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Keynote: Dr John D Russell

Topic: Carbon Fiber Composites for Next Generation Military Aircraft

Presented by: Dr John D. Russell, Technical Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division of the US Air Force Research Laboratory


With the dramatic increase in the use of carbon fiber composites in commercial aviation, the defense industry is increasingly becoming a niche player.  Military aircraft have greatly different requirements and will be purchased in much smaller quantities than commercial aircraft.  This drives the need for rethinking how military composite aircraft are built in order to maintain high performance at an affordable cost.  This presentation will discuss research needs on composite structures and turbine engine components that are unique to military aviation.


In his role as Technical Director of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Dr Russell is the Chief Technology Officer of the Air Force’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program and is the principal advisor to the Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division Chief on all matters related to the technical strategy for the Air Force’s $265M per year program as well as the personnel and infrastructure required to execute that strategy.  In addition, he is the chairman of the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel which coordinates manufacturing technology requirements and strategies across the military services and agencies.  He has a Doctor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St Louis.  Dr. Russell is a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and is currently secretary of the SAMPE North America Region.