The SAMPE Executive Cabinet has established the vision and direction for the Society for the next six years, in the form of four key goals. These goals outline what is needed for the sustained success of SAMPE.
SAMPE will be recognized globally as the premier source of technical information by the Materials & Processes (M&P) community. Many SAMPE members are Material or Process Engineers, who have jobs that change very rapidly. One day they may need to determine with what structural material to make a component, the next day they may be tasked to find a replacement for Freon in their cleaning processes. SAMPE was started in 1944 to be the technical society catering to the needs of the M&P community. For us to be successful in that charter, we need to offer technical topics that are timely and at the correct level of technical detail required. These individuals need to be aware of late breaking developments, and evolving regulations. Their level of understanding is to be a jack of trades, but not master of one. We must provide diversified technical programs, and articles in the Journal with the emphasis on comprehensive overviews, listing the pros and cons of materials and processes. We must also continue to promote careers and academic excellence in Materials and Process Engineering with our student chapters and scholarship programs. We will not try to be everything. We will identify those niches M&P engineers need that are not being addressed elsewhere, and do that ourselves. For those technical areas M&P engineers need to know about, but other societies are already addressing, we can provide access to our membership via co-location of meetings, or even advertising and recommending the other conferences. This requires us to stay in tune with our membership, and be flexible in our technical direction to provide the topics of key interest to them.
SAMPE will be recognized as the premier source of information in breadth and depth for composites technology. With respect to composites, we should be the prime resource including basic understanding through latest technical breakthroughs and applications. We will provide basic education for technology transfer, lead the development of college curricula and projects, plus provide information on current technology developments. The SAMPE Journal of Advanced Materials and our technical programs will be tailored to cover all aspects of composites, including fundamental research.
SAMPE will be recognized as the primary forum for networking and interaction between those with M&P problems and those that provide M&P solutions. This will be accomplished through a strong, global infrastructure of local chapters, plus global and national meetings and exhibitions. We will provide innovative opportunities for those with M&P problems to voice their needs, and those with solutions to get their word out. We are going to encourage more presentations from M&P engineers with problems to voice their needs, and more opportunities for companies with new solutions to get the word out.
SAMPE will be valued by our members, exhibitors, and the M&P community as a stable partner, focused on their needs and satisfaction. Our dealings will be prompt and professional, with the goal of 100% customer satisfaction, whether the customer is a member, a corporation, a government agency, or an industry. We will be able to quickly respond to new technology thrusts, and will be proactive in continuous improvement. Our global operations will be seamless, and we will remain financially secure and stable.