway impact guards and roof shingles. Read full bio

Ken Segal

Aerospace Engineer, NASA
Keynote topic: "Composites: Innovation at NASA, from ideas to orbit."

Ken Segal is a NASA Aerospace Engineer, safety consultant, pilot, racecar driver and United States Air Force veteran. For the past 33 years, he has designed and built science instruments and spacecrafts at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). At GSFC Ken worked on numerous astrophysics, heliophysics and atmospheric physics programs as well as NASA wide technology development efforts. Past technology development work includes polymer and metal matrix composite material RF waveguides for Hubble Space Telescope, composite corrugated feed horns for the Diffuse Microwave Explorer, and low energy attenuation all composite joints for FERMI-GLAST Anti-Coincidence Detector. Currently, Ken is developing light-weight all composite joints for large-scale launch vehicles and advancing automated fibre placement for space science applications requiring high dimensional stability. Ken holds three patents related to space flight hardware, and is the recipient NASA's Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, and GSFC's Center Safety Award. Personally, Ken is married and the father of three children.

Dr. Suong Van Hoa

Full Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University
Keynote topic: "4D printing of composites."

Dr. Hoa has been working on composite materials and structures since 1979. He has worked on different aspects of composites such as stress analysis, finite element analysis, polymer nano composites, design of composites, and recently on automated composite manufacturing. Dr. Hoa has more than 500 articles published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has worked on many industrially related projects on composites. He was awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair on Automated Composites Manufacturing, supported by Bombardier Aerospace, and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. for the period from 2012-2022. He recently came up with a technique called “4D printing” of composites.

Dr. Hoa is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He received the NSERC Synergy award in 2006, Nanoquebec NanoAcademia award in 2006, title Pratt & Whitney Research Fellow in 2008, American Society for Composite Materials Destech award in 2011. He is an ICCM (International Committee of Composite Materials) Life Member, and World Fellow of the ICCM, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Composites, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Institute of Canada. Read full bio